Stormwater is all the water that we see running off our roofs and the driveways. These are all the excess waters of a storm. When it is a massive and prolonged storm, all the excess water assembles around our house can potentially damage our pooling system.
We need to contain and divert all this excess water to prevent potential damage. Stormwater pits are a part of our plumbing services. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding about a stormwater pit and who can install it.
Let’s remove all the confusion. To find out what stormwater pits and drains do and which contractor you can select to build them, keep reading.
What Is a Stormwater Pit?
A stormwater pit is a collection container for stormwater. Pretty straightforward, right? Although it is not meant to carry water, it must be wide enough to hold the water flowing through it, only long enough to allow it to flow into drainage pipes, at a pace so it can keep up with the water.
There is far more about building a stormwater pit than merely digging a trench, as in an in-ground water tank. It needs to be the right size to install a stormwater pit that operates properly and needs a filtration device to keep the drain from being clogged.
The pit is generally made of concrete, but plastic alternatives still exist, including:
- For domestic use, light duty stormwater pits (with plastic bases)
- High duty (with polypropylene bases) stormwater pits
- Filtering guards and lids to avoid leaves and other compounds like oil (plastic or aluminum)
There is a wide range of pits available in various designs and shapes. Be sure to choose the right plumber to install it.
How to Install a Stormwater Pit?
Stormwater pits are constructed of pre-cast concrete and need to be built by a professional since dedicated lifting equipment usually needs to be used.\
Firstly, the pit needs to be excavated in a stable and well compact area to prevent any potential subsidence. An engineer will need to be consulted here to guarantee that the soil at the site is acceptable. Then the pre-cast pit is raised and lowered into the place. The drainage pipes will then be connected to the hole, and the pit is backfilled, compacted, and leveled until the sealant or grout is dry. The grid is then placed on top of the pit.
Never plan to install a stormwater pit on your own. It is crucial to engineer stormwater pits to the correct scale and install an acceptable material fit for the purpose. You will need to set up the drainage and filtration properly. The installation process of stormwater pit is complicated just like installation of shallow drain systems. That’s why hiring an experienced plumber is recommended.
Choose a licensed plumber who is experienced in stormwater pits and drainage. Drainage and stormwater is not an area where you should look to save money. For your land and your finances, the effects of lousy drainage (undermining your foundations or a neighbor’s, for example) may be disastrous.
If you need a stormwater drainage system for your residential house, industrial or civil building, or golf course, ORCA’s stormwater pit can be your choice.