Drainage Solution for Sidewalks, Patios, and Driveways

Sidewalks, patios, and driveways all trigger gutter drainage issues. Many times, the house’s roof configuration necessitates the installation of a downspout in an inconvenient place. Water from gutters draining into a sidewalk entranceway can be dangerous in colder climates because the water can freeze and cause a slip-and-fall hazard. Draining the water into a flower bed between the house and the walk is not an option because the concrete or brick pavers would act as a dam, trapping water against the basement wall and causing muddy and flooding basements. A Cross Sidewalk Drain (CSD) is built to safely and discretely bring rainwater from down spouts across the sidewalk, driveway, or patio.Feel free to find more information at Sidewalk Contractorsin.

Consider your rain gutters as a complete “system.” Make sure the gutters are clean first. You don’t need me to tell you how important it is to clean your gutters twice a year. After the seeds and helicopters have been removed, the spring cleaning is the most significant. Many seeds float and easily find their way to the downspout, clogging it up in no time. After the seeds and helicopters have been removed, the spring cleaning is the most significant.

At the bottom of the downspout, three to four foot extensions are needed. To ensure a decent drainage slope, the lower elbow should be about sixteen inches above the level. Water must be able to drain away from the foundation through the ground or grade around the building. Rain barrels are another choice for catching and storing rainwater. A fitting at the bottom of the rain barrel allows you to connect a standard garden hose, allowing you to use the water as required in your flower or vegetable gardens.
You will now take on the job of removing rainwater under and away from areas around your house where there is foot or car traffic. “Cross Sidewalk Drains (CSD)” are available in a variety of prefabricated designs and sizes. A tough polypropylene trough and grate is the most cost-effective CSD and is suitable for most pedestrian applications. CSDs with a polymer concrete trough and a metal grate cover mounted across the walk or drive would provide a flush, protected walking or driving surface.
Pipe or irrigation tubing should not be used because they can get clogged with time and will be impossible to clean. Rats, for example, will use them as a home. A CSD’s metal grate can be lifted for washing, and since it is exposed to light and air, rodents may find it an unappealing place to live.
Cutting concrete or paver blocks would be needed if you are working with an existing sidewalk or patio. Your local tool and equipment rental store has the heavy power tools you’ll need to make sharp, precise cuts. Make sure the CSD has enough slope to allow water to drain properly under the sidewalk. On the opposite side of the walk, a French drain or a rain garden might be needed.