If you’re lucky, someone considered stormwater management before you bought your home, or before your home was even built. Whether your area is hilly or flat, if your region gets any amount of rain you’re going to need to manage water levels.

In most cases, municipal organizations and/or subdivision developers take such concerns into account when planning communities. You may notice drainage ditches and storm drains in your neighborhood, for example.

However, the homeowner may also need to be aware of potential dangers and the ways in which they can participate in efforts to police their own property in the event of storms. Even the water you use to maintain your lawn or wash your car should be accounted for – it’s all running downstream to somewhere.

When it comes to recycling and stormwater management, there are a few steps every homeowner can take to act responsibly and avoid disaster or causing any harm. Here are a few things every homeowner should be aware of.


If developers and municipal planners have done their job, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about flooding. With proper planning and implementation, there should be adequate drainage in place to handle typical rainwater and runoff for your region.

Even so, however, you may have to perform some amount of maintenance to ensure that drainage channels are kept clear to accommodate water. For most homeowners this simply entails cleaning out gutters, downspouts, and any drainage on the property regularly (1-2 times a year, in general).

However, you might also want to keep an eye on brush or debris that could end up clogging larger drainage waterways. The city or a neighborhood association may need to clear these annually to preserve open channels for stormwater and runoff.

Sediment Runoff

Depending on where you live and the type of landscaping you prefer, erosion control could be an ongoing issue. What can you do to stop sediment from clogging up drains on your property and downstream, so to speak?

If you notice significant erosion, it may be time to look into landscaping or hydroseeding services that can help to preserve the integrity of your lawn or landscape. Otherwise, you could be responsible for significant damage to your own property and the property of your neighbors.


Whenever you use chemicals to clean your car, power wash your home exterior, or fertilize the lawn, for example, some amount of toxins could be running downstream. If you’d like to do less harm to the environment, just be aware of what you’re washing away and compensate by switching to cleaner, greener products.