One of the most important drainage considerations that property owners make has to do with how to ensure that their driveway and garage do not flood. A flooded driveway is a hassle. And if standing water is allowed to build up, there is the possibility that the water may seep in and flood your garage, basement or damage your home’s foundation. A flooded garage or basement is no longer a hassle; it is a nightmare. That is why it is so vital that driveway drainage is taken seriously by builders and homeowners.
Many driveways are designed to limit the amount of water that can build up on their surface. Many homes and properties are designed around drainage principles. Driveways are often sloped toward the street and away from the house. But in many instances, sloping the driveway away from the house is not possible. And builders are forced, due to hilly and uneven terrain, to build a driveway that slopes towards the house. This is where drainage becomes an issue.
Driveways are usually sloped toward a house because the house is resting on land that is lower than the road surface. In these cases, water can build up in low spots and can even begin to accumulate at the entrance of the garage. During heavy rainfall, water can rapidly run down the driveway and into the garage. Another problem with sloped driveways is that the can deposit large amounts of water near the foundation of the house, causing cracks in the foundation and costly future repair.
Driveway Drainage Solutions
The best way to limit the possibility of unwanted water and eventual flooding is to install a driveway drainage solution. When it comes to driveway drainage, the most effective drain design is the trench surface drain. Surface drains are long linear shaped drains with a recessed trench that sits below the driveway surface. A grate covers the trench which allows car passage and limits the buildup of debris and clogging.
In driveway drainage applications, the drain is installed to run the width of the driveway. The drain should be placed at the lowest point of the driveway, where water usually accumulates. Sometimes, driveways are sloped towards the garage all the way up to garage entrance. In that scenario, it is best to run a trench drain along the edge and parallel to the garage opening as your driveway drainage solution.
Driveway Drainage Solutions with LTEC Drains
Originally designed to keep dirty runoff water from entering lake Tahoe, LTEC drains are made to last. LTEC surface drains are made of high quality galvanized steel and will not deteriorate due to UV or weather damage as quickly as plastic surface drains. LTEC drains can be DIY installed and offer a perfect mix of aesthetic quality and driveway drainage efficiency. The rigid construction of LTEC drains ensures that they do not break and splinter when subjected to repeated car traffic. Contact us today or check out our online shop to get started on improving your driveway drainage system.