Water can be a menace to any mobile home – flooding damage to your tires squealing in a puddle of mud. Depending on where your home is located, you may have some options to either redirect water or soak it up. Improving your landscaping can be the simple solution to long time water build-up prevention. Below we explore some basic strategies.
If your yard has a natural indention/depression, a swale may be a good solution for you. Swales are used to redirect water build-up by sending it elsewhere. It’s recommended to add rocks or deep rooted plants to the edge of the swale. A small gravel path can be laid as a path to the swale if water does not naturally flow to it.
Another easy solution is to extend drainage pipes. You can add piping, place a concrete piece below the spout, or make your own small path to redirect water with a heavier wood chip mulch, gravel, or rocks.
If your land has a small hill that dumps out into a patch of flat land you might consider a rain garden. Rain gardens simply catch high amounts of water. Try putting plants that do well in lots of water and sun in a rain garden. Place the most porous plant in the place where the water settles. It would be wise to use heavy mulch and rocks as well. This method captures water instead of redirecting it. Please be sure plants in the garden can handle lots of water.
You might have small cement valleys poured along your driveway or just down the hill. The same thing could be achieved with rocks or pebbles as well.
Lastly, you can make use of large, stacked flat rocks. These are very versatile and great for both placing at the end of a drain spout or making wide paths that can catch and redirect water. You can also try tons of different methods of stacking or placing to create the style you want.
Caring for your mobile home and keeping up with maintenance can improve the life of your home. Plus, by working with drainage problems you can avoid both annoying and serious issues.