Drainage Knowledge

Drainage Knowledge

Your drainage is handled both above ground and below ground. In most instances we will install a catch basin at the base of your downspout that diverts the water into a buried underground line. This line will travel to an exit point at either a side/front/back property line where the water can then harmlessly exit the system and drain away naturally via grading.

All of your beds, lawn areas, and paved areas are sloped at a minimum grade of 1% away from your home to divert any water away from your foundation and ensure it carries on overland to the most advantageous drainage area or easement.

Drainage Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining drainage you should take time to check all of your downspout catch basins monthly for the accumulation of any debris or clogging. To do this, simply lift the lid of your catch basin and pull out any leaves or debris.

Your drainage systems should also be prepped for winter and spring annually. For fall/winter preparation we suggest adding a drain line extension to the downspout that diverts any fall/winter precipitation to the sides of the property and away from the house.  We recommend a Mole Pipe as an easy homeowner friendly option that can be purchased from most major home supply stores. This is done to avoid adding water to your underground drain lines during the cooler temperatures of the year we experience in our climate. The last thing we want is a cracked underground line due to freezing and expanding water.

Contrastingly, once spring hits and the thaw has completed you can remove your drain line extension from your downspout and have the downspout spill directly into your catch basin again. This will allow water to be diverted away underground during the outdoor enjoyment seasons and keep your areas clear of the winter downspout extensions.