When Is the Best Time to Address Drainage Issues?
The best time to evaluate potential drainage issues is when the pavement is first constructed. Contractors need to know what is happening beneath the surface, and this means that they should evaluate the site for potential underground streams, hidden sinkholes, and other features that could affect the integrity of the pavement. There are many ways to correct subterranean drainage issues if they are identified before construction begins. After construction, issues can still be corrected, but the process will be more costly in both time and money. Similarly, construction is the best time to address potential issues with surface drainage. Depending on the particular problem and applicable local codes, this could involve the construction of a retaining wall, a channel to redirect runoff from nearby land, or a new storm drain. The contractor must also make sure that an adequate number of catch basins, trenches, or other elements are included in the design of the pavement. The grade and slope of the pavement must be calculated carefully and implemented correctly. It is also a good idea to include a gutter system and curbing to direct the water where it needs to go.
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