With the large amount of late winter snow received this year we are sure to be in for a significant snow melt this spring. Please be aware of potentially adverse effects drainage patterns at your property this spring.
With the large amount of late winter snow received this year, we are sure to be in for a significant snow melt this spring. Please be aware of potentially adverse effects drainage patterns at your property this spring. There are a few simple measures everyone can take to ensure that both their and neighboring properties are at risk.
Water should be directed away from structures and off the property by means of proper grading as much as possible. Proper grading provides a gradual slope away from structures in all directions. A gradual slope prevents soil erosion and pooling of water on properties. Little can be done now, with the ground still frozen, to correct grading deficiencies; however there are still preventative steps that can be taken.
An additional measure, to ensure adequate drainage at properties, is providing downspouts when possible and extensions if needed. It may also be necessary to create channels in the snow for water to flow through. These are a cheap and effective way of directing melt water from roof and gutters away from structures. Please ensure that all downspouts and extensions are directed entirely onto your property. Water shall not be cast directly onto public streets, sidewalks, or neighboring properties.
If you would like more information regarding drainage on or near your property please contact Rachel Banasiak in Apple Valley Engineering at 952.953.2463.