Water damage accounts for $11 billion in damages annually and is the second most filed insurance claim in the United States. The location of this home was unfavorable for inclement weather because it faced an uphill road and had another hill adjacent to the front of the house. This caused rain water to rush down the hill towards the front of the house and flood the front yard. The street drain could not accommodate the rush of water and debris quickly caused it to clog, allowing the runoff water to reach the property. The drain required constant monitoring and would elevate the flooding issues when it became blocked by leaf litter and other waste. The property’s ground pitch allowed water to stream down the hill adjacent to the house and instantly flood the driveway and basement, often sitting there for days.
A Reading Rock specification professional traveled to the home to personally evaluate the site and to find exactly where and why the problem was happening. After analyzing the site and developing a plan engineered to solve the flooding problem, the Reading Rock team member returned to the site on a rainy day to analyze how the water was flowing and how their idea could solve the problem. After witnessing all of this in person the team member was able to propose a multi-step solution to eliminate flooding and ponding of excess storm water.
It was understood that the non-absorbent asphalt driveway was adding to the extreme rain runoff so it was replaced with HydraBric permeable pavers. This product series drastically reduces flooding by providing storage under the surface of the pavers and allows water to filter through the soil directly on-site. The driveway was then expanded to include a sizable parking pad separating the front yard from the street. The extension to the driveway added room for additional parking and also prevented runoffs into the lawn that the storm drain could not contain. Permeability along the driveway pavers was further reinforced by placing river gravel behind the pavers. The gravel was installed to act as reassurance and has a large storage capacity in case some flood water might not dissipate through the pavers.
Lastly, a Europa Allan Block retaining wall was constructed alongside the home and driveway to prevents secondary runoffs from the hill running alongside the house. The retaining wall prevented flood waters from flowing down the hill onto the property and into the basement of the home.
A traditional way to solve this problem would consist of water
proofing the basement and adding water piping which would have been very expensive. The advised solution increased the home’s value . This
non-traditional solution was a money saver that provided the house with an updated and visually pleasing look. Expert planning, consulting and execution led to an aesthetically pleasing landscape that is now much more functional.