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Storm Water Drainage: What Are My Options?

storm water drainage

On top of achieving a picture-perfect finish and a beautiful design, driveway installation involves the creation of a good drainage system to account for the worst of the UK weather. While storms in the UK are not a common occurence, it's still a concern for homeowners when the UK Winter hits, bringing with it a bout of less than pleasant weather. But how do you make sure that your driveway has the right kind of drainage? We’re going to be taking a look at five of the main options for storm water drainage to make sure that your driveway is always going to be prepared for the worst. 

Option One: Carefully Consider the Slope of Your Driveway

Option one is to look at the slope of your driveway, and design your drive in such a way that the slope is not going to cause heavy rain to infiltrate your home. 

The ideal solution to driveway sloping is that the driveway will slope away from your home, subsequently redirecting the rainwater away from your masonry where it can cause some serious damage. 

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When it comes to driveway placement, it’s also important to avoid the creation of a driveway that raises the ground level above the damp proof course in your walls

Option Two: Be Careful with the Placement of Your Driveway

While you may have the perfect area in mind for your new driveway, it may not be the perfect driveway placement for optimum drainage. 

Choosing an area of your garden where the drainage is already good will work in your favour when the weather starts to turn. This means careful consideration needs to be given to the common high-water areas of your garden. 

When it comes to driveway placement, it’s also important to avoid the creation of a driveway that raises the ground level above the damp proof course in your walls.

Covering the damp proof course could lead to heavy rain causing major damage to your home.

storm water drainage

In some cases, it may be possible to redirect the water from your driveway into flower beds, where the natural drainage of the bed will be able to take care of a lot of excess water

Option Three: Drain the Water into a Channel Drain

Directing water from your driveway into a channel drain is a great solution to stay on top of any possible risk from high levels of rainfall. The channel in the drain will be able to redirect the water from your driveway to a more preferable place. 

For driveways that end at the walls of a property, with no other way to slope the drive away, the creation of a channel drain is an important addition to a drive. This can also help to combat the problem of damp proof courses and higher driveways.

Option Four: Drain the Water into Flower Beds

In some cases, it may be possible to redirect the water from your driveway into flower beds, where the natural drainage of the bed will be able to take care of a lot of excess water. 

This form of drainage should be factored into the initial design but can help to combat some of the excess water in a much subtler way than the use of large drainage channels. It’s also a great excuse to refresh your garden and redesign your outside area!

storm water drainage

With a permeable resin driveway surface, storm water drainage is largely taken care of, all by your driveway itself. Instead of water rushing down the drive in bad weather, the driveway will do much of the drainage work for you, relieving pressure on other areas of drainage

Option Five: Choose a Permeable Material for Your Driveway 

Option number five is one of the most effective solutions to dealing with excess water on your driveway – a permeable material. 

Some driveway surfaces, like a resin bound material, allow for the excellent natural drainage of water. The surface of a resin driveway is permeable, which will slow down the run off of water considerably. 

This kind of driveway meets the very latest requirements of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, which also means that you get the additional benefit of being able to install the driveway without the need for planning permission. 

With a porous resin bound surface, storm water drainage is largely taken care of, all by your driveway itself. Instead of water rushing down the drive in bad weather, the driveway will do much of the drainage work for you, relieving pressure on other areas of drainage.

storm water drainage

Our high-quality resin driveways will not only be an asset to your home in terms of appeal and practicality, but they’ll make sure that drainage is never an issue!

Prevent Pooling and Puddling with Help from Home Logic!

At Home Logic, we’ll work with the unique style of your home to tailor a drainage solution that will help you to combat problems with water drainage during and after a storm. 

Our high-quality resin driveways will not only be an asset to your home in terms of appeal and practicality-they’ll also make sure that drainage is never an issue. 

Don't let heavy rain run roughshod over your driveway-call us today on 0800 1700 636, or click the button below, and prevent pooling and puddling for good!