Defending your home from rainwater using PVC drainage
This entry was posted on March 23, 2018.
Rain can be a serious problem for UK homeowners. It can erode brickwork, cause mould and saturate the ground. What’s more, it can strike at any time of year. That’s why it’s important for your home to have a drainage system that can handle large quantities of rain water. In today’s blog entry, we’ll look at the different pieces of drainage equipment you need to cope with Britain’s wet weather and discuss how you can choose drainage options that work for you.
You probably already know how important guttering is. It collects rain that lands on your roof and channels it into your drains so that it doesn’t damage your home. But did you know that there are two distinct types of guttering available? You can choose between metal guttering or plastic guttering. Plastic guttering is much more affordable but isn’t as sturdy or weather-resistant as metal guttering. Plastic gutters are great if you live in an area with relatively mild weather and need to save money. However, if you’re likely to be hit by rain storms, strong winds or other weather phenomena that might put your gutters under stress, we recommend opting for metal.
2. Fascias and soffits
Guttering should only be one part of your rooftop defence against rainwater: you also need fascias and soffits. These project from the roof so that water doesn’t run down the side of your building and damage the brickwork during heavy rain. PVC and plastic fascias and soffits are available. As with guttering, you should only choose the plastic option if you don’t need particularly sturdy rainwater defences. PVC is much more durable and reliable.
3. Channel drainage systems
Does rainwater tend to collect in large pools on your driveway or in your garden? If so, you might benefit from a channel drainage system. The grated surface of a channel drainage system is usually flush with the ground, but below it there is a channel that directs water towards the nearest soakhole or drain. These systems aren’t necessary in all homes, but it’s worth installing one if any of the surfaces around your home have previously been damaged by rainwater.
4. Surface water underground drainage
Underground drainage systems are essential for disposing of water. They carry water away from your home and into Britain’s sewers and drains. The main choice you have to make when selecting an underground drainage system for rainwater is how large it should be. Pipes in different sizes are available, so think carefully about how much rainwater your home receives and how much you need to be able to cope with. The more rainwater you get, the bigger the pipes you will need.
We sell all of these drainage items here at Drain Depot, but it’s up to you to decide which versions you need. We hope the advice we’ve given you into today’s blog helps you to make an informed decision. Contact us if you need more information on protecting your home from rain water.
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