As El Nino Nears, NDS Launches Education Campaign to Help Homeowners Prevent Drainage Problems from Heavy Rains

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New “El Nino Resources” webpage informs homeowners about potential drainage issues and easy fixes before the storms.

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For homeowners expecting to deal with El Nino rains, preparation is key. Fixing drainage issues before they become potentially expensive problems will save money and give you better peace of mind once the rains start falling.

NDS, Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative stormwater management and drainage products for residential and commercial markets, today launches an education campaign to inform homeowners about common drainage problems and how to fix them before the expected heavy rains from El Nino. As part of its campaign, NDS provides a wide variety of information and easy-to-follow tips about drainage problems and solutions at its new “El Nino Resources” webpage at

According to the National Weather Service, this year’s El Nino is shaping up to be significant and has the potential to surpass the strongest El Nino ever recorded. Weather experts are forecasting significant precipitation in southern California and southern states from Texas to Florida, with El Nino impacts expected to peak in Winter 2016.

“For homeowners expecting to deal with El Nino rains, preparation is key,” said Ryan Larsen, a civil engineer at NDS, also known as “Dr. Drainage” in NDS’s educational YouTube video series on drainage products and systems. “Many homeowners don’t realize that heavy rains can cause major repair costs and loss in property value. Assessing your home and yard for trouble areas and fixing drainage issues before they become potentially expensive problems will save money and give you better peace of mind once the rains start falling.”

On NDS’s “El Nino Resources” webpage, Larsen has outlined a number of El Nino Readiness Tips for Homeowners. These include:

  • Find Your Problem Areas: Look for pooled up areas of water, clogged rain gutters or rainspouts and musty smelling basements or garages
  • Clear out Your Drain Gutters: Perform this task at the beginning of each rain season, or periodically throughout the year if you live in a consistently wet area
  • Build up a Dirt Perimeter: Use the law of gravity to your advantage and build up the dirt around your house so that water is flowing away from it
  • Fill in Your Holes: Fill in holes on your property with dirt to ensure proper water distribution and drainage
  • Determine Your Freeze Line: Install piping below the freeze line to ensure your system will still be draining through your release point – even if you see frost on the ground
  • Know Your Soil Type: Determine if you have clay (will roll into a snake form easily) or sandy soil to decide on the type of drainage system you should install
  • Mind the 10-Foot Radius Rule: Make sure you’re installing solid drainage pipe when you’re within a 10-foot radius of your home to hold in the water

Other information compiled for homeowners at NDS’s El Nino Resources webpage includes:

  • A free, downloadable infographic that details a set of El Nino readiness tips for homeowners
  • A list of the eight most common drainage problem areas, with links to educational videos at NDS’s “Home Drainage Center” that explain how to identify problems and fix them
  • Links to NDS’s “Dr. Drainage” YouTube series of instructional videos about how to use stormwater and drainage products
  • Links to NDS technical training materials and product specifications

NDS will continue its education campaign through Spring 2016. Its stormwater and drainage professionals will also be hosting a series of online webinars and presenting customer seminars in-store at its retail partners. For more information, visit

About NDS
NDS, Inc. manufactures and sells high-quality, innovative products that enable efficient management and utilization of one of the most valuable resources – water. Established in 1972 and headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calif., NDS is a leader in solutions for efficient stormwater management and drainage, landscape irrigation and water flow control for both residential homeowners and commercial markets. Its products are sold by retailers and wholesalers nationwide. For more information, visit

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