As a homeowner or property owner, you’re not only going to need to make sure that the interiors of your buildings are 100% protected from the outside elements presented by major storms – but you also need to make sure that you are able to quickly “dry out” after those natural catastrophes strike.
This is where the basic components in tenants of proper storm water management come into play, allowing you to enjoy a property that is protected no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
Hopefully by the time you’re reading this quick guide you’re able to better understand the basics of proper storm water management, maybe not to the level that professionals do but certainly more than enough to make the right decisions and higher the right experts to make sure that you are set up properly moving forward.
Let’s dive right in!
Why is basic storm water management so important in the first place?
Before we jump directly into the specific tactics, strategies, or techniques you’ll want to use when implementing storm water management solutions, it’s critical that you understand why basic and proper storm water management is so important in the first place.
Any time that an area experiences a lot of precipitation in a short period of time (whether that be heavy rainfall, snowmelt, or some combination of the two), it’s important that there is a plan and system in place to make sure that the runoff can be addressed right away.
The ground is only going to be able to soak up so much water over a specific period of time, and if you aren’t able to properly manage that precipitation your property could end up destroying – and dangerous situations could present themselves in a hurry!
With proper and basic storm water management you’re going to be able to:
• Dramatically reduce instances of or damage caused by flooding
• Boost the overall water quality of your property and neighborhood
• Eliminate or at least mitigate the impact that your property has on the surrounding environment
• Boost the health and safety of those on your property (humans as well as animals)
• Improve the longevity of the infrastructure that is already currently installed
Proper site work before construction is everything
In an ideal world, you’re going to be able to have some sort of say in the storm water management solutions that get built right into your property before the foundation is laid.Proper site work can effectively manage and mitigate almost all of the runoff issues or storm water issues that you would have had to deal with in the future (outside of freaks of nature storms and the like).
Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible – but given the opportunity, you’re going to want to spend a considerable amount of your time focusing on site work above all else.
Hope for the best, but plan for Mother Nature’s worst
Secondly, you’re going to want to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to hope for a best case scenario but plan and design your storm water management systems and solutions around the worst that Mother Nature can do.
You’re going to want to look at the historical levels of precipitation that your area gets on an annual basis, and also look closely at the way that recent years have been trending in the precipitation department. This will give you at least some sort of baseline to operate from, a solid foundation that you can begin creating your eat effective storm water management solutions off of.Calculate runoff and then add a buffer zone
Once you have the information recommended above, you’re going to be able to quickly (and somewhat accurately – though it isn’t going to ever be picture-perfect) calculate runoff rates, precipitation rates, and a number of other key factors that will determine and dictate the storm water management solution you install.
Not only are you going to want to look at the hard numbers that you have researched already, but you’re also going to want to look very, very closely at adding some type of buffer zone that goes above and well beyond whatever you expect or anticipate dealing with just to be safe.
Smart storm water management is not just about tackling all of the issues at hand, but also making sure that you can prevent catastrophes from occurring in the future if at all possible.
Always try to redirect with natural resources if at all possible
If you have the opportunity to use all natural resources, earth-based redirection systems, natural aqueducts, or any other all-natural storm management options you should look to leverage them before installing man-made products on your property.
Sure, sometimes it is cost-effective to go with the storm water management products engineered by companies across the globe – but what about the cost that you are inflicting on the environment?
The Green Movement is in full swing for a real reason, and if you have the chance to somehow eliminate or at least manage your environmental footprint while protecting your property from extra precipitation, runoff, and storm damage you have an ethical responsibility to do so!
Take advantage of storm water with new technology
This is not to suggest that you should abandon new tools and technologies that allow you to make the most out of storm water.
Graywater systems in particular can boost your energy efficiency and eliminate a considerable amount of the resources that you consume on a day to day basis at the same time – almost exclusively running off of the storm water that you can capture, contain, and utilize with the help of properly installed storm water management tools and technologies.
That the only system that you should look into, but it’s certainly one of the most important!
Hire experts to engineer, design, develop, and install storm water management solutions
Lastly, you should always look to lean on professional experts to help you create the kind of storm water management solutions you can trust and rely on for years and years to come. This is a rapidly expanding and advancing field and industry, with new solutions, ways of doing things, and unique approaches popping up all the time.
Without their help and expertise, you may not end up taking advantage of all the opportunities presented to you. Hire the right experts in the first place!