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The Importance of a Proper Drainage System

The Importance of a Proper Drainage System

We all know that water can actually destroy a building, or at least cause some chaos. It can lead to damp and mould, cause a burst pipe or damage a ceiling when there’s a leak. What you may not know, however, is that water can also wreak havoc from the outside of a building, not just on the inside. With that said it’s important to pay attention to any drainage issues and properly maintain the drainage system on the property.


You might be wondering what actually defines a drainage issue? Well, it normally refers to standing or ponding water; essentially, water from heavy rainfall that does not go away and instead starts to form puddles on the property. This tends to happen when the ground is flat or the soil stays saturated for long period of times. This will cause problems for landscape designers or gardeners, who will be unable to cut the lawn and may even end up with ruined equipment. Plants and shrubs will become damaged and the lawn could potentially become a breeding ground for rodents and insects. If left for long periods of time, water can damage the foundations of a business, by corroding and weakening the concrete.


There are various things you can do to improve the drainage on a property, including installing an ACO RainDrain Slump Unit. This is ideal for driveways, patios and general pedestrian areas and is designed to filter out any dirt or debris that collects in a drainage system and causes a block. ACO have been supplying water drainage systems to customers around the world for over 70 years and can be trusted to provide superior quality products.


Every now and again it’s worth checking your drainage systems and clearing away any debris that might have collected there. In doing so, you will ensure that water flows through correctly and prevent any damage that could have entailed.