Designing a swimming pool also involves designing the landscaping that goes with it and this means considering the drainage around your swimming pool. Your swimming pool builder is the knowledgeable expert when it comes to both design and landscaping and layout of the swimming pool. A storm drain, properly installed, will help your landscape and outdoor living area flourish regardless of the weather.
Because each yard and different areas of the state bring with it unique challenges when it comes to landscaping, swimming pool installation and inherent drainage issues, your swimming pool builder is the best resource for all of this information. Additionally, your particular municipality could have its own regulations that need to be followed as it relates to storm drainage. Your swimming pool builder will also be well versed in the specific aspects of that as well.
Here are some of the terms that may be tossed around when it comes to storm drainage and your swimming pool design:
Catch basins/yard drains. A catch basin is located under the downspouts and they connect to a main drain line and carry water out and away through the landscape drainage system. A catch basin is typically made of concrete or plastic and is covered with a grate to filter out debris and leaves.
A channel drain is used between the house and other outbuildings and/or the swimming pool. This drain runs between the edges of the deck and patio.
Deck drains are those that are installed as part of the deck, patio or walkway so the water slopes or drains toward specific landscape beds. These drains are usually equipped with decorative drain covers and are smaller than catch basins.
French drains will move water away from saturated soil. These drains look like small ditches and are lined with small rocks or gravel.
A gutter downspout tie-in element is constructed to remove water from the gutters and take it to the landscape or drainage system. Many of these downspout tie-ins are made of brass, metal or plastic and have an area for easy cleanout.
When your swimming pool builder installs your drainage system he or she will dig trenches around trees, usually by hand, to minimize any root damage. If they have to go under, rather than around, the tree for drainage he will likely dig the tunnel by using compressed air, again as a way to protect the roots from harm. Another way to go under a tree is by using water to dig the trenches.
It’s a delicate balancing act when installing storm drains as installing one on one area of the yard impacts the way water flows to the remaining areas of the yard. Drainage and irrigation need to work together as a whole-system approach to managing the water on your property. Your swimming pool builder can work the drainage components into the rest of your landscape design so that it appears seamless and does its job in the appropriate manner. When your pool builder comes to look at your yard during the beginning design phases of a project he or she will work with you to make the drainage project part of the pool installation.