Storm Sewer Management
Having a yard with happy plants and trees is every homeowner’s wish. If you live in a place that gets plenty of rain it is easier to achieve this, but sometimes too much water can be a bigger problem. Standing water not only smells bad but is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects that carry bacteria and spread illness. If you see puddles in your garden after a rainfall, you probably have a drainage problem.
It is critical to have the water drain into the soil and stay away from the surface; if it does not, you need to take quick action. For plants and trees, too much water can cause their roots to rot, which will cause them to die. It can also be a danger for your home’s foundation, saturating the soil with moisture which makes it lose its ability to support heavy loads.
Yet another problem with a garden that doesn’t drain properly is that the water can penetrate your home’s walls, creating a perfect environment for mold to grow in. If you have wooden walls, much worse; they will soon rot and have to be repaired.
All of these problems can easily be avoided by having subsurface drainage that keeps excess water from accumulating and channels it into the storm sewer. This stops soil erosion, flooding, moisture intrusion and soil compaction, and keeps water from causing damage to your garden beds and grass, which is especially necessary in lower parts of the garden where water can gather.
When drainage goes wrong
If you already have a subsurface drainage system in your home, or if you are planning to get one installed soon to avoid the problems we described, you must be aware that proper maintenance is essential to keep it working in top shape. Most subsurface drains should function well for many years, and failures can be prevented with a sound management schedule.
Soil can be a common cause of subsurface drainage complications. If it washes into the drains it can clog the line, slowing down or interrupting the water flow. Cleaning the outlet ditches and the surface inlets is also necessary for the same reason.
Cracks in the pipes should be repaired before they break and soil manages to fall into them. Pipe joints that have separated can also allow dirt to fall in. If you have trees in your garden, keep an eye on their roots.
Even if a tree is several feet away from the drain pipes its roots can travel underground and reach them, entering by even the tiniest crack they can find and then growing inside, creating an obstruction.
Don’t let subsurface drainage ruin your yard; get storm sewer management today
As you can see, not having a drainage system, or having one that has failed and is not able to carry the water away from your garden and into the storm sewer, are practically the same thing. At Drain Services Inc. we have the latest equipment that allows us to repair or replace drainage pipes that have been clogged up or have broken. Our staff is licensed, bonded, and insured and is ready to help you with any plumbing problem you may have. Contact us today and keep your yard looking beautiful all year long.