How to Divert Spring Water

Chase Holik

Living near natural springs has both advantages and disadvantages. The water can be used for your plants, washing clothes and other household purposes. However, spring water may also cause problems with flooding in your home, especially a basement.

Spring water has benefits, but you can divert it a number of ways.


When selecting a home location, try to pick an area that has a natural slope so that water keeps moving.

Most of the time spring water can be diverted from overflowing into your home relatively easy.

  1. Dig a trench on the high side of your property to intercept the water. Since water flows down hill, you can stop the water before it reaches your home.

  2. Dig a trench to wrap around your entire property. When you wrap the trench around your property, this diverts the flow from going under and into your home.

  3. Dig a pit for the water to flow into. This is not the most ideal way to divert water because a pit requires frequent pumping. If the pump fails, then the property could become flooded.

  4. Install a good quality waterproofing system outside your foundation. A good builder can help you choose the best system to use for your area.

  5. Back fill around your house with washed gravel at least one inch in diameter. The water will flow through this with ease, so it will bypass flooding your basement.