The beauty of a Buried landscape drain system is that it remains normally hidden from sight while automatically relocating excess stormwater that runs off a roof, large paved surface or any other impermeable area. Most residential drainage systems revolve around single or multiple buried drain lines that range in size from 3″ in diameter on up to 6″+ diameter (4″ drain pipe being most common – excess storm water dependent). Not only are there different pipe diameter sizes to consider, but also different materials as well. Depending on site conditions, amount of water to relocate, distance to extend across and location of pipe outlet (to daylight), one will need to choose between flexible plastic or solid PVC pipe. The most widely used types of drainage pipe are plastic corrugated, plastic corrugated and perforated, PVC solid, PVC solid and perforated.
One major problem with buried residential drainage systems that relocate water from an unscreened and unfiltered water source (downspouts connected to gutters with NO overhead leaf gutter guard protection in particular) is that debris can easily make it’s way into the buried pipe(s) and create clogs. As the buried pipe(s) become clogged, water flow at the outlet point can be reduced to a trickle and/or become stopped entirely. As you can imagine, without routine inspection and a thorough underground drain pipe cleaning (via vacuum, forced air or high pressured water jet), unnoticed clogs may lead to other serious problems around your property. Common problems like standing water, leaky basements, ice damming along roof edges, overly saturated plant material or even washout of nearby mulch or once compacted pavement base materials can be experienced when water flows into areas where it is not welcomed.
A solution for clogged buried drain pipes has recently become available and is manufactured by a company called NDS. They have created a simple catch basin filter that comes in two different sizes to fit their common 9″ and 12″ square shaped catch basins. Catch basins are commonly used under existing downspouts to funnel water underground to/through attached drain system. The NDS catch basin filters are removable and cleanable. They efficiently prevent dirt and debris from entering/clogging your underground drainage system.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for help with any residential landscape drainage related challenge you may currently have.
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