Not only are gutters a vital part of a house, but having the right drainage system for the gutters is also important. If you are having problems with standing water in your yard, it might be time for you to upgrade your gutter system, as well as your drainage system. One option you have with this is to have a dry well installed in your yard. This will help with the drainage issues you have, and it will keep your yard dry.

What Is the Purpose of a Dry Well?

A dry well is a small well located in your yard, away from your house. It is connected to the gutter system through underground piping, and the water that drains from your house will end up in this well.

Roofing companies that offer gutter installation may be able to install this for you by running underground pipes from your downspouts. Whenever it rains, the gutters will collect water and let it fall down the downspouts. When the water reaches the end of the downspouts, it will land inside the piping system, which will carry it to the dry well.

How Is a Dry Well Installed?

The first step required when installing a dry well is choosing a location for it. As you choose, you should look for an area that is:

  1. Located at least 10 feet away from the house, and out of the way from areas you use most often
  2. On ground that is at a lower elevation than your house because the water must be able to move downwards to get to the dry well.

A dry well can be made of many things, including large buckets or small concrete tanks. A dry well can also be made of rock and ground paper too. The goal is to create an area that will hold the extra water from the rain. When the ground around your house becomes dry, water will seep out of this well and into your yard.

Before a contractor does this, he must call an underground utility location company to make sure that he does not hit any underground utilities. The contractor will then use a trencher to dig the hole for the pipe and will fill in the hole afterwards.

Having a dry well is a great idea for any yard that has standing water issues. Together, a dry well and a good gutter system will help keep your yard dry. If you would like to learn more about this, contact a roofing company, like Alaka'i Raingutters & Supplies.