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The Truth About Storm Water


There are many parts of your home and landscape that work together to protect your property from storm damage. Some of these protect the interior, while other elements combine to protect your yard from erosion, your basement from flooding and your foundation from cracking. Throughout cities and town, storm drainage systems provide the same protection for roads, buildings and the overall infrastructure.

How It Works

Through the use of subsurface pipes, excess rainwater is carried away from the city. Main ports of entry for the water and runoff from sidewalks, roadways, parking lots, walkways roofs, and foot paths are usually through storm drains. These are located in prime runoff areas and allow the water to drop below into miles of tunnels and piping that carry rainwater to a body of water such as a river, lake, ocean or man-made retention or detention ponds.

Harmful Practices

Unfortunately, storm drainage is not treated and can carry toxins and chemicals along the way. This can hurt the ecosystem in areas of contact, and especially with animals that rely on bodies of water for their habitat. Research is showing that one of the best ways to minimize this long-term environmental effect is to redirect storm water towards detention ponds. There the water would be treated before being released.

Helpful Professionals

Pipeline engineers are working toward an eco-friendly storm drainage solution, such as the detention ponds. For these to be built, the engineers need to locate the existing subsurface pipes and tap into the most efficient place and method for capturing the flow of water. This takes times, but the results would help save the environment.

When you are ready to install a storm drain or you have a bigger drainage concern, only work with a skilled company that work to protect both you and the environment. Don’t cut corners with your plumbing installation or other areas that affect rain or water runoff.