Robbins and Company offers multiple ways to reduce drainage problems on your property. Failure to correctly fix a drainage problem now will cost you more later. Ignoring these issues can quickly result in major repair costs and loss in property value.
The slope of the land around your home can contribute to your drainage issues. If the land slopes toward your home, consider installing a drainage system to direct flow around and away from your foundation. The goal is to divert storm water away from your foundation and other sensitive areas. Below are some solutions we provide, so please Contact Us to have a qualified professional come take a look at your unique situation.
- Foundation drains divert storm water away from your building’s foundation. Foundation drainpipes are perforated and usually surrounded by gravel. The pipes disperse the water (instead of discharging in a concentrated area) and the gravel contributes to infiltration of the water. The gravel can be wrapped with a layer of filter fabric to prevent the drain from clogging with sediment.
- Roof drainpipes are not perforated, and are not connected to the foundation drain system. They should be connected to convey water to the city’s storm drain system, to a dry-well or directly to a water-body.
- Catch basins are connected to storm drainpipes. They are concrete structures (either round or rectangular) with metal grates on top. Catch basins capture debris that could clog the pipes in a storm drain system. You can help the system by checking the catch basins in your neighborhood after a heavy storm. Use a broom or rake to remove any leaves or debris that have blocked the catch basin’s grate.
- Yard inlets are connected to storm drainpipes, but are much smaller than catch basins. Metal and plastic yard inlets can be purchased at a local hardware store, or they can be made of concrete.
- Trench drains are used to capture storm water flowing over a larger area like a driveway. Trench drains convey rainwater to the City’s storm drain system.
- French drains can be installed anywhere on your property that collects water. French drains are constructed with a perforated pipe. Gravel and filter fabric surrounds the pipe, similar to foundation drain systems.
- Drywells can be installed in areas that cannot be connected to a storm water drainage system. Drywells are filled with gravel and surrounded by filter fabric. Water flows into the wells and infiltrates into the ground through the gravel.
- Sump pumps are intended to be used as a backup system, and need electricity to function. When the sump fills with water, the pump turns on.