Stormy skies rumbling above a house in the countryside.
Stormy skies rumbling above a house in the countryside.

DRAINAGE

5 SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR RESIDENTIAL DRAINAGE ISSUES

01/19/2023

DRAINAGE

5 SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR RESIDENTIAL DRAINAGE ISSUES

01/19/2023

As much as we do our best to stay positive during consecutive rainy days, if you’re a homeowner, it can become additional stress when your drainage systems are not properly installed and maintained. Overwhelming fluctuations of rain can cause many issues to your residential foundation, outdoor landscape, driveways, and other locations. It’s crucial to divert the rain away from your home. It’ll save you lots of money in the long run.

Before we dive into the solutions to combat potential drainage problems, we need to understand what systems are included in the term ‘drainage’.

What’s A Drainage System?

Beautiful home with a sloping driveway and front yard.

Residential drainage systems include anything that helps move water to appropriate locations that will benefit from rainwater, as well as moving sewage from the house to municipal sewers. Having proper installations of gutters, drains, and other piping will help eliminate unexpected flooding. 

You may have heard the term ‘perimeter drain system’ or ‘weeping tiles’. This is what all houses have put in place to ensure that water doesn’t affect your basement and foundation. When it rains, it downpours in the Pacific Northwest. And when summer comes, depending on where you live, you’ll either experience drought for long periods of time or not have enough moisture in the soil to care for your landscape. Carrying the water away from your home not only prevents seeping water but also tends to your plants and lawns when it rains less. 

If you’re interested in reading more about weeping tile systems, check out this resource by Canadian Home Inspection Services.

5 Solutions For Your Home Drainage Issues

Keeping your home safe from excessive rainwater can be taken care of by a homeowner, gardener, and professional. When it comes to handling the drainage system and irrigation, we advise you to contact a professional.

Solution #1: Check The Gutters and Downspouts Around Your House

Solution #2: Consider Rain Water Harvesting

Summers in the Pacific Northwest has been getting increasingly dry. Summer of 2022, water restrictions were put in place until October 2022. When there are nearly 3 months of strict water restrictions, many people were concerned about your gardens and yards. This is why having a rainwater collection barrel is a fantastic way to have accessible potable water. 

*Harvested rainwater that you collect is NOT intended for human consumption. 

Collecting water will cut down on your hydro bill and help nurture your beautiful outdoor landscape. Jessica Correa, the founder of Random Acts of Green, has stated that “a rain barrel could save you upwards of 1,000 gallons, or 3,785 litres, of water during peak summer months” (1). 1000 gallons of water is approximately 13 bathtubs full of rainwater. 

Imagine what that amount of water can do for your hydro bill and garden! Rather than the water going down the storm drains, you can use it as an advantage.

Solution #3: Maintain Your Yard/Garden

(Here’s a great resource by Make Water Work to get you started with your garden plan.)

Solution #4: Look Into Dry Creek Bed Installation

First, you’ll want to evaluate whether your property is on a gentle slope or not. If you’re on a slope, it may be the perfect solution to your erosion issues. By having a trench dug out to be filled with aesthetically pleasing stones and vegetation, you can redirect excess water successfully into your dry creek bed. 

If you’re intrigued by this idea, we have an informative how-to guide here for you by The Spruce.

Solution #5: Consider Installing Weeping Tiles

As you’ve come to understand, the overly saturated landscape around your residence is not going to end well. Avoid the possibility of cracks in the foundation and basement pooling by reading up on weeping tiles. By directing the water away from your home, you’ll be investing for the long haul. Here’s an extensive article that can help you understand more about weeping tiles.

Sidenote: If you’re in an older home, you may want to get your weeping tiles inspected. Many years ago, it was a common practice to use concrete or clay weeping tiles. It can deteriorate over time which can lead to ineffective draining from soil and roots that get in the way. Today, weeping tile systems use plastic materials.

If you’re considering installing weeping tiles around your home, we can help you with digging out trenches quickly and effectively without damaging the surrounding soil. Check out our trenching service page here.

Act-On The Solutions Before It Becomes A Problem

Be proactive to solve the drainage issues on your residential property. You’ll not only save yourself a lot of money and headaches but you’ll also be investing for the future. 

We hope that you found this article useful! 

Share this article with your friends and neighbours who may be having drainage issues.

