You should consider the installation of a storm drainage system if you are dealing with erosion control problems or serious drainage issues in your yard. Uncontrolled runoff can lead to flooding, loss of topsoil and standing water, which often causes foundation problems.
An overall drainage system plan that includes storm drainage can protect your property from erosion, eliminate standing water and flooding, and keep your foundation in good repair.
What Are Storm Drains?
Storm drains are drainage systems designed to deal with excess runoff after a flood or heavy storm. When rain comes down hard, flat areas like parking lots, streets, sidewalks and patios can flood. Gutters from homes and garages also add runoff.
All of this water is a hazard. In the street, they can cause traffic accidents and pedestrian falls. They lead to flooding of homes and businesses. On a homeowner’s property, it leads to flooding of the basement and garage, patios and other hardscapes, and to erosion problems, especially on slopes.
Municipal storm drains are usually located on both sides of a street at the lowest point of the roadway. They are positioned where water naturally collects.
Residential drainage systems are located at surface level in the yard. They pull in the water from patios, driveways and walkways, gardens and any place that water collects. They direct water to storm drains, underground drainage systems and drainage creeks.
Advantages of Storm Drains
Municipal storm drains are easy to spot in the street. They have metal grating about a foot wide and deep. They handle rainwater but not wastewater.
They keep roads safe by collecting water off the roadway. This makes it safer to drive and walk and also prevents flooding in homes and businesses along the road. During thaws in the middle of winter, these drains collect the melt and reduce the amount of ice that collects on the street.
Indicators of a Drainage Problem
If you notice that your yard stays soggy for days after a storm, it means you have a drainage problem. If water is leaking into your basement walls, runoff is most likely the cause.
If you have foundation cracks or other damage, excess water is the problem. Soil erosion is also a major indicator of a drainage problem.
Storm Drains as Part of a Drainage Strategy
You might need to add storm drains to your yard or connect your drainage system to the municipal storm drains. A professionally designed drainage system catches runoff and directs it harmlessly to a location that can handle it.
Surface water drainage systems keep runoff from pooling in your yard and on your patio, driveway and walkway. They give the water a set path on the surface, directing it where you want it to flow.
Below-ground drainage systems work well for preventing erosion. They keep water off the ground so it doesn’t become saturated by directing it to a safe drainage spot.
Call the experts in the installation of a storm drainage system today for a free, no-obligation estimate. They can answer your questions and explain what is involved.