How to Improve Home Drainage System

A rusty basement, mold or mildew on the walls are clear signs that moisture is getting into your basement and that something is wrong with the drainage system. Poor drainage lets moisture build up in the soil around the foundation. This kind of plumbing issue should be given immediate attention and fixed so that heavy damage can be avoided. Most of the time, it is not expensive to resolve poor drainage as it involves proper rainwater management and slope of your premise.


Eavestrough or gutter is an important part of a drainage or plumbing system. Your house is at risk of water damage if the gutter is not properly placed or in poor condition. The function of an eavestrough is to catch the water coming from the roof and channel it away from a premise. A gutter should have a downward slope of ½ inch every 10 feet so that waste can drain completely. Moreover, a loose fastener can affect the slope and stop the water from draining out.


Downspouts should be large enough to handle the heavy rain and a large amount of water running off the roof. A large size downspout wouldn’t let anything obstruct the channel. Water coming from the downspout should be directed at least 5 feet away from the premise. In addition, the rainwater should flow onto a hard surface that can withstand the impact and stay firm. Concrete splash guards are mostly used for this purpose.

Water channels

Objects like seeds, leaves, and needles can obstruct gutters and stop water from flowing smoothly. Therefore, it is important to clean the drainage pipes. Minor obstructions can be fixed with hands. However, heavy debris should be removed with a pressure washer at least once a year. It is a good idea to cover the gutter with a guard so that leaves and other objects can be stopped from getting in.

Heavy rain can cause serious drainage problems. Excessive water absorption can damage the foundation walls. Therefore, cover the wells and let the water flow of your property quickly. It is advisable to consult a professional plumber to resolve plumbing problems permanently.

At Dunn Rite Plumbing & Gas, we deliver the highest quality plumbing services in Edmonton. Being a reliable plumbing company in Edmonton, we take pride in adding value to your residential and commercial plumbing systems. No matter the nature of your plumbing problem, whether poor drainage or a major repair, give us a quick call for emergency response.