More about Perimeter Drains

Someone blabbed about our basement perimeter drains, I thought it was a secret.  I know because we had an email this morning correcting a part of what we said yesterday.

If you look carefully at yesterday’s photograph is shows the drain at the bottom of what looks like a ditch.  Here in Vermont that probably wouldn’t happen.  The correct way to do all that is to put crushed stone at the bottom of the ditch, then the drain pipe, then more stone, and finally on top a piece of Road FabricRoad Fabric is an amazing product that allows water to go through it but does not allow dirt or mud through; the end result is a drain pipe that is clean and not filled with mud.

In recent years there has been an enormous push to control Storm Water Run-Off.  This is the water, usually rain water that runs into brooks and streams when there’s a storm.  That all sounds perfectly harmless until we realize that much of the storm water run-off is from pavement and parking lots and that storm water can easily be highly polluted with all sorts of nasty things associated with motor vehicles.

This morning we had a fascinating conversation with an Environmental Scientist from New Hampshire.  Our conversation wandered around and eventually came to the proper way to dispose of the water collected and drained away in Perimeter Drains.  His suggestion is to treat it the same as Storm Water Run-Off.  It needs to go into collection ponds where it will be absorbed into the earth.  That approach keeps the potentially polluted water from entering either streams/brooks or eventually ending up in our pristine Vermont lakes.

There really is a lot of science that goes into properly building a new home, especially if you want to be environmentally conscientious. 

Things like properly dealing with water run-off fits comfortably with our emphasis on Energy Efficiency.  Both have their greatest concern on preserving the environment.  Vermont Modular constantly is striving to be a responsible business.

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