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2 Ways To Divert Storm Water To Keep Your Sewer In Good Condition

When it rains, the storm water that runs from your property flows into your sewer system. This can then trigger the system to overflow. To keep this from happening, below are two ways you can divert the water.

Green Roof

If you plant a green roof on your home, it absorbs rainwater so it does not run off your roof. It also provides your home with insulation, which reduces energy costs, and gives animals a peaceful retreat.

When installing a green roof, a waterproofing membrane is laid first to protect your home from the moisture. A drainage layer is installed over the membrane, and then a filter fleece. The growing medium, such as the soil, is laid over the fleece, and then the plants, shrubs, etc.

You can choose between a semi-intensive, intensive, or an extensive green roof. If you are planting a full lawn with large plants, such as trees and shrubs, you should choose an intensive green roof. For moderate sized plants, a semi-intensive roof works well, such as black eyed susans, the coneflower, hibiscus, daylilies, and more. An extensive green roof works well for normal sized plants, such as petunias, begonias, impatiens, etc.

The maintenance involved with this type of roof is weeding, maintaining the depth of the soil, and removing any dead plants, limbs, etc.  You should also fertilize the roof once per year. What you use depends on the vegetation you plant. Talk with a garden center if you have questions about this.

Pervious Concrete

If you have a concrete driveway or other areas that have concrete, such as your patio, you should consider replacing it with pervious concrete. Pervious concrete consists of reduced fines or sand, which leaves air pockets in the concrete. When it rains, the water will flow through the concrete, and then into the soil below

A base is laid first, which is usually made from crushed stone, which is then compacted. This base supports the pervious concrete, and should be installed by a concrete contractor who has experience with this type of concrete.

You can also use pervious concrete pavers for your walkways, patio, etc. to handle even more storm water. Because the pavers are solid, when installing them make sure there is space between them, as the water flows through these spaces. For example, if you install pervious pavers as a walkway, you may want to have grass growing between each one.

You should contact a sewer repair company like Drainline Plumbing & Sewer Specialist to have your sewer maintained regularly. They will clean it, and make sure it is working properly.