How does an exterior drain function?
There’s no doubt that exterior drains are an important part of your home. They help keep water away from the foundation and prevent flooding. An exterior drain is a system of pipes that carries water away from your home’s foundation. The system includes a series of perforated pipes that are buried around the perimeter of your home. These pipes are connected to the main drainage pipe, which runs to a lower point on your property. Water enters the perforated pipes and is carried away from your home through the main pipe.
Water Accumulation Effects Without a Proper Drainage System
#1. Water in the soil around your foundation can cause the soil to expand and put pressure on the foundation walls. This can lead to cracks in the foundation and damage to your home’s structure.
#2. Water that seeps into the basement can damage belongings and create an ideal environment for mold growth. Molds can have various negative effects such as triggering allergies and respiratory problems.
#3. Flooding is a very common problem if you have no proper drainage system. Floodwaters can damage your home, belongings, and your surroundings. This will then result to bigger problems such as accidents, health risks, and damages in your property.
Tiger C Construction helps your home protected from these possible problems. By installing an exterior drain, you are lessening the chance of these problems. exterior drains are important in every home. not just to avoid possible damage but as well as prevent flooding.
Interior vs Exterior Drains
Interior drains are placed inside your home, usually in the basement or crawlspace. These drains collect water that has seeped through cracks in the foundation walls or floor. The water is then directed to a sump pump, which pumps the water out of the house and away from the foundation.
Exterior drains are placed around the exterior of your home at ground level. They collect water that has pooled around your foundation and carry it away from your home.
Which one is better?
There are pros and cons to both interior and exterior drains. Interior drains are less visible and can be less expensive to install. However, they require regular maintenance to keep them functioning properly. Exterior drains are more visible but do not require as much maintenance. Choosing the type of drain depends on your case. If you prefer to have the drainage system out of sight, then interior drains are for you. But if you prefer functionality, then having an exterior drain is the better option.
If you’re unsure whether you should get an interior or exterior drain, you can contact Tiger C Construction for recommendations. We’ll make sure that you’ll get the best suited drainage system for your property that won’t give you problems in the long run!
Our Drainage Solutions
If you already have an exterior drain, you may still experience some problems from time to time. Here are some common exterior drain problems and how to fix them:
Clogged exterior drains
One of the most common problems with exterior drains is clogging. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can build up in the pipes and block the flow of water. If your exterior drain is clogged, you may notice water pooling around your foundation or in your yard. To clear a clog, start by removing any debris from around the pipe openings. Then, use a garden hose to flush out the pipes. If this doesn’t work, you may need to call a professional to clear the blockage.
Sagging and depressions
Another common problem with exterior drains is sagging or depression. This can occur when the soil around the drain pipes settles or erodes. If you notice a sag or depression, we can have it fixed by raising and leveling the drain pipes. This will help prevent water from pooling around your foundation.
Leaking or Collapsed Exterior Drains
If your exterior drain is leaking, you may notice water seeping into your basement or crawlspace. A collapsed exterior drain can also cause flooding. To fix a leak, start by checking the fittings and pipes for damage. If there is damage, we will need to repair or replace the affected parts. For a collapsed drain, we will need to excavate the area and repair or replace the damaged pipe.
Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you with your exterior drainage needs! Tiger C Construction offers a variety of services such as installation, repair, and maintenance.