Homeowner Practices, Tips, and Information

Only Rain in the Drain - Report Illegal Non-stormwater Discharges

Drainage Maintenance

Development projects are designed with specific drainage patterns. Homeowners should maintain and not interfere with any planned drainage patterns. For a short write-up about drainage disputes in Horry County, click here.
Easements and Encroachments
Drainage easements are put in place to maintain drainage infrastructure, some of which may be underground. Drainage easements may be public or private and afford the easement holder the right to access and repair or maintain drainage infrastructure. The landowner maintains ownership of the property. The size of an easement is determined by the type of infrastructure within the easement and the type of equipment or materials that may be needed to fix a problem. For more information about drainage easements, click here. Encroachments into an easement may interfere with easement access and must be specifically permitted by the easement holder. If you would like to do some work in a easement assigned to the county as a public easement, click here for an Horry County encroachment permit form.

Septic System Operation and Maintenance
Many homes in Horry County use a septic system for household wastewater disposal. In South Carolina, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control regulates the installation and operation of septic systems.

To prevent pollution of nearby waterways and sewage backups, it is important to ensure that septic systems are operating properly. Most septic systems need to be pumped out every 2-5 years. For more information about proper installation, operation and maintenance of septic systems, please see the following links.

SC Department of Health and Environmental Control - Septic Tanks
US Environmental Protection Agency - Septic Systems

Nuisance Wildlife

Nuisance Wildlife Removal - SC DNR
Feral Hog Management - SC DNR
Beaver Management and Control - SC DNR
Beaver Control for Landowners - SC DNR
Canada Goose Information and Control Permit - SC DNR
Island Applesnail - Flyer Alert

 Educational Resources 

Stormwater Education in Northeastern South Carolina - Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium
Carolina Yards Program- Clemson Extension
Carolina Rain Garden Initiative - Clemson Extension
Stormwater Pond Management
Home and Garden Information Center - Clemson Extension

Environmental Monitoring

Low Impact Development Atlas for SC

Do's and Don'ts

  • Do keep ditches and swales clear of debris, yard waste, and trash
  • Do keep storm drains free of leaves and other blockages
  • Don't install sheds, fences, landscaping, or other structures in drainage easements, drainage swales or ditches, or around storm drains
  • Don't regrade yards in a way that blocks drainage swales or ditches
  • Don't place wire or other barriers over the ends of pipes as this may cause a debris trap
  • Don't dispose of paint, oil, grease, chemicals or other wastes in storm drains - it is not treated before it drains to streams, rivers or the ocean
  • Don't connect septic tanks, washing machines, or other plumbing to the drainage system, including ditches
  • Do report any drainage problem or illegal discharge to the Horry County Road and Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000.