While drainage may not be at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind, it’s something that you are sure to quickly become aware of when you have property drainage issues. It's something that is checked for on any decent property survey, and for good reason.
While you cannot control the elements and rainfall that may occur within your property, what you can control is how your property drains water and protects your home and all external areas. The key to preventing problems with draining is to work with a local qualified plumber to implement adequate drainage solutions. Let’s look at the most common problems faced with property drainage.
Here are the most common issues causing poor drainage on a property:
A common cause for poor property drainage issues is blocked or poorly designed guttering. Your gutters act as the channels and troughs which collect water from your roof. The water then travels through a downpipe and into a drain, catchment basin, or an area where water can run away from your house, but even this can become blocked with debris. While a simple system, poorly maintained or designed guttering can provide a multitude of problems.
A gutter can become blocked with debris or leaves, resulting in water overflowing or pooling where it should not. Additionally, if there is not a suitable space for the water to flow or drain away after exiting your downpipe, it will pool and cause a problem.
To remedy these issues, ensure your gutters and downpipes are clear, and water easily flows through them. If you are having property drainage issues after the water has left your guttering, it may be time to call a plumber.
Tree roots and garden debris cause many drainage issues. Searching for water, roots can work their way into water and sewage pipes, blocking and sometimes cracking the pipes. Cracked pipes will leak water in undesirable areas, resulting in damp patches that fail to drain and even foul-smelling odours. Additionally, roots can shift soil and landscaping features, pavers, and tiles and even slightly change the grade of external areas.
Small materials and garden debris can also build up and block drains. You should regularly check your drain vents for debris and use drain guards if possible.
As plumbers, we see and fix blocked pipes almost daily ad affordably. When items that shouldn’t be flushed down a toilet or sink end up in plumbing lines, it causes real issues. Even the smallest objects can cause problems and become stuck in a pipe. As these materials build up in your plumbing, they can also block more major pipes and result in significant drainage issues.
In an ideal setting, properties would have landscaping graded to drain water away from your house and into a drain, sump, or surrounding vegetation. However, it is common for property drainage issues to arise due to improper grading of external property areas and landscaping. Inadequate grading can result in the water becoming trapped or flowing back towards the property. To ensure correct water flow and drainage, plumbers excavate channels and install new drains and plumbing.
Drainage issues are generally present in outdoor areas of a property, but can also be seen inside the house and result in nasty odours or even minor flooding. Symptoms of property drainage problems can include:
• Foul sewage-like odours
• A slowly emptying toilet, basin, or laundry
• An overflowing sink
• Waste coming out of an inspection chamber
• Dirty water, sewage and toilet paper coming up onto land
• Rainwater not draining away
• Flooded patios or garages
• Stormwater run-off damaging piers or foundations
• Being unsure where stormwater drains too
• Downpipes with no drain our outlet connected
Water drainage solutions around houses and buildings may not seem all that important; however, the right drainage strategy will make a massive difference, particularly when it rains. If you find that rainwater is not draining away from your property, there are a number of factors and potential solutions your plumber may consider.
Surface Depressions: Low-lying areas often collect more water and drain slower. These low-lying areas allow water to pool, become a breeding ground for bacteria or an opportunity to cause structural damage to the house. To remedy this, a plumber may install a catch basin, drain, or look to improve the water absorption of the area with plants and vegetation.
Poor Guttering and Drainage: The best way to control the flow and drainage of rainwater is with adequate guttering and draining. If your gutters are overflowing, they will fail to direct water towards the desired drainage point effectively. Additionally, if your downpipes are running all the water to an inadequate drainage point, it may pool and spread to other areas it shouldn’t. Ensure that your downpipes either outlet into a drain or create a landscape that directs water away from your house. For the best results, it’s important to work with a qualified plumber to make improvements to your drainage system.
Subsidiance: Cracks externally or internally on plastering can be a sign of water seeping into the ground around the property's foundations. This can become serious and expensive very quickly and usually you will have noticed other issues first.
While gutters are essential for channelling water away from your roof and home and diverting away to a suitable drainage problem, there are also options for homes without gutters. These can include rain chains, French drains, and drip edge roofing. Without guttering, grading and landscaping are essential for draining water away from your home.
Want to learn how to fix drainage problems on your property? Step one: call in the professionals.
While conducting a DIY project and fixing your drainage and plumbing issues yourself may be tempting, it is best left to the professionals. Plumbers deal with drainage issues every day and know what to look for and what solutions will work for your property. A qualified plumber will use their experience, training and industry knowledge to remedy your drainage problems by clearing blocked plumbing, fixing broken pipes, or excavating and installing new drainage systems. DIY projects can sometimes do more harm than good, especially when excavation and structural work is required.
While extreme weather events may still cause unavoidable issues, having a drainage system installed by a qualified plumber will drastically reduce the occurrence and severity of any ongoing or future drainage problems.
If you are experiencing property drainage issues and looking for experienced plumbers to sort your property’s drainage out, CDL Plumbing is here to help. CDL Plumbing is Lake Macquarie and Newcastle’s leading plumbing team, providing services for blocked drains, toilet repairs, backflow prevention, and drainage plumbing to service your drains on 0477 76 2937.
CDL Plumbing & Drainage are expert plumbers and gas fitters servicing Newcastle & Lake Macquarie from our Gateshead HQ. We have over 15 years of experience and specialise in all domestic and commercial plumbing, able to take on large-scale drainage projects. Fully qualified (Level 4), licensed & insured with free quotes. We have 2 teams of friendly and reliable plumbers with fully equipped vans.