Water does run downhill, and it can wreak havoc on your lawn. Why? Because it takes the path of least resistance, often following the grade and contours of a property. Your yard might slope slightly in a perfect line towards one side and impact the flow of water in several directions. This is why landscape drainage systems have become an essential feature to lowering the chances that a property will be damaged by nasty overland flooding.
Often times, French drains are required when there has been standing water or a recurring moisture problem in landscaped areas. A French drain is usually composed of a small trench in the ground, surrounded by gravel and perforated plastic piping. The water that rests in the surface of this trench is diverted through the piping towards another part of the yard. Furthermore, the pipe system can be connected to a sump pump to empty the excess water into a river, pond, or underground drainage.
Do not attempt to install a drain system on your own. It is best to search for a professional now, rather than waiting until an unfortunate disaster happens. A landscape drainage contractor will be able to help you determine the best option.