Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Drainage

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Jul 31, 2020 1:00 PM

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There are lots of options available in driveway materials, including asphalt, gravel, brick and pavers. In addition to variables like the cost, the look, and the durability of each, there’s another factor you may not have thought about, but which is important. That’s drainage.




Listen to BOB VILA ON DRIVEWAY DRAINAGE or read the text below:

Your lawn and garden can absorb water when it rains. Your driveway can either absorb water or shed it—but either way you need to consider where that water is going, so it doesn’t end up in your garage or basement.

Some driveway materials, like brick and pavers, are permeable because the little spaces between them allow water back into the ground where it belongs. A driveway that’s covered in a nonporous material like concrete or asphalt needs to be pitched in a way that directs water away from your home, or it needs a drainage trench along the side to divert water. No matter what material you choose, if your driveway runs downhill toward your garage, you should install a trench in front of the garage door to stop water before it enters.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on driveways, consider:

How To: Seal a Driveway
Create a Distinctive Driveway
Designing a Driveway with Long-Lasting Appeal