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Top 5 Drainage Problems Around the Home

Homeowners tend to overlook outdoor drainage, which can lead to some serious problems if left untreated. Drainage is essential for the structural integrity of your house foundations as well as healthy soil and plants. Stormwater creates two main issues when your backyard has poor drainage systems:

1. Soil Erosion – Erosion washes away topsoil which, over time, decreases soil quality and threatens your building foundations. Although it is a natural process, it is important to combat this with proper drainage systems to keep your landscape and foundations in top condition.

2. Compaction – Compaction increases soil density which compresses the nutrients that transport water and air through the soil. This prevents grass and other plant life from growing properly and can leave your yard looking barren.

Having a proper RELN drainage plan will help you save money and headaches later down the track, while protecting your asset – your home!

In this blog, we will discuss the common drainage problems people generally have around the home, and how you can fix it!

Water Pooling in Driveway

Water pooling on your driveway reduces the functionality of your driveway and could potentially causing flooding within your garage and home.

The RELN channel drainage ranges Storm Mate or Storm Drain can eliminate this problem and divert surface water from your home. Simply install straight-line drainage at the entrance to your garage to solve this issue. Load rated to withstand vehicle traffic, RELN channel drains are the ideal solution for diverting Surfacewater from your driveway away from your home.

Water Pooling in Yard

Water pooling in your yard creates muddy areas, which causes soil compaction and prevents grass from growing. This also potentially attracts a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The RELN Ag-Pipe and Stretch Ag-Pipe ranges can solve this problem and divert surface water away from your yard. Simply install ag line beneath the surface of the soil to enable water to drain away and solve this issue. RELN Stretch Ag-Pipe is perfect for small areas and DIY projects, as it is flexible, can be stretched to the desired length and can bend around anything.

Water Pooling on Pathway

Water pooling on a path can potentially cause a slip hazard and prevents walkways from being easily trafficable. This pooling water can also enable algae to grow on your pavers, tarnishing the appearance of your outdoor space while also creating a slippery surface. Once algae forms, it’s difficult and time-consuming to remove, so prevention is the best option.

The RELN Storm Mate or Storm Drain channel drain ranges, paired with a Heelguard Grate can eliminate this problem and divert surface water from your home. Simply install straight-line drainage to solve this issue.

Downspout Runoff

Downspouts drain water from your roof gutters directly to the base of your home. If not diverted, this water can cause foundation damage which can affect the structural integrity of your home.

The RELN Traditional Pit or Uni-Pit ranges can solve this problem and divert surface water from your home. Simply install a pit directly underneath your downspout to drain this water away from your home. Alternatively, RELN Splash blocks can be placed directly under a downpipe to divert and slow the flow of water – no install needed!

Water Pooling in Garden Beds

Water pooling in garden beds creates muddy areas and causes damage to your garden bed. If not treated with a proper drainage system, this will discourage plant growth and in very wet conditions can kill your plants.

The RELN Uni-Pit and RELN Ag-Pipe ranges can solve this problem and divert surface water away from your garden bed. Simply install a 200 or 300 Uni-Pit coupled with ag line to solve this issue. RELN has an Atrium Green grate designed specifically for garden areas, to stop mulch entering the drainage system.

For further information on how to solve common drainage problems within your home, check out our interactive Homeowner Drainage Problem-Solution Finder (hyperlink to page)

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CLASS LOADING TABLE

Class Loading Typical Use Nominal Wheel Loading kg Serviceability Design Load kN Ultimate Limit State Design Load kN
icon RESIDENTIAL Non-rated usage. Designed for residential applications such as pathways and driveways. N/A N/A N/A
icon CLASS Areas (including paths) accessible only to pedestrians and pedal cyclists and closed to other traffic. 330 6.7 10
icon CLASS Areas (including paths and light tractor paths) accessible to vehicles (excl. commercial vehicles) or livestock. 2670 53 80
icon CLASS Malls and areas open to slow moving commercial vehicles. 5000 100 150
icon CLASS Carriageways of roads and areas open to commercial vehicles. 8000 140 210
icon CLASS General docks and aircraft pavements. 13 700 267 400
icon CLASS Docks and aircraft pavements subject to high wheel loads. 20 000 400 600
icon CLASS Docks and aircraft pavements subject to very high wheel loads. 30 000 600 900

RESIDENTIAL

  • Non-rated usage. Designed for residential applications such as pathways and driveways.
  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    N/A

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    N/A

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    N/A

CLASS

  • Areas (including paths) accessible only to pedestrians and pedal cyclists and closed to other traffic.
  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    330

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    6.7

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    10

CLASS

  • Areas (including paths and light tractor paths) accessible to vehicles (excl. commercial vehicles) or livestock.
  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    2670

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    53

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    80

CLASS

  • Malls and areas open to slow moving commercial vehicles.
  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    5000

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    100

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    150

CLASS

  • Carriageways of roads and areas open to commercial vehicles.
  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    8000

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    140

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    210

CLASS

  • General docks and aircraft pavements.
  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    13,700

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    267

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    400

CLASS

  • Docks and aircraft pavements subject to high wheel loads.
  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    20,000

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    400

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    600

CLASS

  • Docks and aircraft pavements subject to very high wheel loads.
  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    30,000

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    600

  • Nominal Wheel Loading (kg)

    900