Installing Drainage System: When to Call a Plumber

Posted Apr 6, 2017

A proper drainage system is a great asset when you are trying to improve the appearance of your lawn or increase your landscaping options. A lawn that does not drain right will have dry and wet spots that make it difficult for plants to grow. Your lawn will develop a spotty appearance because of these types of areas and you will probably also have a smaller area to work with in general.

With a good drainage system, on the other hand, you can make use of your entire yard. As long as water can reach all areas but does not linger too long in any one of them, all of your plants should be able to grow nicely. This is often a project that handymen are inclined to take on themselves, but there are several potential pitfalls when you do. It may not seem all that complicated to put in a drainage system, but you do need to know what you are doing if you want to get the job done right.

In order to function properly, a drainage system needs to be installed on a slope. Water will always run downhill, so making your drainage system run downhill will ensure that gravity will do all the work for you. If the proper slope is not maintained, however, there are plenty of areas where water can pool.

That is exactly the type of situation you are trying to avoid by putting the drainage system in, so all of your hard work could be for nothing if you do not get the slope calculated correctly. While this type of measurement and calculation can be challenging for you, it is second nature to a professional plumber. Hiring an expert to help you with this area of your drainage system is the best way to make sure you have the right setup planned.

You will also need to know where to lay out the drainage system. This involves analyzing the sources of water in your yard and understanding what you need to do to move it from one area to another. Again, this can be a challenging if not overwhelming aspect of the project for a layman, but for a professional it is simply part of the job.

On top of all of that planning, you will need to have the right tools and materials to put the drainage system together. Plumbers already have all of this on hand and they know which tool to use when. Your project will go much more smoothly and you will be assured of much better results if you use a professional to install your drainage system.

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