Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Lawn Pop Up Drain Emitters for Professional-Looking Landscaping
Now that you’ve finished the installation of your pop up drain emitter, it’s time to think about maintenance. Because these devices rely on gravity to disperse water, it’s best to keep them pointed downhill in relation to the building. That is, no part of the emitter should be higher in elevation than the base of the building. If your emitter is on flat ground or rolls in any direction, make an angle with a mounding of soil, rocks, or wood chips. This will give your emitter the necessary slant.
Another important maintenance step is keeping the area around the emitter clear from debris, including soil, leaves, and mulch. This will ensure the water flow is not impeded and plugged. Pop up drain emitters also need to be inspected for dirt and for potential plugging. Clean the dirt out of the emitter itself and wipe down the opening with a cloth or a washcloth to ensure a smooth, effective water flow.
If the emitter is found to be clogged, use a drain snake to unclog it. If the clog is more severe, you may need to call a plumber to come and unclog the system. Keeping your water drainage system free of blockages is extremely important to avoid long-term damage.
Last but not least, check the pipes and connections leading to the emitter. If there are any cracks or breaks in the pipe, the emitter won’t work properly and water won’t disperse correctly. Pay attention to any places where tree roots may have dug in and cracked the piping. If the pipelines are aging or in need of repair, use sealant or other fixes specifically engineered for pipes. Cleaning the pipes before repair helps ensure that the repairs you make last as long as possible.
Installing pop up drain emitters is a great way to ensure proper water drainage for your property, but it requires a lot of initial and ongoing maintenance. Following the steps described above regularly will ensure that your drains are functioning correctly and protecting your property from moisture damage using almost zero effort on your part. Put in the time and effort today and save yourself the time and effort of dealing with more serious issues in the future.