How does a patio drainage system work?

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How does a patio drainage system work?
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It is a simple matter to spend a great deal of time and money creating the patio of your dreams. For this reason, it is very important to protect your patio from possible water damage. One way to do this is through the installation of a patio drainage system.

A patio drainage system prevents water from remaining on your patio and leading to untold amounts of damage by giving it a pathway to drain away from your patio. If the water has a place to go it is unlikely to collect or pool. There is more than one possibility for deck drainage.

How Drainage for Paved Decks Works

This method works well for decks and driveways and consists of a channel that collects water from a network of underground pipes. This drainage system works because by providing the water a place to go away from the paved or bricked area above. The channel grade is designed to keep out large debris. Smaller debris sometimes works its way in.

A quality channel grade will come with a lock to secure it from theft or loss but can be removed for cleaning out leaves and debris that may become trapped within. If it isn't cleaned out regularly, it will become ineffective.

Using a Drainage System for Wooden Decks

Wooden decks are often not a priority for water drainage systems and yet when done properly, a water drainage system on a wooden deck can be an important component in your overall landscaping plans. When the deck is made of lumber, the drainage system ensures that rain falling through the gaps doesn't pool on the ground below the deck but is instead directed elsewhere in the lawn. This means that you can use the area below your wooden deck for other purposes and lowers the risk of mould forming in that area. More importantly, it gives you some degree of control as to where the runoff water is going.

Benefits of a Patio Drainage System

There are several benefits that you may or may not realise at first. The water removed from your patio drainage system is water that will not be causing a collection of fungus, algae, or moss on your patio or lawn from excess water. It helps prevent damage to the wood or cement as a result of prolonged exposure to water, and it prevents muddy patches from forming on your lawn during periods of prolonged rain.

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