Designing an efficient drainage system is essential because an inadequate one will only bring about headaches. As a homeowner, an adequate drainage system will cause some problems like flooded yards, wet floors and so much more. But these issues can easily be avoided with a though-out drainage system design that will and function properly for the long term. But if you want to build a capable drainage system, here are three common mistakes you’ll want to avoid when it comes to designing and installing it:
NOT KNOWING YOUR PROPERTY’S EXCESS WATER SOURCE
Usually, all drainage problems are caused by some excess water source. Extra water can come from weather like continuous rain or melting snow, or it can be the result of a high water table, broken underground pipe or leaky water pipe. Before you even start designing or installing the drainage system, you’ll have to account for excess water sources. Do your homework and a bit of research to come up with what your excess water source could be. If you can stop its flow, you might even find that you don’t also need to install a drainage system! But if the excessive water, underground spring or rainwater can’t be stopped, the only solution is that drainage system.
Not taking into consideration the soil composition
Your soil’s structure can have a huge factor in how efficient your drainage system is. You should know what type of ground you’re working with. One that contains a lot of clay won’t allow water to drain well, but you can’t assume that you still create an efficient system in it. You just have to change its composition by mixing in other things to make it manageable. If it does have too much clay, you’ll have to add in some sand, compost or gypsum to help get better drainage, but knowing the soil composition is vital first!
Installing the wrong drainage system
There are a few possible drainage systems you can build your property, but choosing the wrong one will leave your system clogged with mud from drainage water. Or it might make draining the water a bit too slow. So before you install one, you’ll need to know which one is best for you. You can opt for a gravel trench, open ditch or drainage pipe.