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How to Stop Your Patio From Flooding




Flooding can be a frustrating issue for homeowners, especially when it affects your patio area. Fortunately, there are effective solutions to prevent your patio from turning into a waterlogged mess. 


Here, we'll explore various methods and techniques to combat patio flooding, ensuring that your outdoor space remains functional and enjoyable even during heavy rain.


Understanding the Problem

Before diving into solutions, it's essential to understand why your patio may be prone to flooding. Several factors contribute to this issue:


Patio Slope or Installation Issues

The slope or pitch of your patio plays a crucial role, as does the quality of your patio installation. If your patio doesn't have proper drainage, or your pavers are uneven, water can accumulate easily and rest on or between your paving stones.


Non-Permeable Surfaces

Patios made of non-permeable materials like concrete can't absorb water, causing it to accumulate on the surface. Non-permeable materials will allow some water through, but not to the extent of a permeable alternative, which may be better in areas that are prone to water pooling.


Rainfall Intensity

Areas with heavy rainfall are more susceptible to patio flooding, making it necessary to plan accordingly. Pretty much everywhere in the UK experiences heavy rainfall from time to time, so you want to make sure that water can drain away when this happens.


Solutions to Prevent Patio Flooding


Create a Soakaway

A soakaway is a simple and effective solution to divert excess water away from your patio. 


Start by identifying the lowest point of your paved area and dig a hole. The size of the hole will depend on the extent of your flooding issue.


Once the hole is dug, fill it with pebbles or loose gravel. This acts as a reservoir for excess water to be absorbed and gradually released into the ground.


Mix Surfaces

Consider breaking up the monotony of your patio with a combination of surfaces, such as:


Gravel Areas - Incorporate gravel or shingle areas within your patio space. These permeable surfaces allow water to seep through, reducing runoff.


Planted Areas - Introducing planted areas within your patio not only adds aesthetic appeal but also helps absorb excess water.


Paving Slabs - Use paving slabs strategically, ensuring they are properly sloped to facilitate drainage.


Cement Patio Solutions

For cement patios, a different approach is needed:


Start by creating channels on the surface of the patio using appropriate tools. These channels will allow water to flow away.


Fill the channels with gravel pebbles for effective drainage. You can also enhance the patio's visual appeal by opting for coloured pebbles.


Maintenance Tips


Regular Cleaning

Keep your patio clean from debris and leaves, as they can block drainage channels and impede water flow.


Inspect Gravel Areas

Regularly inspect gravel and shingle areas, topping up as needed to maintain proper drainage.


Monitor Plant Growth

Ensure that the planted areas within your patio don't become overgrown, as this can hinder drainage capabilities.



Preventing patio flooding is essential to maintain the usability and aesthetics of your outdoor space, as well as the health of your patio. By implementing these solutions and staying proactive with maintenance, you can enjoy a dry and pleasant patio even in the rainiest of seasons.


For all the tools and materials you need to help stop your patio from flooding, come down to our Crediton yard, or speak to one of our friendly members of staff.

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