GHL | A Complete Guide on Installing Residential Drainage Solutions
From design to installation, there is one trait in particular that will be required, and there are two primary benefits of addressing residential drainage concerns:
With a diverse array of pipes, fittings, joints, adapters, catch basins, and channels at one’s disposal, the drainage solution architect can more creatively design the most effective solution possible.
In addition to turning a wet, muddy area into a walkable space, a professional drainage solution is meant to preventatively protect the foundation of a home, the usefulness of a retaining wall, or the integrity of the terrain.
After a creative drainage solution is installed, one should have confidence in the fact that beneath the ground, there is an interconnected system of pipes that will purposefully carry away the water when it rains.
There are only a handful of “steps” for installing drainage solutions, but there is a vast amount of precision that will be required from design to installation:
Evaluate your property with fine detail. You’re looking for several different signs of existing or possible: bare spots in the lawn, uneven ground, decreased soil level against the side any structure’s foundation (i.e.: home, shed, retaining wall), lowered ground levels along driveways/sidewalks,/curbs, etc. You have to ask yourself “Where is the natural flow of water when it rains, and is it causing damage?” Take photos of the drainage concerns.
Using the photos that were captured in the Evaluation step, a digital design must be created. Preferably using an iPad, open the photo in a free app called “You Doodle” so that it can be modified. Draw on the photo using an array of color-coded markings to designate where different types of drainage products will be utilized, each with its own purpose. You will soon be able to click the following “OneDrive for Business” link to view a document created by us that will show photographic examples of the most common drainage concerns & solutions:
During the Preparation stage, it is also critically important to call your local, free, underground utility marking service. The contact website for Georgia 811: Call Before You Dig Line can be found by clicking here.
Once you have a printed copy of your color-coded design plans and after the underground utilities have been marked, it’s time to go shopping for your products and materials! Once purchased & transported, you’ll need all of your tools & equipment (a list can be found in the Complete Guide).