Call Diamond Hydrovac's professional technicians to schedule your appointment for your home repairs and maintenance done today at 604-239-4983.

As much as we do our best to stay positive during consecutive rainy days, if you’re a homeowner, it can become additional stress when your drainage systems are not properly installed and maintained. Overwhelming fluctuations of rain can cause many issues to your residential foundation, outdoor landscape, driveways, and other locations. It’s crucial to divert the rain away from your home. It’ll save you lots of money in the long run.

Before we dive into the solutions to combat potential drainage problems, we need to understand what systems are included in the term ‘drainage’.

What’s A Drainage System?

Beautiful home with a sloping driveway and front yard.

Residential drainage systems include anything that helps move water to appropriate locations that will benefit from rainwater, as well as moving sewage from the house to municipal sewers. Having proper installations of gutters, drains, and other piping will help eliminate unexpected flooding. 

You may have heard the term ‘perimeter drain system’ or ‘weeping tiles’. This is what all houses have put in place to ensure that water doesn’t affect your basement and foundation. When it rains, it downpours in the Pacific Northwest. And when summer comes, depending on where you live, you’ll either experience drought for long periods of time or not have enough moisture in the soil to care for your landscape. Carrying the water away from your home not only prevents seeping water but also tends to your plants and lawns when it rains less. 

If you’re interested in reading more about weeping tile systems, check out this resource by Canadian Home Inspection Services.

5 Solutions For Your Home Drainage Issues

Keeping your home safe from excessive rainwater can be taken care of by a homeowner, gardener, and professional. When it comes to handling the drainage system and irrigation, we advise you to contact a professional.

Solution #1: Check The Gutters and Downspouts Around Your House

Solution #2: Consider Rain Water Harvesting

Summers in the Pacific Northwest has been getting increasingly dry. Summer of 2022, water restrictions were put in place until October 2022. When there are nearly 3 months of strict water restrictions, many people were concerned about your gardens and yards. This is why having a rainwater collection barrel is a fantastic way to have accessible potable water. 

*Harvested rainwater is NOT intended for human consumption. 

Collecting water will cut down on your hydro bill and help nurture your beautiful outdoor landscape. Jessica Correa, the founder of Random Acts of Green, has stated that “a rain barrel could save you upwards of 1,000 gallons, or 3,785 litres, of water during peak summer months” (1). 1000 gallons of water is approximately 13 bathtubs full of rainwater. 

Imagine what that amount of water can do for your hydro bill and garden! Rather than the water going down the storm drains, you can use it as an advantage.

Solution #3: Maintain Your Yard/Garden

(Here’s a great resource by Make Water Work to get you started with your garden plan.)

Solution #4: Look Into Dry Creek Bed Installation

First, you’ll want to evaluate whether your property is on a gentle slope or not. If you’re on a slope, it may be the perfect solution to your erosion issues. By having a trench dug out to be filled with aesthetically pleasing stones and vegetation, you can redirect excess water successfully into your dry creek bed. 

If you’re intrigued by this idea, we have an informative how-to guide here for you by The Spruce.

Solution #5: Consider Installing Weeping Tiles

As you’ve come to understand, the overly saturated landscape around your residence is not going to end well. Avoid the possibility of cracks in the foundation and basement pooling by reading up on weeping tiles. By directing the water away from your home, you’ll be investing for the long haul. Here’s an extensive article that can help you understand more about weeping tiles.

Sidenote: If you’re in an older home, you may want to get your weeping tiles inspected. Many years ago, it was a common practice to use concrete or clay weeping tiles. It can deteriorate over time which can lead to ineffective draining from soil and roots that get in the way. Today, weeping tile systems use plastic materials.

If you’re considering installing weeping tiles around your home, we can help you with digging out trenches quickly and effectively without damaging the surrounding soil. Check out our trenching service page here.

Act-On The Solutions Before It Becomes A Problem

Be proactive to solve the drainage issues on your residential property. You’ll not only save yourself a lot of money and headaches but you’ll also be investing for the future. 

We hope that you found this article useful! 

Share this article with your friends and neighbours who may be having drainage issues.

Call Diamond Hydrovac's professional technicians to schedule your appointment for your home repairs and maintenance done today at 604-239-4983.
Sources Cited:

Global News – Rain Barrels: How to save water and money this summer. Bedore, Caley. May 12, 2021.

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