When your lawn begins to look like a collection of lakes and ponds, you've got drainage issues on your hands. Look for areas of your lawn that are either not level, compacted, or sloping toward your home.
Poor drainage can drown out entire patches of grass, wash out flower beds, and compromise your home's foundation.
Compacted soil is often the reason for poor drainage because water cannot be soaked up by the hard surface. To reclaim your lawn, aerate your soil and then add a top dressing of compost to add nutrients to strengthen your lawn.