Let’s face it, here in England, we get more than our fair share of rain. This is something that you need to take into account right up front when you decide to either design and build a new home or renovate an existing structure.
The main idea of proper drainage is to take the rain water away from the foundations of the property. Having poor drainage on your property can lead to subsidence, water leaking into the property if there’s a problem with your waterproof membrane, or it can even result in having the foundations of your home begin to rot away.
Obviously the first step in ensuring that your property’s drainage is as good as it can be is having a guttering system that takes the rainwater off of your roof and down through the drainpipes away from your dwelling. Ensuring that these gutters are big enough and well maintained to handle the rainwater flow is imperative.
At ground level, the earthworks should be designed so that they too gently slope away from the building. This allows for gravity to pull the surface water away so that it doesn’t stagnate and saturate the soil. The soil itself should also consist of a granular base so that whenever water does manage to seep in from above, it quickly moves down and into the underground drainage system.
For people who are more ecologically sensitive, there are now sustainable drainage systems available that can capture this runoff water as it moves through your property and recycle it. The water can then be re-purposed for toilet water or watering your garden in the summer.
The team at Hyde Building have a wide range of experience with an array of property types, and we can work with you to ensure that your home gets the best drainage system to fit your specific situation.