With Growth Comes Change

As residential areas grow and land becomes increasingly developed, effective storm water management on individual properties becomes increasingly important. Rain water isn’t able to penetrate impervious surfaces such as roads, driveways, and concrete patios, causing it to run off in large volumes along the path of least resistance – often into your yard, garden, or basement. With a little planning, cost effective storm water management can be implemented.

Techniques we’ve used:

  • Extending Downspouts - As homes age, downspouts can become disconnected or fall into disrepair.

  • Soil Grading – Water flows downhill, so grading the soil around your home to move water away from the building can prevent water damage and leaks into basements.

  • French Drains - A french drain is an in-ground drain and pipe system that collects water from one area, re-distributing the excess to a preferred area. Such systems can be as simple or as complex as the homeowner needs, and can easily be modified over time, providing the client with a great deal of flexibility.

  • Bioswales - These are landscape elements that slow the rate of flow and remove debris and pollutants from surface run off, such as storm water, before it penetrates into groundwater supplies. Bioswales can be a beautiful and practical way to manage storm water on a property.

  • Rain Gardens – Often created with a mix of ornamental and native plants, rain gardens are an attractive and effective means of dealing with storm waters. Plants with healthy root systems hold soil in place, absorb excess moisture, and help to filter storm waters before they penetrate into groundwater.

Our Storm Water Management Selections

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