When rain falls in heavy amounts that leaves standing water around structures or sitting on top of turf or landscape beds, it can lead to significant problems. Water can flow back into the foundation of a building, causing water to move inside of the building and creating an expensive cleaning and removal process. If it is left standing on turf or in a landscape, not only can too much water kill those plants, but the stagnant pools can also be a breeding ground for insects. Surface water management is a comprehensive method of moving the excess water generated by Midwestern storms away from buildings and preventing it from sitting on your turf and landscape. Rainwater flowing through downspouts can be directed into buried pipe that will move it away from the foundation of a building and channeling it to the surface far away, or even moving it toward storm drains that will completely remove it from your property. If you have low areas in your landscape or turf grass, a combination of grading and underground pipes and catch basins can also move water out of those low areas, or spread it more evenly so that it can be naturally absorbed into the soil without saturating it. For the worst areas, a “French drain” can be installed, which consists of a gravel-filled trench that allows even more water to flow through beneath the surface and away from problem areas. Just about any problem involving too much water on your property can be lessened or even eliminated by surface water management techniques.