When the rain storms come, most of us are more worried about having an umbrella large enough to keep us from getting wet than we are about where the water goes. But if the water is causing erosion on your Briarcliff Manor, NY, property, you have more to worry about than just getting wet. These tips from a drainage company can help manage that stormwater.
Where Does Stormwater Runoff Come From?
There are several places that stormwater originates from. One is gutter drainage. When the rain comes, the gutters of your home can drain incorrectly if they are filled with debris such as leaves and branches. This clogs the gutter and causes the rain to spill over the edges, leaving the water to create gullies as it washes away. A second is when the water from a neighbor’s property flows onto yours as it makes its way to a lower elevation. This can damage your grass, shrubs, and even trees as it exposes roots and leaves them waterlogged.
A third source of runoff can come from when a creek in your backyard fills with too much water and overruns the banks. Eventually the banks will erode away and you will be dealing with an out-of-control creek on a regular basis.
How to Fix the Runoff Problem
There are effective strategies to deal with stormwater in your yard.
Curtain drain: This shallow drain is dug around the perimeter of your home to divert surface water to a lower elevation. Shallow and wide, a curtain drain is filled with gravel and covered with dirt so that the surface water can seep effortlessly into the ground to be filtered away elsewhere.
French drain: This deeper drain around the home deals with groundwater that is finding its way into your basement or just sitting at the foundation. Filled with gravel and sometimes a perforated pipe, a French drain collects the water and exits downhill.
Dry well: A dry well is a container buried in the yard at a low point where water collects. As the water sits there, it can drain into the dry well, which acts as a holding place to let the water seep into the surrounding soil, to reduce the water just sitting on top of the soil.
Catch basin: Similar to a dry well, a catch basin tends to be smaller. It is placed at low points in the property where water stands and allows the water to drain through a grate on top of the ground into containers (basins) of varying sizes where it then filters into the ground. Functioning in a similar way to pool drains, this facilitates the drainage as it removes the gathering water quickly and efficiently. If it becomes clogged, you simply remove the grate and clean it out to keep the water moving.
Rock placement: Removing rocks or any other landscape element that prevents proper water drainage is also an excellent solution. An expert drainage company can also use rocks to guide the stormwater runoff to a better location.
Your drainage experts have a solution for the water problem that plagues your yard. Early diagnosis of drainage complications can save you from extensive repairs related to water damage.