Everyone knows that British Columbia has a wet climate. April showers might bring May flowers but they can also bring water damage for properties. Indoors, a clogged drain might be a minor inconvenience but outside, it can lead to the need for expensive repairs, replacements and a whole lot of headache. By making perimeter drain cleaning a part of your regular home maintenance routine, you can avoid disaster and keep your systems running smoothly.
Just the Basics: Getting to Know Your Perimeter Drain System
Homes across British Columbia are built tough to withstand heavy rains and snowfalls, but with a lot of moisture comes pooling. If water begins to pool against vulnerable areas like the foundations of homes, it is possible for it to seep inside, leaking down around window frames or basement walls.
Your perimeter drainage system goes by many names. You might know it as the weeping tile system or French drains, but the most common term across British Columbia is just perimeter drains. While the name might be plain and simple, your drainage system is anything but! Over the years, the perimeter drainage system has gone from using drain tile and trenches to a more sophisticated system, commonly using PVC drain pipes to guide water from one area to another.
Perimeter drains are designed to protect structures and surrounding areas by collecting and transporting water and moisture away from sensitive areas. As important as these systems might be, they often do not get the attention that they deserve, likely because they are buried underground. Perimeter drains are most often found running along the foundations and outer walls of buildings. Much like a sewer system, these drains transport unwanted water out and away, ensuring that you are not stuck with unwanted water.
The best way to prevent water damage is through proper perimeter drain installation, inspections and cleanings. Drains are designed to transport water but there are always unwanted items that find their way inside. Organic debris like pine needles, seed pods, dirt and dust are all known to make their way into drains, preventing water flow and causing clogs. If drains are impassable, water will pool and sit, causing the same issues they are designed to avoid. The best way to avoid disaster is through regular cleanings and inspections, so call a Pete & Son professional today.
The Best Results For Your Perimeter Drainage: Cleanings, Inspections & Replacements
When you want to make the most out of your perimeter drains, routine cleaning and inspection by a professional is the key to success. By cleaning your perimeter drains every three years, property owners are able to pinpoint any potential issues before they become disasters.
Anytime plumbing or drainage is involved, it is always best to leave cleaning and maintenance to the experts. Every year, property owners try to take perimeter drainage into their own hands using high pressure water sprays that end up causing unexpected damage. If pipes are cracked, they will let water seep out into sensitive areas, or can break enough to warrant an expensive repair. Keep costs down and drains in great shape with a bit of help from an expert.