April 3 2019 10:14 AM

The app provides a quick way of determining water runoff and making decisions about drainage fixes.

NDS Inc., Woodland Hills, California, a provider of drainage and stormwater management solutions for both residential and commercial applications, has announced the official launch of its Stormwater Drainage Tools mobile app. Designed for contractors, civil engineers, landscape architects, and DIY homeowners, the app simply and quickly calculates stormwater runoff and determines requirements for implementing a variety of drainage solutions.

With one click, the app connects users to information about drainage products and provides access to NDS’ bilingual Technical Services Team who can answer questions via phone or email about diagnosis and installation.

The app includes NDS’ complete catalogs of drainage, stormwater management, irrigation and flow management products and links to sites where the products can be purchased.

Features include an easy-to-use calculator that determines runoff in gallons per minute and cubic feet of water per second as well as the required pipe diameter for any given drainage need.

Also included is a separate calculator for determining the number of dry wells needed for detaining collected stormwater and the types and sizes of drainage pipe needed based on area size and surface type, the depth and thickness of gravel backfill and the slope.

“Our mobile app provides an easy and quick way of determining the amount of water draining from a property and the various ways water can be efficiently stored or managed,” said Sharon Vessels, vice president of marketing and e-commerce for NDS. “We are evolving this tool based on contractor feedback and will push an update out to the market by July 2019 that will include more powerful diagnostic and installation tools.”

The human health costs of poor drainage on a property can be significant. Poorly drained runoff from roofs can enter basements or flow inside homes through foundation cracks or leaks where it can warp floorboards and turn finished rooms into disastrous, mildewy and moldy messes that attract insects and rodents.

Outside of a home, inadequate or nonexistent drainage from gutter downspouts can create puddles of standing water where the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile and Zika viruses may breed.

The financial costs of poor drainage can be substantial. Drying out a basement full of toxic water can range from $1,000 to $10,000, according to the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program. Repairing damage to a home’s foundation can range from $3,500 to $25,000, according to the National Association of Realtors. And replacing a landscape washed away from heavy rains averages around $7,500 and can run as high as $30,000, according to HomeAdvisor.

Soggy, poorly graded ground spells certain doom for lawns, shrubs and plants, and current estimates are that a home with a major drainage problem or foundation damage can reduce a home’s value by 10 to 15% according to the National Association of Realtors.

The NDS mobile app is available for free download at Apple’s App Store and Google Play.