Dry wells are a type of underground water catchment system used for collecting rainwater after a storm. A dry well can be a buried concrete structure, or it may be a hole in the ground filled with gravel or pebbles. A gate is placed over the top of the dry well so that it can be accessed for repairs. A dry well is strategically placed in your yard to allow gravity to move water runoff to it. Dry wells are installed underground, but above the water table.
While dry wells are typically used to catch water runoff, they can also be used to collect the relatively clean water wasted by sinks, baths, washing machines, and dishwashers. Water moves to the dry well through a series of underground pipes. Water runoff from storms will move on top of the soil naturally. Water collects in the dry well and leaches through the gravel and into the ground.
Some of the reasons you may need a dry well include the following:
If you live in an area prone to heavy rains and flooding, then you have seen water run across your yard, creating ditches and possibly damaging your neighbor’s yard, too. Water can also run across paved surfaces such as driveway and patios, damaging the ground along the edges of those surfaces.
At Ideal Basement Waterproofing, our professional contractors can determine the best location in your yard for the placement of the dry well. We will perform a soil test, known as a percolation (or perc) test, in order to determine the level of water absorption. We also repair dry wells, including problems occurring from clogs in the pipes or the collapse of the walls of the dry well itself.
Let our experienced staff help you contain water runoff in your yard and minimize the damage. Our company can also assist with the repair of structural damage caused by excess water or moisture. Contact us today for all your dry well installation and repair needs.