How To Prevent Stormwater Damage To Your Home

Each year in Australia, stormwater causes around $550 million worth of damage. This figure is set to increase due to the impacts of climate change, and the increased frequency of extreme weather events that will entail. Stormwater can have adverse effects on your home's foundations, paved areas, and concrete slabs if it isn't managed correctly. It can also damage neighbours' property, which may see you liable for any repair bills. Fortunately, there are two excellent ways to manage your stormwater.

Install a soakwell

Soakwells are tanks which are dug into the ground. Your stormwater drain pipes are connected to the tanks, so stormwater pours into the tank instead of overflowing onto the ground. Soakwells have small holes or perforations in the tank walls, which means that the water that accumulates in them can slowly seep into the surrounding ground.

Soakwells are generally made from plastic, PVC, or concrete and they come in a wide variety of sizes and storage capacities. If you're unsure about which material and size will best suit your needs, then a consultation with your local soakwell installation professional is recommended.

The added bonus of soakwells is that your garden will be kept green and fresh. The water that seeps out from the tank will ensure that the ground retains moisture for a far longer time than when water is added to the soil at ground level. This is because the depth of the soil will prevent the water from being rapidly evaporated by the heat of the sun.

Install a rainwater tank

Like a soakwell, a rainwater tank is a large water storage system that can be connected to your stormwater drain pipes to collect the water that falls during rainy periods. Unlike the soakwell, a rainwater tank is solid and will store the water indefinitely so that it can be used in your home and garden.

Rainwater tanks can be stored above ground or below ground. They also come in a wide variety of sizes and storage capacities. For a lightweight and inexpensive option, there are PVC or plastic rainwater tanks which are easy to install and can be moved if required.

Concrete tanks are a more expensive option, and once they are installed they're not able to be moved. However, concrete tanks work better at minimising evaporation and will keep the water at a cooler temperature during hot weather.

Many local councils around the country are now introducing legislation and laws that require homeowners to take responsibility for the stormwater that accumulates on their property. Therefore, now is the right time to invest in an effective system that will manage stormwater and prevent damage to your home and surrounding properties.