Stormwater drainage problems are a common headache among homeowners and business owners. Preventing the issue can save you a lot of worry and money in the long run. We have seen the simplest to the most complex dilemmas and compiled a list of reoccurring topics for you to be aware of.

1. Grading
Grading is the term describing the slope of your property, which can gradually change over time. Proper grading is a necessity when it comes to stormwater drainage. A well-graded property diverts water away from the foundation of the building and deters it properly to ensure positive drainage. This is not only for convenience, but the structure itself relies on it. Insuring your property is appropriately graded will solve most drainage related issues before they occur.

2. Erosion
Erosion is the gradual breakdown of sand, soil, or rock over time. The main cause of erosion is stormwater. Stormwater is directed to a safe outlet through a series of pipes and trenches. Over time, the element that once absorbed the stormwater is no longer there, causing major drainage issues and even more erosion. This problem can quickly become hard to controle if not dealt with punctually and correctly.

3. Clogged Drains
Clogged drains include both storm drains and inlets, as well as gutters and downspouts. Leaves, limbs, and debris can easily clog these fixtures, preventing rainwater from flowing through its intended path. This could eventually lead to water ponding, flooding, or even property damage.

4. Building Location
Building location plays a key role in determining suitable stormwater drainage systems. Placing a building at the bottom of a hill or valley is not ideal, but in some instances, it cannot be avoided. As rainwater deters downhill, major drainage problems may occur if not properly designed to handle the volume of water.

5. Soil
Drainage problems are worsened if the soil does not properly absorb or divert stormwater. The type, texture, permeability, and depth of the soil all must be considered when selecting which drainage system is suitable for the situation. A soil test is highly recommended to determine these key characteristics, which serve as a guide to design the drainage system.

Now that you know the most common issues property owners face, we hope you can prevent the stormwater drainage debacle. If you run across any obstacle along the way, give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist you in the process!