Water management is a critical component in any residential maintenance plan. Proper drainage prevents your home's septic system from becoming compromised and eliminates the threat of flooding within your yard.
There are many ways to approach residential drainage. The right drainage system will be based upon the type of property you own, the water table in your area, and the type of drains that will be uniquely equipped to handle both storm and runoff drainage on your property in the future.
There are three types of residential drainage systems that you should consider when you want to provide your home with maximum protection against flooding and septic problems over time.
1. Surface Drainage
One of the most basic types of residential drainage is a surface drainage system. These types of systems are designed to funnel water that might exist on the surface of your property into a main drain for safe removal.
Most surface drainage systems consist of a series of ditches that are dug parallel to one another. The ditches can be connected to French drains that help divert excess water away from your home's foundation and septic tank to prevent potential flooding.
Once the trenches and French drains are installed, a surface drainage system can provide you with adequate protection against accumulating water from storms, broken pipes, or runoff.
2. Subsurface Drainage
You may find that the soil on your property becomes saturated easily if you live in an area where the water table is high. This means that in addition to managing water on the surface of your property, you will need to plan for adequate subsurface drainage as well.
The idea behind a subsurface drainage system is to install a series of pipes that run underneath the ground throughout your property. These pipes collect excess water that has built up in the soil and then transfer this water into a main drain for safe removal.
The installation of a subsurface drainage system can require a significant amount of excavation, but once the system is in place you won't have to worry about septic-related problems caused by ground saturation.
3. Slope Drainage
If your home is located on a piece of property with a natural slope, you can utilize this topographical feature to your advantage when it comes to managing your water drainage.
Water will naturally take the course of least resistance when flowing in a given area. Slopes create an easy path for water to move over by harnessing the power of gravity to help propel the water forward.
You can add a drainage pipe that is anchored in place and covered with a sturdy grate in areas where slopes facilitate water drainage. These drainage pipes will collect the water that would normally pool at the bottom of a slope and transport it elsewhere. Sloped areas can create significant flooding and septic problems for homeowners who don't plan ahead for the proper management of excess water in these areas by installing a slope
Residential drainage is something that homeowners can overlook. Unfortunately, failing to plan for the proper management of excess water on your property can leave your home susceptible to mold, mildew, sewer backups, and other problems associated with improper drainage. Be proactive when it comes to preventing serious water damage and install a residential drainage system that is designed specifically to service your home.
Contact Drainage Solutions - Septic Repair & Service to schedule an inspection of your current drainage system. Our services can make the difference when it comes to protecting your home through proper residential drainage in the future.