Drainage systems are necessary components of healthy homes. Improperly installed drainage systems can ruin landscaping and lead to water intrusion in your home, which may cause mold. In turn, this can cause costly and extensive repairs for the homeowner. However, not just any season is ideal for installing a drainage system.
Once the rainfall of the wet season has passed, it’s in the homeowner’s best interest to install a drainage system or make repairs to an existing system. The spring and summer months create the ideal time for drainage system work to be done for a number of reasons.
The Warm Weather Advantage
Take advantage of the warm and dry months to make drainage system installations or changes. Spring and summer provide fewer inconveniences than winter, which sees more rainfall and precipitation.
Though some might find it makes sense to install a drainage system during the wet months, when such a system is most needed, the installation process is actually made much more complicated if done during the wet season.
Spring, and especially summer, provide little to no inconveniences when it comes to construction issues such as work halt due to rain or moisture saturated soil.
Summer and spring provide for drier soil that contractors find far easier to work with in order to guarantee the lasting success of the drainage system and speed up the time needed to install it.
Preventative Action against Flooding
One of the main reasons why the dry season is an ideal time for drainage installation is because it greatly reduces the likelihood of flooding. Any homeowner who has experienced flooding is well aware of the destruction it causes, and homeowners who are not familiar with such havoc should do everything in their power to prevent it from happening.
The dry soil of the summer makes for the ideal time for drainage system installation, though some homeowners might make the mistake of believing they don’t need a drainage system during the warm months.
However, sprinklers and yard irrigation systems can cause a severe amount of property damage, making a drainage system a necessity even when rainfall is not at its height. Not only can flooding damage a property’s curb appeal but over saturation of water can harm and even kill flowers and surrounding greenery. Prevent avoidable yard flooding by installing a drainage system at the most convenient time of the year before problems have the chance to exacerbate.
Ideal Temperature for Installation
There are other advantages to installing a drainage system during the warm, dry season.
Warm days and cool nights create the ideal opportunity for a contractor to inspect your property and most actually determine which areas require repair since this particular climate will allow water to be brought up through cracks as the sun warms the earth.
That way contractors can get the most accurate understanding of existing drainage failures in order to provide the best repair work based on the yard’s unique situation.
In contrast, cool temperatures can create issues for drainage installation since water trapped under the surface can freeze and not establish a proper drain flow during the installation. A frozen subgrade runs the risk of giving a false impression of drainage failures and needs. Additionally, surface repairs should be made during warmer weather.
Installing a drainage system in warm weather allows for permanent surface repairs to be completed at the same time so that your repair works can be completed in one convenient project.
Permanently Resolve Drainage Problems
Nobody wants a soggy yard filled with mud, dying plants, and water intrusion. End your drainage system failures once and for all by installing a system during the time of year when the ground is easiest to work with and existing problems are most apparent. The good news is that most drainage system failures can be resolved, since having a wet yard is, unfortunately, a common problem for homeowners. Repair your drainage system today or plan for new system installation in order to prevent problems from getting worse and causing harm to your property.
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