Due to proliferating driveway scammers, many residents get fooled by accepting substandard driveway installation.
One of the major problems of driveway clients is that their money is put to waste when they hire bogus driveway companies, pretending to be legit providers but turning out to be fake using fictitious names.
As a result, the newly installed driveway has lots of problems and is not ready for heavy rains, just as what happened to the recent pavement tarmac scamming.
If you were one of the victims of paving scammers, be aware of your driveway integrity. A poorly installed driveway will cause flooding and leave you helpless when the storm arrives.
Read on to learn how to protect your property from driveway flooding.
Initial steps to find the cause of flooding
Flooding will cause severe damage to your driveway if not given a solution to it. Save your driveway by adopting the following tips on flooding.
- Find the source of water.
- Redirect the water flow to a more effective drainage system.
- Check gutters and downspouts. It is important to note that the terminal of the water coming from the downspouts is directed to the street and then to the main sewage.
- Dig additional ditches to create a runoff if you think that’s the best path to the water flow.
- Replace the driveway with more permeable paving.
What happens when your driveway’s slope cause flooding?
A driveway that creates a pool of water results in problems with the integrity of the surface.
- Poor water runoff contributes to frequent flooding that can extend to your front door
- Ponds are a breeding site for insects
- Flood softens the paving of the driveway
- Will give you a slippery driveway
- Will decrease your home’s reselling value
Follow these tips to prevent driveway flooding
- Redirect the water flow
- If you can find the cause of flooding, build a different path for water to flow. Wait for the rain and see if the diversion worked.
- If you notice the problem comes from the sloping of the driveway, then the path is not the problem. You need the help of a driveway builder to fix the surface levelling.
- Check the gutter and the downspout. If the water drops from a damaged gutter, it means the water does not fully flow to the downspout. Have your drain fixed to prevent the leak.
- But if the gutter is working fine, try to extend your downspout pipe that will lead the water to a proper drainage system.
- Avoid diverting the water runoff to another property or to the street. With proper channelling, you can prevent the driveway from damage and save yourself from local city fines.
- Install a new drain
Most drainage systems are overused due to frequent flooding. You know how powerful water is that it will soon give away when it drenched a certain implement. Apart from wear and tear, your drainage could be overly clogged and old.
- Have your driveway builder create a trench drain in your landscape for effective de-flooding.
- Ensure the path is sloped downward to the street to prevent the water from entering the centre pavement. Lead the trench to the drainage point or a dry well.
- For effective water runoff, install a French drain and a dry well as its endpoint to ensure the soil absorbs the collected water from the heavy rain.
A French drain is an effective method in preventing flooding for areas that rain frequently. Install the French drain to a location you think most of the water drips off. This drain is built by digging a long trench that goes towards the dry well. It has a perforated pipe to percolate the water that drips down from the soil.
Before laying the pipe, place a geo-fabric for separating dirt from water that goes into the pipe.
Rebuild your driveway with a new paving
The most common problem of flooding is due to a non-permeable surface of the driveway. A permeable surface is one with a soil base.
Materials like concrete collect standing water because the concrete is compact and less porous than block paving, tarmac, or gravel.
Even though the changing of the driveway surface is costly and labour intensive, having a flood-free driveway will let you enjoy it more. The driveway contractor you hire can also help you with planning permission if a requirement comes up.
Gravel and tarmacadam are suitable surfaces against flooding. The flood water will naturally flow down in between the gravel particles. The ground will absorb the water fast and will prevent standing water on the surface.
With these tips, you have the option to do it by yourself if you have the necessary tools and equipment. But we highly suggest having someone expert in driveways do the job so they can assess beforehand what to fix.
If you need to talk to licensed driveway contractors, you can contact Bristol Driveway and Patio Pro. They are ready to help.
Call our representatives or send your queries through the websites to take immediate action for your driveway flooding issue.