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How to Remove Sources of Standing Water
Removing standing water from your yard is important, especially if you live in an area where mosquitoes are prevalent. Keep your yard clean and free of anything that may catch water, especially during the spring and summer. Tend to water features such as pools and ponds as well. Finally, make sure to change the water in any indoor vases regularly and watch out for other sources of standing water indoors.
Getting Rid of Hidden Standing Water
Discard debris.The classic example is a old tire or empty gardening pot. Items such as these can easily collect and hold small amounts of standing water. Discard tires properly or drill holes in them to allow water to drain. Stack and cover containers such as pots whenever they’re not in use.
- Steps such as this are especially important to take late in the winter, preceding mosquito breeding season.
Take care of collected yard waste.Piles of raked leaves, grass, or other brush can collect small pools of standing water that you may not be able to see. They can also serve as hangouts for adult mosquitoes during the day. Dispose of these piles before they are able to do so. If you compost, be sure to turn your pile weekly at the very least.
Have young people store their toys properly.Irregularly used kiddie pools are especially likely candidates for standing water. That said, many different toys can collect small amounts of standing water that may be less apparent. Encourage and help your children put away their toys inside or in a covered area.
- Make sure to get the little things too: that shovel in the sandbox or that frisbee in the corner of the yard are both ideal for small deposits of standing water.
Clean your gutters and drains.Gutters can fill and clog quite quickly, and can readily collect standing water. While a gutter cover can help, you’ll still need to check gutters regularly. Similarly, your downspouts and the drains or erosion-controlling troughs they pour into can get clogged as well.
- Check and clean your drains after any large leaf drops in the fall, and again at the end of winter.
Drain your garden properly.Standing water can collect in the areas of your yard that you keep watered, such as your garden. If ever you notice that a certain spot remains wet, it is likely collecting water above and below the surface.
- Add sand to the ground near the area to allow water to drain away from the spot.
- Alternatively, dig a shallow drainage trough from a frequently wet area of the garden to another lower part of the garden that dries out more quickly.
Regrade your lawn if water pools in certain areas.If water collects in shallow parts of your yard, work to raise that area of the yard. The easiest way to do so is adding soil to the area to bring it up to grade with the surrounding ground level. Alternatively, you can dig a shallow ditch from the shallow part of your yard to an area the water will be able to drain.
Remove stumps.Tree stumps that haven’t been fully removed can collect standing water that may not be readily apparent. Instead of allowing a stump to slowly decompose, continue chopping it until you can till it into the surrounding soil or remove it entirely.
Keeping Water Features Clean
Facilitate movement in natural water features.If you have a pond on your property, there are several things you can do to ensure it doesn’t turn into a giant deposit of murky standing water. Foremost, install an aerator or fountain in the pond to maintain a constant disruption to the water’s surface.
- Another option is removing trees and brush from the immediate vicinity of the pond. This will allow the wind to ripple the pond’s surface.
Wall artificial ponds with concrete, stone or plastic.This will reduce the amount of organic material available for mosquito larvae to feed on. If you do decide to go with soil, make the walls of the pond as steep as possible to prevent shallow areas.
Care for you pool diligently.If you have a pool, it can quickly turn into an expensive reservoir of standing water if not cared for actively. Chlorine is the most common treatment, as it is a relatively simple and inexpensive process. Make sure your pool’s aerator is working as well, and cover the pool whenever it is not in use.
Clean bird baths once a week.To prevent bird baths from serving as mosquito breeding grounds, the water should be removed and changed weekly. Whenever you do so, wipe the bird feeder with a rag or spray it out with the hose.
- Do the same with small hanging birdfeeders.
Removing Standing Water Indoors
Change indoor water vessels weekly.There may be various sources of standing water in your home that should be regularly changed. For instance, vases, water bowls for your pet, and other household decor that uses water need to be emptied, cleaned, and refilled once a week.
- If you keep lots of plants in your home, make a list of everything that holds standing water to be sure you don’t forget one or another of your flowerpots.
Replace or fix broken appliances.Your household likely has appliances that can create puddles of standing water if they’re not working correctly. For instance, improperly working refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines can create puddles, potentially beneath the appliance itself. If you discover that an appliance is leaking, immediately get it repaired and replace it if necessary.
Address a humid basement or crawl space.While many buildings have basements or crawl spaces that are damp, this usually does not lead to standing water. However, if allowed to persist, the issues that lead to a humid basement can potentially lead to damage, health risks, or accumulated water in the future.
- Note that a dehumidifier or even an interior moisture coating only address the symptoms, not the cause of the problem. Consult a home drainage professional to help you identify the source of the moisture and consider their recommendations.
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