Your home’s drainage system uses gravity to pull water through the house and outside to drain. Waste and dirty water is piped through a “soil stack” which in turn takes the waste through a main drain, generally located underneath the house.
How Does Drainage Work?
Drainage is an important part of any landscape, serving to prevent flooding, erosion, and other problems that may occur when water is left to sit in a particular area. Drainage involves the collection and removal of excess water from a given area, typically using a combination of pipes, channels, and ditches. It is essential to the health and maintenance of any landscape, and understanding how it works can help you make sure your property is properly draining.
The first step in the drainage process is the collection of excess water. This can be done through a number of different methods, including gutters, downspouts, and ditches. Gutters are an effective way to collect water from roofs, as they are designed to catch and direct the flow of water away from the building. Downspouts are also used to direct water from gutters, typically to a specific spot in the landscape where it can be collected and drained. Ditches, or swales, are used to direct water away from structures, often to a lower area of the landscape.
Once the water has been collected, it is then routed through a series of pipes and channels. The type of pipe used will depend on the application, but common materials include PVC, ABS,