In most cases, your home will have gutters that run along the roof to catch rainwater that hits the roof. It will usher that water away from the house via a drain pipe. This is important to prevent water from pooling up around the foundation of your house. That could cause your foundation to begin to erode; it could also lead to flooding of your first floor. Typically, you’ll go to a roofing expert for your guttering needs, but some plumbers will do that work as well. Plumbers might do the work, especially if it relates to your plumbing needs. Here is how your gutters and your plumbing could relate.
Ponds and Rainwater Collection
Many homeowners have been emphasizing using as much rainwater as possible in their day to day lives. Rainwater costs you nothing and also reduces the amount of resources used to treat water. Water that you use for filling your pond or watering your garden doesn’t need to be treated and transported by municipal sources. So, many people have rainwater collected in cisterns and actually piped into their house for different purposes. It can’t be used for drinking but it can be used for flushing toilets and washing clothes.
If you have a plumber doing work on your pipes, they might need to work on your rainwater collection as well. A common way to collect rainwater is for the gutters to run into a rainwater collection tank or into a pond. The gutters lead to a downspout. The downspout can run into a channel drain that culminates in the pond.
Basement Sump Pumps
A sump pump is a pump in your basement that sits inside of a small cistern. Water that flows into the basement for any reason will run into that cistern and then be pumped out of your house. There are several reasons this can experience problems. Many plumbers, especially those in rural areas, are trained to repair sump pumps. During the repair process, they might clean or repair your gutters as well since functioning gutters should reduce the amount of water flowing into the basement. That will reduce the workload of your sump pump.
Some rural homes are serviced by a well instead of a municipal water supply. Effectively diverting rainwater is essential to the functioning of a well. Typically, rainwater is redirected away from a well so that it does not contaminate the groundwater coming into your home. In some areas, the rainwater is actually directed into the well to create a sort of hybrid collection system.