How to Handle Excess Water Runoff

Do you live in an area that gives real meaning to the phrase “when it rains, it pours?” Do you constantly wake up the morning after a storm to find puddles of water settling on your lawn and walkways? If so, you might have a problem with excess water runoff.

While your gutters and downspouts did their job in getting the rain off your roof and away from your home itself, you need to look into creating a solution to get the water farther away from your property, so it doesn’t ruin your lawn or pavement. Lucky for you, we’ve got some ideas for how to do that.


These are depressions that follow a natural or artificially-built slope and guide water from one location to another. They filter the water runoff by letting it sink into the soil around it, so it’s important to use fast-draining soil when creating these. You should also consider using a porous pipe underneath gravel or river rock to help with really heavy water flow.

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are the places you would most likely have the swale carry water to. These are shallow basins used as flower beds that allow water to collect during a storm. They are also great drainage places if your gutters send water down a slope. It’s a good idea to use fast-draining soil in a rain garden, so your plant life can absorb the water and grow properly.

No matter what solution you choose, it’s important to keep rainwater from pooling in your gutters or around your home — which can’t happen if your gutters are clogged with debris. Keystone Gutter Helmet offers top-rated protection systems to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters, allowing water to flow freely away from your home. For more information or to get a free consultation, call 610-372-4383.