Swimming in a warm, in-ground pool right in your own backyard? Pretty great! Swimming in puddles of mucky water left in your yard after it rains? Definitely not! But if you have the latter, you're going to need to get it taken care of before you can install the former.
Proper yard drainage is very important if you're installing a pool. If water is backing up in your yard, that water could run into your pool, contaminating it and bringing with it dirt and debris. If water generally drains through your yard in one direction, installing a pool can interfere with that drainage direction. Even an above-ground pool can have problems with this – the concrete foundation will still change the way your yard drains:
One way to change the way water drains through your yard is called a French drain. Originally, French drains were simply trenches filled with gravel. When water hits the trench, it continues to flow through the gravel because there is less resistance there than through the surrounding earth.
Using special sizes of gravel with smaller pieces at the edges and larger pieces (with more space between them) in the center helped to prevent dirt from washing into the trenches and clogging them.
Today, there are more options for French drains. Most now include drainage pipes within the gravel trenches . The perforated pipes allow water to soak into them and then run through with even less resistance than the large gravel of the past. These drains can also be completely buried in the yard.
Drywells take water near the surface of your yard and move it into the subsoil. They can very widely in size and construction based on the type of soil that you have, but the simplest drywells are similar to vertical French drains.
By digging a narrow hole and inserting a drainage pipe surrounded by gravel, water is encouraged to flow deeper into the soil. Drywells are often combined with French drains; the drains first move water through the yard properly, and then drywells drain it down out of the yard at the end.
Understanding the drainage system of your yard is crucial to installing either of these systems effectively. If you divert water improperly, you could end up with an even worse problem than you began with – and this is especially difficult as you will need to be imagining the effects your pool will have in the future. Calling in a professional plumber who can evaluate your current and future drainage needs will help ensure that your pool is a relaxing environment and not a drainage headache.
To learn more, contact a company like Drainline Plumbing & Sewer Specialist with any questions or concerns you have.Share
27 March 2015
Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.