The importance of drainage on your driveway is an often largely overlooked design feature, yet it is extremely important! As a homeowner you should be aware that water could potentially be your homes worst enemy through its damaging potential.
Drainage typically means controlling falling water to move it away from the home and preventing ponding that can affect landscaping. Patios, paths and driveways are all built with a slight slope/fall that allows any surface water to drain away. However, this is sometimes not enough to let the water drain away, which is why drainage is such an important design feature.
Consequences of Bad Drainage
Water damage can cause major headaches, and the worst part is that most of the time you can’t see the damage until it’s too late. That’s why its utterly important to have a proper drainage system that keeps water from building up.
Here are a few elements that could harm your property if it is not properly drained:
Foundations and structures are at great risk of damage when your landscape has a bad drainage system. Without proper drainage, water will run to the lowest part of your property, with this usually being the foundations of your house. This could create cracks and even cause a house to collapse in time.
There are many problems that can occur from having moisture in the basement due to poor drainage, including mould. Mould can grow after a flood or over time and stay unnoticed for long periods. Certain moulds can be very hazardous to your health.
Tips to Maintain Your Drains
- Ensure that your gutters and downspouts direct away from your home.
- Clean and unblock exterior drains yearly to avoid excessive pressure on your foundation
- Hire a professional to inspect your foundations.
- Seal concrete and wood structures with a protective coating every few years.
- Do what you can so that water ends up in the street drain.
If you have any questions regarding your drainage, or believe you may have a problem, then please contact us on 07887 774405, or alternatively email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be happy to help!