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A Guide To Surface Water Drainage

Rainfall is a common occurrence in the UK, however, the accumulation of rainwater around your property can be far from fun. Surface water can accumulate in many ways. This guide explores exactly what surface water drainage is and its applications.

What is surface water drainage?

Surface water drainage is simply the accumulation of water collected on a property that escapes into public sewers. Water primarily runs off roofs, paved areas, and the road.

Any type of water that drains away from your property can be considered as surface water drainage. Whether that’s washing your car or even watering your garden.

Why use surface water drainage?

There are a few benefits to using surface water drainage:

Reduces risk of flooding – Public sewers tend to overflow with a high volume of rainwater. Sustainable drainage solutions are imperative for tackling flooding in vulnerable areas.

Reduces carbon footprint – The less water going into public sewers means there is less energy being used to process it.

Lower your bills – Draining surface water away yourself will reduce the charges from local sewerage companies.

Replenishes ground water – Allows you to use surface water as a resource instead of disposing of it as waste.

Prevents contamination – Anyone that deals with chemicals will need to dispose of it without contaminating the surrounding environments.

Where is surface water drainage used?

Surface water drainage is used virtually anywhere that gathers water on the surface. Primarily, you will find it around the following areas:

Urban – Houses, Patios, Gardens and Driveways.

Commercial – Retail parks and car parks.

Industrial – Industrial, Docks & Loading Yards.

Highway – Roadways and Motorways.

Sports and Training facilities.

What to look out for when investing in surface water drainage.

There are two main factors to investigate when investing into surface water drainage.

Weight – Different types of drainage can take different amount of pressure. If your drainage is going to be under stress from heavy vehicles, for example, then you may need to invest in stronger channels like the KE100.

Application – If your drainage is for a public area you may want to invest in more a minimalistic design (Slot Drainage) which is more visually appealing. Whereas car parks won’t need to be visually appealing but should be strong.

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