One of the most important considerations to having any exterior construction project come out right is to have the proper drainage. Getting the water away from your project will ensure that the finished product is safe and lasts as long as possible. If you do not have good drainage you will have to readdress the drainage later and will have to pay to have work redone. Accomplishing this can be done in one of two ways:
- Grading- This is the preferred way to direct the water and as it sounds it is sloping the finished grade so that water runs away from your improvements. When grading is used there is no maintenance, and nothing to fail. A minimum pitch of 2% is suggested, which means over a ten foot distance the grade would drop just under two and a half inches. When grading to divert water off your driveway or property it is important to remember that you can not redirect water on your neighbors that did not go there already, and you cannot channel the water to one location.
- Engineering- This consists of calculating the volume of water that has to be diverted and specifying the size of catch basins, manholes, pipe and pitch of the pipe so water can be directed away from your improvements. For engineered drainage systems to work properly they have to be maintained and can be subject to failure as they age.
We have years of experience solving difficult drainage issues, give us a call @ (203) 943-0584 to make your drainage problems disappear. As always we welcome your thoughts and comments.