My name is Ryan and I live in Washington state in Snoqualmie, east of Seattle. I am having drainage issues with my front and backyard. I live in a planned community and my neighbors are not experiencing this issue. My backyard is relatively level and my front yard is sloped away from the house. The soild directly beneath the grass is glacial till with rocks of various sizes dispersed among a clay type soil. Any suggestions on correcting this issue without a substantial outlay of cash? Thanks in advance for any responses.
Clay takes longer to drain right through (percolate) compared with sandy soil.
You will need to regrade the back yard so it is a tad higher at the house and a tad lower further back.
Why the front yard has problems while it is already sloped awy from the house I don't know, unless it has undulations as opposd to being a smooth slope.
When cleaning anything including baby diapers, it is better to sweep off or scrape off as much solid and semisolid material as you can first. (1) Less cleaning fluid or detergent needs to be used, (2) Less of a mushy mess which in turn means that bleaches or disinfectants will be more effective.
Are you getting water around your foundation, or do you have puddles that take a little while to go away? I've used swales, dams and raingardens to handle water. But if it percolates into the soil in a reasonable amount of time and it is 10ft from the house I don't think you have a problem.