In the Lower Mainland, we see a lot of rainfall from autumn through spring. A perimeter drain prevents ground and surface water from damaging your home’s foundation by directing water away from the foundation and relieving water pressure against retaining walls. Even in areas that do not get a lot of precipitation, the structural integrity of a building is put at risk by ground water and other water sources that may come into contact with it.
Perimeter Drain Lifespan
A perimeter drain usually lasts around ten years without maintenance – but they can become clogged, or damaged from roots and shifting landscape. To avoid expensive perimeter excavations, it is best to regularly maintain your perimeter drainage system, especially if you have suspicion that there may be the beginning of an issue such as tree root damage. Most plumbers recommend having your perimeter draining serviced every few years to spot issues before they become severe.
Some of the maintenance options that can be done by a professional include:
- Drain replacement
- Drain installation
- Perimeter Drain Flushing
- Clearing Clogged Pipes
- Repairs to Pipes and Connections.
In the event that repairs are needed on a perimeter drainage system, your licensed plumber will provide an estimate for scope of work. If flood repair or home foundation repair is also needed, most plumbing companies will be able to recommend someone for those aspects of the job.
Your perimeter drain’s job is to keep ground and running water away from your home’s structure and foundation. Because foundation repairs can be so costly, it is recommended to have regular maintenance and inspections done on your perimeter drain.