Edible Landscaping and Rain Barrels NC
There is an enormous amount of water that falls from the sky when it rains. On 1000ft2 in a 1″ rain, 600 gallons of water fall. That is enough to fill 12 average size 'rain barrels'. Gutters and downspouts are supposed to capture this water and keep it away from the foundation of the house, but often times they do not work properly or do not get the water far enough away from the house.
Drainage issues can be detrimental to the longevity of a house or building. It is way more than an aesthetic problem. Having poor drainage can:
The simple solution to this issue is to properly manage the water that falls on your property, starting at the top of the water-shed—your roof.
EYG Landscapes' knowledge and experience with rainwater harvesting, and how water moves, has given us a unique perspective on and understanding of drainage problems. We have a history of being able to solve many drainage problems that others have not been able to solve. Most other people start too low in the watershed when looking for intervention points, and therefore are unsuccessful at resolving most drainage issues. EYG Landscapes always looks for the best way to intervene at the highest place possible in the landscape, and therefore we are often able to turn the problem--too much water in the wrong place--into a graceful solution and an asset--an abundance of water in the right places. By the way, we always create an overflow, so the water always stays in the "right place".
There are several points of intervention you can tweak in order to resolve any drainage issue. In order of highest in the watershed to lowest, they are:
Gutters: Gutters should catch water flowing off of the roof. Oftentimes, the gutters do not There are many different ‘gutter guards’ manufactured today, and none of them work well without regular maintenace. We recommend not installing gutter guards, and simply cleaning your gutters annually, after leaves fall in the autumn.
Downspout Filters: There need to be enough downspouts, in the proper locations, to be able to drain the roof. Downspouts often become clogged and stop working. Because of this we recommend using a downspout filter to keep the downspouts and drains free flowing.
The downspout filters that we use were developed in Australia, where they have a long tradition of having to catch rain for both non-potable and potable water uses. Much of the equipment that we use for capturing rainwater has been developed there. They tend to make simple, low-maintenance products.
Drains and Drainage Pipes: We always use smooth wall drainage pipes, 3" for downspouts, and 4" or 6" for drainage lines, depending on the amount of water draining to the site. Many other landscapers use 4" corrugated pipe, which has a much lower flow than smooth wall pipe, because of the friction of the corrugations. They also clog up very easily with any sediment flowing down the downspouts. We recommend downspout filters on all downspouts, as well as smooth wall drainage pipe whenever possible.
Rainwater Harvesting Integration: Rain gardens are an extremely effective way of managing the water on your property–protecting the foundation and making good use of the water as well. It can also save thousands of dollars each year in expensive irrigation and water bills.
On most residential properties, it is possible to redirect downspouts to Rain Gardens that are integrated with landscape mulch beds, planted with bushes, trees, and flowering plants. This makes the water runoff very useful as the rain gardens passively irrigates the landscape beds every single time it rains!!!