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How To Fix Flooding Patio: 6 Fast Fixes

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Many homes in the UK are at risk of flooding, but it’s not just those areas that have the highest flood risks that need to be careful with how they plan drainage around their homes. 

Exterior surfaces, like patios and paths, can flood after heavy rain or after bouts of ice and snow, even if your home isn’t deemed at risk of flooding. 

No matter whether your patio is a new construction or has been a part of your landscaping for years, problems with the design of the exterior surface can cause areas of flooding or water settlement on a large part of the surface.

To restore your patio back to a beautiful water-free area, careful consideration needs to be given to existing and new drainage solutions. Here are six fast fixes for how to fix flooding patio surfaces in your garden:

Fast Fix One: Install French Drains

French drains are a good solution to patios that are prone to flooding and whilst quite labour-intensive to install, don’t take very long to construct. This type of drainage can work in areas where the most water settles.

A French drain normally takes the form of a trench that contains a pipe with holes in it, which is buried beneath a material like gravel. The idea behind this concept is that some water will drain naturally through the trench, whilst the pipe carries away the bulk of the water. 

Fast Fix Two: Add Gravel to Your Patio

A solid surface that’s not porous will offer no natural drainage, which can lead to water sitting on the surface of a patio for large durations of time. If your patio is constructed from non-porous materials, then one solution to fix the flooding is to break up the design with gravel or stones.

Creating a strip of gravel between each paver will give the water a place to drain naturally, instead of just sitting on the surface and damaging the paving slabs.

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Improving the drainage of the soil in your garden will help the area to handle heavy rainfall without instantly causing your patio to flood

Fast Fix Three: Improve Soil Drainage

If you live in an area where soil has a high content of clay, or if there are other problems with the natural drainage of the soil around your patio, then you could find that your patio begins to flood, as there will be nowhere for the water to go.

Improving the drainage of the soil in your garden will help the area to handle heavy rainfall without instantly causing your patio to flood.

Fast Fix Four: Build a Soakaway

A soakaway, like a French drain, will enable more water to soak into the ground. Similar to a French drain, but without the pipe, soakaways can enhance existing drainage by providing another area for water to drainage.

Placing a soakaway at the bottom of your patio’s slope will help to prevent water building up and causing water to settle and stay on the surface of the patio.

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With water draining through the surface of the patio, you won’t have to worry about water build-up, puddles or severe flooding. As resin surfaces are used for driveways, you’re also going to get a strong, durable and long-lasting surface that is going to look amazing in your garden. Sorted!

Fast Fix Five: Re-Grade Your Patio

If your patio doesn’t have a natural slope, or the grade of the patio is causing water to run into the middle of the surface, then you may have to consider re-grading your patio.

Like any outdoor surface, the grade of a patio determines where the water goes, which you ideally want to be away from the patio and into a drainage system that can cope with the amount of water run-off. 

Fast Fix Six: Install a Permeable Surface

In areas of heavy rain, where a portion of the back garden has been paved, drainage systems can easily be overwhelmed, as can natural drainage solutions. One option to lower water run-off whilst still ensuring that a patio doesn’t flood, is to install a permeable patio surface. 

A resin bound permeable surface allows water to drain through the surface of the patio, without you having to break up the smooth surface with the addition of gravel, or other similar materials.

With water draining through the surface of the patio, you won’t have to worry about water build-up, puddles or severe flooding. As resin surfaces are used for driveways, you’re also going to get a strong, durable and long-lasting surface that is going to look amazing in your garden.

To enquire further about resin surfaces for patios, paths, or driveways, make Home Logic the first service that you call for expert advice and free home surveys! Simply dial 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get the ball rolling today!