A poor drainage system is not just an inconvenience; it can wreak havoc to your seemingly perfect property. That’s why as a property owner, it is important for you to be aware and pay attention to any drainage issues.
First, let’s understand the components of a drainage system. The drainage system comprises of these four main areas:
- Public Sewer system. This is a sewer system that is controlled and maintained by the local public authorities. Public sewers are often located in open public places but may at times pass through private properties.
- Private drainage system. This is a drainage system that is composed of drains and sewers constructed to service a private property. Private drains are the responsibility of the property owner.
- Road drainage system. Highway (road) drainage systems are provided by water companies to road users to drain water from road surfaces into public drainage systems.
- Land drainage system. This drainage system drains rain and ground water into an open ditch. This drainage system is typically used in agriculture and industrial constructions.
Molds and mildew, floor and wall cracks are just some of the ill-effects of having a poor drainage system. In order to maintain your drains, here are some tips:
- Make sure your gutters and downspouts are installed properly. Gutters and downspouts are supposed to channel roof water away from your house and foundation.
- Fix any drain issues immediately. Even the smallest leak can cause significant damage if not addressed quickly.
- To prevent excessive water pressure on your foundation and walls, make sure to clean and clear drains annually.
- Have your foundation inspected by a professional if you notice any issues with your home’s foundation
This post guides you through the basics of drainage system. If you need professional plumbing services, you can visit Plumbers911.com or call Plumbers 911 at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) or 877-745-3257 (Washington DC) to schedule a service. If you need more information, this article has some drainage system maintenance tips for the homeowner.
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