Downpours are increasingly causing flooding. The sewer system often cannot handle all this water, flooding streets, houses, and basements. With a green garden and rain barrel, you help to reduce waterlogging.
Solutions for rainwater in and around your home
From the inside to the outside and from the bottom to the top you can drain rainwater well with small adjustments. Think about your roof, the gutters, garden tiles, thresholds, pumps, and ventilation. You can also use your tap water a lot more sustainably if you collect rainwater for your own use.
Below street level
Rainwater can be a problem for a room in the house that is below street level. Do you have a cellar or basement? Place thresholds to prevent water from entering and make sure doors, windows and frames are watertight. Do you have a crawl space at home? Then a pump to drain water can be a good idea.
Connection to the sewer
During heavy rainfall, old sewers can become overloaded by the abundance of rainwater. Sewage that comes up in the toilet, shower, or sink can be remedied by installing a non-return valve in the connection pipe. A pump with backflow protection can also be a suitable solution here or you can call ‘water damage restoration corona ca‘ to help you.
Rat pests arise when working on sewers
With a lot of rainfall, the water is sometimes high in your toilet bowl. If you live in a big city, you have the chance that you will soon be face to face with a hairy creature in the pot. Rat plagues often occur in large cities. This is due to the many renovations and work on sewers and paving. As a result of these renovations, the rats’ hiding places are disappearing and they have to look for a new place to find water and food. Rats are excellent swimmers and therefore quickly feel at home in the sewer.
A non-return valve prevents a rat from reaching your toilet
Fortunately, almost all sewers have check valves or check valves that prevent rats from entering the sewer. However, many old houses and neighborhoods do not yet have check valves installed. Fortunately, you can also have a ‘rat valve’ installed in your sewerage system yourself. This not only stops the rats but also unpleasant odors from the outside. Before you get there: from now on, take a good look at the pot before you sit down.
While it is a good idea to waterproof the doors, windows, and frames, this does not mean that the house should be hermetically sealed when it rains. Ventilation ensures that clean, fresh air flows through your home, which also removes moisture. After all, cooking, washing, and our own breath also contain moisture and without ventilation, you are more likely to get damp and mold spots.
You can insulate your roof in various ways. For example, you can opt for a green roof, where the plants also form a buffer for the rainwater. Another solution is a water roof, in which case a layer of water remains on the roof on purpose for cooling in the summer. In both cases, a waterproof layer on the roof is necessary.
Downspout and gutters
All the rainwater that falls on your roof is drained through the gutters and downspout. If these are clogged by leaves or other debris, they can cause nasty leaks. Damage caused by blocked gutters or downspouts is not covered by insurance. Therefore, regularly check the drain and check whether the pipe is still properly connected to the gutter. You can also opt for a leaf catcher in the gutter so that the water drains off easily and cleaning becomes a lot easier.
Water drainage in the garden
Your garden also deserves attention when it comes to rainwater. Garden tiles do not allow water to drain well. Therefore, install gutters, provide wide joints or opt for water-permeable materials. You can of course also opt for lots of greenery in the garden. Not all plants can withstand large amounts of water and a moist surface. Therefore, pay close attention to which parts of your garden are more humid.