Damp Patio, what can I do?

I like the privacy, shade but not the dampness. Water stands on the concrete after a rain. Looking for suggestions. Thanks, Kay
  11 answers
  • Judy Judy on May 07, 2017

    First of all, it looks like this table is in total shade. I would move it to the sunny area, and at night, put 2 wooden blocks on 2 legs, so the dampness will run off thru the night. The sun plays a vital role in the dampness. Best wishes. J.

  • Darlene Heichelbech Darlene Heichelbech on May 07, 2017

    Since this is nothing but a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies try sprinkling used coffee grounds in the standing water or roll back the canopy for some light get a fan out of the garage and set it on high

  • Inetia Inetia on May 08, 2017

    If the water is on the patio because of low spots in the concrete you could pour another layer of concrete to raise the entire surface and level it for proper drainage. It would have to be poured thick enough to prevent it from cracking and crumbling. Seek advice from someone who does concrete. A less permanent solution would to fill the entire surface with patio blocks, which will force most of the water to go else where. The patio blocks could always be re-appropriated if you seek a permanent solution.

    If the water is there because the ground level prevents drainage you could excavate a trench along the edges of the patio, and put in a dry creek bed to carry the water to the street. (Not into a neighbor's yard, of course.) Google dry creek bed landscaping.

    Last but not least, if you have a patio cover, an outdoor ceiling fan would speed up the evaporation. A patio heater would help when the weather is colder.

  • Steve Woodward Steve Woodward on May 08, 2017

    I can't tell from the pictures, but it appears there is either a curb, or some sort of edging on the patio higher then the pad itself. This will prevent drainage/runoff and hold the water in place. the patio must be higher then the edging/curb and higher then the yard to prevent dampness. If you re-pour make sure it is also sloped away from the home, even if the slope is slight it will prevent water damage and allow run off.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 08, 2017

    You could try putting cuts in whatever that is that is the bottom edge of the fencing and see if that allows the water to run off.

  • Just John Just John on May 08, 2017

    Term some bush.....

  • Kay Ellison Allred Kay Ellison Allred on May 16, 2017

    Thanks everyone

  • Can you trim the bushes away to allow more sun in the area? Then I would paint the concrete, move the patio furniture into the sunniest areas and add lots of shade loving plants and flowers.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 02, 2023

    Open up as much as you can for light to get in there and also fresh air or a good breeze. Cut back anything that needs a quick trim. If good drainage is a problem you need to address that first. You could always cover the area.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 03, 2023

    Even a large fan will help dry it out and keep flies away (flies don't like wind or strong air currents).

  • Cut back some branches to allow the sunlight in that area.