How Do Water Retention Systems Work?

How Do Water Retention Systems Work?

At Paradise Valley Septic, we’re dedicated to educating homeowners about the ins and outs of residential septic systems.

After all, a working septic system is important for safely handling wastewater.

But what about stormwater? Also known as rainwater, stormwater is excess water caused by heavy rainfall. If it isn’t efficiently controlled, it can accumulate and turn into runoff.

That’s why it’s important to understand how water retention systems work. By adding one to your property, you can help prevent runoff-related issues.

THE PROBLEM WITH RUNOFF WATER

Now, don’t get us wrong. We appreciate the environmental significance of rainfall. The problem, however, is when excess rainfall isn’t properly managed.

Unfortunately, this is a common issue in suburban neighborhoods. When it rains, rainwater doesn’t soak into the ground. Instead, it flows over paved surfaces like sidewalks, parking lots, and roads.

The result? A rapid accumulation of stormwater. This runoff increases the risk of several problems, including:

  • Flash flooding
  • Soil erosion
  •  Animal habitat damage
  • Pollution (stormwater can pick up pollutants from paved surfaces)

In Arizona, runoff is especially troublesome. Our soil becomes hard and dry during our long, hot summers. Come monsoon season, we’re hit with intense weather changes and irregular rainfall. 

But when the soil is so dry, it can’t properly absorb water. In turn, stormwater runs off and rapidly accumulates.

HOW DOES A WATER RETENTION SYSTEM HELP?

Here’s where water retention systems come in.

A water retention system is an underground structure that’s designed to manage runoff.

It all starts with drainage channels. Excess water enters these channels, which direct it into the structure. As the name suggests, the system retains (or holds) the water.

This prevents said water from accumulating and causing problems.  

A WATER RETENTION SYSTEM ALSO CONTROLS SOIL ABSORPTION

The structure also has an outlet. This allows the system to slowly release water into surrounding soil. 

Consequently, the area isn’t overpowered by forceful runoff, and the soil can gradually absorb moisture.

HAVE QUESTIONS? CALL THE EXPERTS AT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

For more than 18 years, Paradise Valley Septic has installed water retention systems in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. We’re pros when it comes to handling Arizona’s unique soil and intense weather.

Our team of expert technicians can explain how water retention systems work, address specific issues, and provide regular maintenance inspections.

To learn more, fill out our online form or call us at (480) 607-7763.  

 

 

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