This westside homeowner reached out to Hughes Construction due to some drainage concerns. The homeowner was experiencing issues with a couple downspouts on one side of their home. They hired Hughes Construction to install 135 feet of schedule 40 drain lines to carry and discharge the rainwater to the rear of their property. Additionally, Hughes Construction installed a small drain alongside the driveway. This drain was connected to the above the drainage system to alleviate the rain runoff experienced in the area.
As a reminder now is a good time to take a quick inventory of exterior maintenance items. A few items to pay particular attention to this time of year as leaves are falling:
- Cleaning Gutters
With trees starting to drop their leaves it is very important to make sure that gutters remain clean and clear. Leaves, twigs and debris often times clog gutters. This has the potential to keep them from directing water to the downspouts for proper drainage. Buildup can lead to overflowing gutters in areas not meant to accommodate excess water.
- Keep Downspouts Clean
The purpose of your downspouts is to direct the water collected by the gutters away from your foundation for proper drainage. Clogged downspouts and build up of debris can cause a backup or overflow of the gutters. This does not allow for appropriate drainage. This can lead to water pooling around the foundation in areas not designed to appropriately absorb excess water.
- Clean Drains/Drainage pipes
Make sure drainage pipes/drains are kept clean and clear of leaves, debris and yard waste. Keep in mind that if water is unable to drain as intended it will find another route. This can cause unwanted erosion as well as the potential of making its way toward your homes foundation.
As tedious as it may be, some routine upkeep can go a long way to help prevent problems in the future.