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Creating a rainwater drainage network

The rainwater drainage system is crucial when designing a home. It is done on two levels, the roof and the foundations. 

When rain falls on the roof, the water slides down towards the gutters or gently sloping channels and runs off down the walls. At the bottom of each down pipe, this water is collected in a butt. 

The rainwater is then routed to a standalone or separate drainage network, distributed in the garden or on a public road (if there is a separate network) or stored in a rainwater tank. 

It is also essential to install drains around the house for rainwater to run off. Drains are simply pipes with holes that are used to recover water from soil drainage.  

They are placed about 60 cm deep around the foundations and covered with a geotextile membrane. The membrane is designed to prevent the grooves from clogging with mud or anything else in the ground. They are then covered and collect the absorbed water in a well. 

These two elements are the main components of the rainwater drainage network. 

Gutters designed to run off rainwater

By law, your house must have gutters for the rainwater to run off. Indeed, the law stipulates that rainwater must be channelled on your land and not on your neighbour's. Otherwise, it will quickly become a source of conflict with your neighbours and usually requires a substantial amount of work. Make sure this does not happen. 

There are two types of gutter: hanging and seamless. 

A hanging gutter is a generally a half-pipe gutter located under the lower part of a sloping roof. A seamless gutter is flatter and positioned on a cornice or directly on the rafters of the roof. 

Rainwater gutters come in all kinds of materials, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. 

PVC has the big advantage of being cheap and very easy to install and maintain. It also adapts well to different types of construction. But be careful, as it is sensitive to temperature variations. 

Zinc is probably the most classic and most commonly used material. Its appearance is discreet and suitable for old houses, with a proven level of resistance. Hanging these gutters is quite technical and you will have to make sure that whoever does the work is well qualified. 

Solid, aesthetic and light, galvanised steel is fairly economical and easy to install, it also suits large gutters better. 

Copper is very resistant but weathers over time. Although expensive, this malleable material has the advantage of adapting to complex shapes. 

Choose your material according to budget but also to suit the architecture of the house. Indeed, some materials are more suited to old buildings while others are more at home on modern constructions. 

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