All Access Understands Drainage!!!
1. Foundation drains divert stormwater away from your building’s foundation. Foundation drainpipes are perforated and usually surrounded by gravel. The pipes disperse the water (instead of discharging in a concentrated area) and the gravel contributes to the infiltration of the water. The gravel can be wrapped with a layer of filter fabric to prevent the drain from clogging with sediment.
2. Roof drainpipes are not perforated and are not connected to the foundation drain system. They should be connected to convey water to the City’s storm drain system, to a drywell, or directly to a waterbody.
3. Gutters collect runoff from a building’s roof. This runoff is conveyed through downspouts to the roof drain system. Gutters should be kept clear of leaves and other debris so clogging does not occur in the roof drain system.
4. Storm drainpipes convey rainwater to the City’s stormwater system. Storm drain pipes can be made from many different materials such as concrete, aluminum, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
5. Catch basins are connected to storm drainpipes. They are concrete structures (either round or rectangular) with metal grates on top. Catch basins capture debris that could clog the pipes in a storm drain system. You can prevent the system from clogging by checking the catch basins in your neighborhood during and after a heavy storm. Use a broom or rake to remove any leaves or debris that have blocked the catch basin’s grate.
6. Yard inlets are similar to catch basins but are much smaller. Metal and plastic yard inlets can be purchased at a local hardware store.
7. Channel drains are used to capture stormwater flowing over a larger area like a driveway or basketball court. Channel drains convey rainwater to the City’s storm drain system.
8. French drains can be installed anywhere on your property that collects water including retaining walls. French drains are constructed with a perforated pipe, gravel and filter fabric surround the pipe.
9. Drywells can be installed in areas that cannot be connected to a stormwater drainage system. Drywells are filled with gravel and surrounded by filter fabric. Water flows into the wells and infiltrates into the ground through the gravel.
10. Cleanouts are designed as easy access points for maintenance of the stormwater drainage system. They are usually located in a bend where debris can clog the system.
11. Sump pumps (not shown in this diagram) are intended to be used as a backup system and need electricity to function. When the sump fills with water, the pump turns on.