What is a Dry Well?
A dry well is an underground structure that diverts pooled water in a yard underground. These wells are deeper than their width, commonly measuring three feet wide at the surface and 30 to 70 feet deep underground.
Dry wells are lined with perforated casings and can be filled with gravel or just left empty. Proper dry well installation usually involves some sort of pretreatment that removes oil and other types of contaminants, which reduces the risk of clogging and transporting pollutants underground.
Signs You Need a Dry Well
The signs your property could benefit from a dry well installation are usually quite obvious and can include:
- Lingering water around your house
- Pools of water in your yard
- Muddy areas
- Constantly slippery walkways and patios
- Wet or flooded basement