Many valley homes and homes that are close to streams and lakes suffer from water runoff problems. Storms can wreak havoc on new home buyers who failed to consider the geographic issues they might encounter. A homeowner may wake up after a heavy rain and find that their driveway is a foot deep in storm water or that the soil has turned to mud. These all have the potential to cause foundation problems below the home itself, if left untreated. In the cold weather, these cause additional problems from snow melt turning into slush and ice ponds that cause serious injuries and car accidents.
There is no one solution to water runoff problems. However, installing permeable pavement is one of the latest and greatest innovations in this field of storm water management. Permeable driveways can contribute to the value of your house in more ways than one. Some installations bolster the serenity of your landscape with attractive art deco designs.
In these applications, the stones are tightly fitted together and engineered to prevent the shifting and separation that typically affects stone driveways over time. This is because the strength and infiltration rates of the soil are first calculated to determine the optimal depth of the stone base. You are essentially creating a small aquifer that sucks the water into the earth, below the layers that it might affect the landscaping. These are very natural and eco-friendly alternatives to the tar and chemical treatments of blacktop. If you have your heart set on asphalt, you will benefit from installing the newest generation of asphalt applications that are water permeable. This asphalt does not have the blacktop sealing but is instead constructed to drain the water down into the aquifer.
Some of the older applications of loose stones and gravels may be a cost-effective alternative to blacktop or pavement. However, these surfaces are typically an issue when it comes to snowplowing and removal. They also may detract from the pomp and charm of your home by giving it that rustic backwoods appearance. When shopping for a Permeable Driveway Contractor, it is important that you find contractors who are willing to educate the local building bureau of the benefits and strategies involved in constructing these driveways. Otherwise, you may face arbitrary red tape in securing the proper permits and zoning approvals for deep digging.
One of the benefits for the municipality is the reduced need for storm water processing. Storm water that is not sucked into the groundwater aquifers is instead spread out over the land, running off into streams and storm drains, accumulating an abundance of toxic fertilizers and waste. Fertilizers cause toxic algae blooms in lakes, killing off the local fish and wildlife. Improving the water drainage on one property may encourage neighbors to opt for the same benefits, thereby leading to a greener and brighter future.
The vast array of benefits in using permeable pavement are impossible to explain in words. Peruse the many photos and videos of installations. Then, call your local contractor to discuss Permeable Pavement and You!