Maintenance

Lanscaping Tips for Maximum Drainage

How to keep your cabin dry the natural way
By Kurt Anderson
Published: February 3, 2014
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Photo by THE FIRST THING – When analyzing water flow and drainage on your property, the first thing you need to do is walk to the highest point of your property so you can perform a visual inspection.
In the world of stormwater control, there are two golden rules: Go as far upstream as possible, and let gravity do the work for you. In other words, the best approach is to not let water reach your home site in the first place, and use passive drainage to accomplish that goal.

The same principles apply to reliably keeping your cabin dry. Whether you have a slab, basement, or crawl space, you want to keep the water as far away as possible. It makes little sense to install a sump pit and pump (which can and will fail when there’s a power outage) when a little landscaping can prevent the water from reaching your cabin in the first place.

The following are a few tips, starting upstream and working down the line. If you need to perform extensive dirt work, be sure to check with your local or state government for the necessary permits first.
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