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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.

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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Do You Need a Heavy-Duty Drainage System for Your Residential Property?

by Melvin Owens

Not all residential properties need the same type of drainage in their garage as you would find under a car wash or installed in a large farm, but sometimes a standard residential drainage or plumbing system is too inefficient for your needs. A heavy-duty drainage system, installed on the garage floor or under a shed or storage area, can mean better drainage on the property and more convenience for you as well. Note a few signs that your property may need an upgraded drainage system outside your home.

Your lawn is frequently flooded or "mushy"

If your lawn has frequent floods or has very wet spots that feel "mushy" underfoot, this often means that your home's drainage system is inadequate. If you regularly wash family cars or farming equipment in the garage or shed and this water cannot be properly drained, it may back up onto the lawn and form small floods. Remember, you may think this water runs off into the street, but it may seep into the lawn along the edges of your driveway and then get absorbed the soil. This can be damaging to your lawn and also allow that moisture to collect around your home's foundation, increasing the risk of cracks forming.

You're clogging the drains along the street

In some areas, it may be illegal to rinse away feed and grain as well as manure from animals that can clog city drains. However, even if it is legal, you don't want to clog those grates as this can allow water to build up under your lawn and around your home, and increase the risk of flooding in your area. If you notice that the amount of materials you rinse away from the home's garage or shed tends to cause clogs and backups in the street, you need to have your own drainage system installed to keep them clear.

Your shed or workshop is without a concrete drive

It's not unusual for homeowners to erect a shed or workshop somewhere on their property without it being connected to a concrete driveway, if you'll just be using it to house livestock or store heavy-duty lawn care equipment. However, this can mean it's difficult if not impossible to properly wash off the floor and inside of the shed, as the water then just gets absorbed into the ground. A heavy-duty drainage system will make it much easier to keep that shed or workshop wherever you want on your property while avoiding having to pour a concrete drive.

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