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Fix Standing Water in Your Driveway

Driveway drain

Many homes have driveways that slope towards the garage. During rainstorms, water can flow onto your property from several sources including roofs, hillsides, and your neighbor’s yard. Since concrete is impermeable, when water reaches your driveway it is no longer absorbed into the ground and often flows into your garage, or worse, your home.

Driveway Drainage Problem

Driveweay before drain

Low spots in your yard can easily turn into “water reservoirs” and cause serious drainage problems. Once the low area becomes saturated with water, a muddy puddle begins to form, potentially attracting mosquitoes and other insects and causing your grass to die. 

The unsightly muddy area detracts from the surrounding landscape and makes that portion of your yard unusable.  Unless the wet area is near your home, walkway, or driveway, it is unlikely to cause immediate physical damage to your property.  However, this wet spot can grow and eventually cause serious property damage if not properly addressed.  

When protecting the value and usability of your property from water damage your goal is to capture excess water, move it away from the problem area and then disperse or store it in a safe manner. 

If you do not immediately address water drainage issues you expose yourself to property damage, reduced functionality of your yard, health issues and “surprise” repair costs later.

Driveway Drainage Solution

Driveway with drain

A drainage problem is a serious problem that requires the right solution.

The Wrong Solution, the “Quick & Dirty” Solution: Many homeowners believe they can solve their drainage problems by simply moving dirt (grading) or digging shallow trenches. These temporary fixes do not effectively solve the problem and can actually make the problem worse.  The majority of homeowners report that they are unhappy with the results of temporary solutions – and end up trying another approach within 12 months. 

The Right Solution: A drainage problem is a serious problem that requires the right solution. NDS solutions are easy to install and provide the most effective means to address your specific drainage problem. NDS also provides you with the detailed DIY instructions and support you need to do the job right the first time.

Large capacity to hold high intensity storm runoff. Flo-Well captures and stores standing water in low spots in your yard, allowing the water to slowly percolate back into the ground.  Flo-Well easily connects to EZ-Drain to drain larger areas. 

Medium capacity to hold moderate intensity storm runoff. Catch basins can be installed to captures standing water and then discharge it either into a storm drain or using a pop-up emitter.

Note Before You Dig:
Prior to installation, have your local utility companies locate and mark the location of existing utilities.  Lay out your drainage system and mark the location of trenches and individual parts to be installed with marking paint before digging.  Carefully remove grass or plants that are located where the trench will be dug so they can be replanted after installation. Trenches should be dug such that they slope a minimum of 1% away from your house. Place all excavated dirt on a tarp so that it can be used later to backfill.

To speed up installation, a trenching machine can be used to dig all trenches, especially in areas with particularly hard soil.  NDS drainage products have been designed to be installed in any soil type.  Due to the variety of pipe types and sizes, double check that all pipe connection points are the correct size.  Please follow all installation directions included with the individual parts of your drainage system. To create watertight connections between products, apply a bead of waterproof silicone to both parts and connect. 

  1. Dig holes and trench for pipe, catch basin, Flo-Well, and EZ-Drain.  Dry fit (no glue) the entire drainage system from the catch basin to the pop-up emitter.  The Flo-Well and EZ-Drain should be installed at least 10’ away from any existing structure.  Measure and cut all pipe to necessary lengths.
  2. Before beginning your installation, check if your downspout has a downspout elbow connected.  If not, connect a downspout elbow to your downspout.  If needed, connect the Catch Basin Universal Outlets to the Catch Basin by inserting the Outlet into the Catch Basin and twisting to lock in place.  One of the outlets should have a plug.  This plug must be inserted into the outlet that will not have a drain pipe connected.  The Catch Basin can be used to clean out any debris that may enter the system and also serves as an inlet for surface water.  It should be installed in the ground directly beneath the downspout elbow to catch all water draining from the downspout.  Place the atrium grate on the Catch Basin and screw in place.  Connect the drain pipe to the Catch Basin using the Catch Basin Universal Outlet. 
  3. Run drain pipe from other end of Catch Basin to the Flo-Well.  Knock out the appropriate holes in the side panels of the Flo-Well where the drain pipe and EZ-Drain will be installed.  Assemble the Flo-Well using the interlocking side panels.  Slide the Drain Pipe and EZ-Drain through the holes in the Flo-Well side panels.
  4. Knock out the center hole of the Flo-Well lid.  Place the lid on the Flo-Well side panels then place the Flo-Well Surface Inlet onto the Flo-Well lid.
  5. Using a Corrugated Pipe Adapter, connect the EZ-Drain to an elbow with a weep hole.  The elbow should be installed with the weep hole on the horizontal side of the elbow.  Slide the Pop-up Emitter onto the elbow.  An additional length of pipe can be used to bring Pop-up emitter to the surface. 
  6. Backfill and replace any grass or plants that were removed.
Before beginning any excavation, check for underground utilities. Call the North America One Call Referral Service at 1-888-258-0808 (or just dial 811) for a national directory of utility companies.