Drainage Solutions

All of our landscapes need rain, and yet often it creates as many problems as it solves. The runoff from our roofs often destroys our flowerbeds. Instead of simply letting downspouts dump water into the garden, consider installing drainage grates underground to receive the runoff and carry it away to safer areas. The grates can be removed for cleaning from time to time.

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Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.


  1. Sir,
    I have a drainage problem. My lot slopes
    toward the front of my house, causing my
    porch to flood. I have trenched a small area in front of the house, but am afraid that this may cause the water to seep under the slab. I need advice.

  2. the problem I have is similiar to the one david flott has but I was thinking of having a retaing wall in front of the house where there is dropoff sloped down about 2 1/2 ft. The main problem is my electric and water and telephone line come right to the front corner of the house which is where most of the water gets under the house. I’m afraid if I dig down too far then these will be exposed. I’m not so worried about the electric and telephone lines but my water line freezing in the winter. Any ideas would be appreciated. Oh by the way the frost line here is about 18 inches which is about how deep these lines are. greg may

    • Hi, Margo!
      We provide questions to Danny on a weekly basis. Like the website says, we’re not able to answer every question due to the high volume of mail we receive, but we sure do our best. 🙂 Thanks so very much for watching, and for visiting TodaysHomeowner.com.

  3. We have ground water coming into our basement, where the walls meet the floor, gallons of water daily. How can we stop it?

    • Hi, Rosie,
      A flooded basement can be challenging, and we’d need more information to understand the situation. We recommend submitting questions about unique situations like yours to the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.
      Please use this form to contact Danny Lipford, America’s Home Expert, directly: https://todayshomeowner.com/radio/ask-questions/
      Take care!

  4. Backyard has a drain that appears to be a French Drain, with no exit pipe. It appears plugged and the yard by the house will flood during heavy rain.


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