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How To Redirect Water From Driveways

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Driveways are incredibly common household additions, but they aren’t free from problems, especially when it comes to drainage.

The practical and sometimes beautiful addition to a property exterior can both be the source of serious drainage problems and the area that is most affected by drainage problems around your home.

If you’ve noticed water pooling on your driveway, puddles in the centre of the driveway, or the surface of your driveway getting wet and slippery, then it’s time to take a closer look at what’s causing all that water to get there, and how to redirect water from driveway.

Five Failproof Options for Driveway Drainage

There is no single way to solve drainage problems with a driveway.  Multiple approaches can be taken to create effective driveway drainage and make sure that water from the rain, overflowing drains, or poor guttering, is redirected away from the surface of a driveway.

Here are five of the best solutions to tackle the problem of excess water on a driveway:

Option One: Improved Guttering

A poor guttering layout or bad guttering condition can be the cause of too much water ending up on your driveway, so it’s one of the best places to start.

Keeping an eye on the condition of your guttering, making sure that it’s maintained properly and extending/redirecting it so the water doesn’t end up on your driveway is very important.

Option Two: Channel Drains

Channel drains, or trench drains, are very effective at draining large amounts of water quickly. This drainage solution can help you to redirect water away from your driveway if your drive is prone to pooling water.

A channel drain is installed in the ground and is often cemented in place, so it sits virtually flush with your driveway. You can use a channel drain to carry water elsewhere, whilst making sure that debris is filtered out of the water, so as not to block the drain.

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There is no single way to solve drainage problems with a driveway.  Multiple approaches can be taken to create effective driveway drainage and make sure that water from the rain, overflowing drains, or poor guttering, is redirected away from the surface of a driveway

Option Three: French Drains 

French drains are very commonly used to redirect water, with the basic principles being very similar to channel drains, despite the construction of a French drain being very different.

The construction of a French drain normally involves creating a sloped trench and installing a pipe (to carry the water away) with holes in the top. The trench is then filled with gravel, or a similar material, which will allow water to soak through and into the pipe.

Option Four: Soakaways

Another option that is similar to a French drain is a soakaway. These can be effective in areas where soil doesn’t have a high clay-content and where drains can’t easily be connected to primary drainage systems.

A soakaway is essentially a trench in the ground that is filled with gravel, or a similar material, which allows water to soak through. While this system doesn’t necessarily redirect water away from a driveway, it does help with the management of excess water.

Option Five: Proper Grading

Many drainage problems are a result of the grading of a driveway, which essentially determines where any water that reaches the driveway is going to go. If a driveway is sloped towards a house, then all the water will gather there.

Re-grading the driveway will give you control over the direction of the water run-off, allowing you to create a drainage system that works with the layout of your property exterior.

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A resin bound driveway is immensely practical for excellent drainage, as the porous material is SUDs compliant and there is no risk of puddles forming. Resin is low maintenance, weed-proof and very resistent to cracking – creating a driveway that’s practical and easy to take care of!

Redirecting Not Working? Try Enhanced Natural Drainage!

Redirection is a great solution to a driveway that is prone to pooling water, but it’s not the only solution that you can implement. Instead of sending the water elsewhere, you can redesign your driveway to deal with the vast proportion of it.

Installing a resin bound driveway will completely change the nature of your driveway and drastically reduce how much surface water you have to deal with. The reason for this is that a resin driveway is permeable, so rain water can soak straight through it.

Home Logic: Streamlined Driveway Solutions

With the natural drainage of a resin driveway, combined with standard drainage solutions, you can make sure that you never have to worry about water pooling on your driveway and damaging the surface or becoming a safety concern.

To learn more about resin bound driveways, the expert team at Home Logic are only ever a call away. Simply dial 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get the ball rolling today!