Drainage Facilities on Your Property
Drainage facilities are any type of infrastructure designed to capture, convey, or block stormwater. Be aware of the drainage facilities on your property, whether on hillside or non-hillside properties. Know what they look like and how to keep them working properly to prevent damage to your home and to others' property.
Items to look for:
1. Watch how stormwater runs onto and off of your property.
2. Clean and unclog any trench drains.
3. Culvert and pipe openings should be kept clear of sediment, vegetation or debris. Avoid blockages.
4. Check dry wells and underground stormwater storage and ensure periodic professional maintenance and cleaning.
5. Screens, gates, and wall openings, and weep holes should be kept clear of debris and vegetation to avoid blockages.
Drywells are used to dispose of retained stormwater from both above-ground basins and underground storage facilities. Sometimes it is hard to see where drywell vents are located on your property. Look for a grated inlet that may be flush with the ground surface. Clean drywells annually.