Managing storm water

Managing storm water

Storms mean many things, one of them is excess water everywhere. This also causes unsafe driving conditions on most surfaces. Storm water management becomes question after large storms in either below sea level areas and those with hilly and unpredictable terrain. Even unimproved road has major issues of pooling water, making it unclear how deep or wide a pot hole can be, causing major damage to vehicles if not noticed. But, what are some way to take care of managing this excess of water that falls from the sky? One way to deal with this problem, is through methods like permeable paving.

What is that

Like other means of paving, it fortifies the ground allowing for a smooth and stable surface to drive on. But, unlike traditional means of paving, such as asphalt or concrete that doesn’t absorb water all that well, which can lead to hydroplaning and skidding off road. Permeable roads, as in its name allows liquids to seep through and get soaked into the ground while keeping friction on the surface, ensuring a safer drive in these conditions.

How does it work

What makes this system different than other methods, is the base it uses to create a strong surface. Using plastic, a sheet is made that can house materials such as gravel or even grass. This allows the ground to absorb all the excess water and contain whatever the filler material together, in order to provide a stable pathway. Without the filler, the plastic sheet has an impressive weight baring and strength is increase significantly when paired with soil or gravel. Though this method is relatively new, the results with dealing with draining storm water has been quite successful since it time on the market, making it quite popular.

Where can I use it?

Though not as popular for major road ways as asphalt, this method really shines in all other pathways needs. For instance, some people live in areas that use unimproved roads, where the road is only dirt. And if you ever been on a dirt road after rain, its muddy and people get stuck all the time. Permeable paving can offer a cheap solution to fix these conditions. But, roads are not the only way you can use this method draining features. Drive ways and parking lots also can benefit, especially if you are expanding a preexisting one. Allowing you to use the surrounding area, whether it is grass, gravel or dirt. Walk ways and nature trails become a thing of year wide use, even in the rain seasons, giving you a stable pathway to your home or even a community use nature trail. The best thing about these systems is their life expectancy, lasting for decades and needing no maintenance even after years of storms.

If storm water is causing you grief and you’re looking for a solution. Permeable paving is a great way to solve this issue. With its durability and relatively low cost, there are few options that can do both.

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