How are you improving drainage?

Drainage encompasses more than just the yard. Storm water regulations dictate our construction methodologies. Every job is different.

Here in Clark County they are stricter than other municipalities regarding storm water regulations and enforcement. We don’t mind that we just would like consistency of what to do. It is very hard to budget the home when you are guessing and or waiting for what the approved plans will say.

The idea is to protect the watershed. We like that and take it seriously. Any water that runs off a building site must be clean or cleaner than the creek or river it eventually ends up in. Mitigation efforts like silt fences, hay, rock, cedar chip bags and drainage channels are all helpful in meeting storm water goals. Did you know that we have to keep a storm water log throughout the whole building cycle? No easy task.

We have really taking an interest in improving our rain gutter system. Part of storm water rules is to keep the rainwater on site. Let it drain into the ground as if no building exists. This requirement creates a need to have drywells. Think of a drywell as a trench or hole filled with rock. Any water from the roof needs to drain naturally into the ground of which the home sits. What is really important is to prevent debris from entering the drywell system. It all starts with the roof rain water. What we have found is a neat gutter and filter systems to allow the drywell system to work almost maintenance free. We love it and so do our clients. This year we are implementing the improved system as a standard to our building practices.

Next week some ideas we are implanting on improving our building envelope.

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