You shouldn’t have to deal with standing water on your front walkway every time it rains. In addition to being irritating, this water pooling can cause frost heaves that break apart your pavement, as well as serious water damage to the foundation of your home. Sometimes this situation can be easily remedied by moving or re-routing your downspout, but other times it isn’t that simple. In some cases, the flooding problem may require a professional plumbing solution. Many people have successfully solved this water crisis by installing a dry well into their yard to help drain the runoff. Talk to your plumber today and ask if a dry well might be the right answer to your rainy day problems.

Dry Wells Explained

A dry well is an underground drain-like structure that is strategically placed in areas prone to flooding. When it rains, gravity carries the excess water and runoff from the roof into the dry well, which absorbs the water and then dispels it across a large surface area away from your home. Additionally, if routed correctly, the dry well can also receive gray water from other sources such as sinks, showers, and laundry machines. They can even help relieve the liquid load on a septic system leach field that may be nearing the end of its life. Some plumbers prefer to make their own dry wells using PVC pipe and other materials, while others prefer to bury a pre-cast concrete well in a pit and surround it with gravel.

Will a Dry Well Work in Your Yard?

While oftentimes successful, a dry well does not work for every home. Before you begin the installation, discuss the following questions with your plumber. These questions will help determine if a dry well will be a successful solution to your flooding problem:
  1. Do you have a high water table? High water tables prevent proper draining in a dry well, rendering it useless. However, if you have an average or low water table, a dry well may be perfect.
  2. How many dry wells will I need? To truly solve the flooding problem, some people need multiple dry wells. Ask your plumber how many he thinks will get the job done.
  3. What storage capacity should my dry well(s) have? If they are too small, then your flooding problems will continue.
To see if a dry well can solve your flooding and water damage dilemmas, contact Drain Genie Plumbing—your local Orlando plumbing professionals—at 407-710-0210. We specialize in both residential and commercial plumbing, and would be happy to give you a free estimate on a dry well or any of our other plumbing services. We serve Orlando, Sanford, Lake Mary, Longwood, Deltona, and the surrounding areas.