As a society, we expect weather to change, storms to vary in severity and damage to be done at some point or another as a result. Engineers dedicate their lives to preparing urban environments for the everyday storms as well as the bad ones that only happen every couple of decades. But regardless of how well a city or town is planned out and managed, our personal, private property is often left for us to take care of. For example, if we live near a creek that occasionally swells to quadruple its normal size, we’re expected to be our own advocates and prepare for the worst, which we don’t always do.
Part of the reason for being caught unaware is the fact that many people don’t understand storms. With that in mind, let’s look at the importance of storm water management, how storm water works and how it can damage property and homes.
Current and erosion
Water is one of the most powerful forces on earth. It takes only a foot of moving water to sweep a mid-sized car away, and only two to three feet to move a heavy truck.
That being said, it isn’t difficult to see how this force could cause serious damage to structures or soil formations in its path. When a strong current comes up against a solid, immovable object like a concrete foundation, the water begins to curl into itself and deflect around the object. Eventually, this friction will begin to undercut the concrete and structural integrity will be compromised. Soil is not hard for water to move, and without protections there’s no telling how much damage will be done.
A major threat to property during storm water events is any large object that can be swept away by a strong current. While you might think your neighbor’s shed is too heavy for water to move, just wait and see what a serious flood can do. That small but heavy structure can become a floating battering ram in no time at all. Fallen trees and other debris are also a concern. Tree limbs are notorious for damaging sewer infrastructure, houses and vehicles during substantial weather events. They can also cause significant damage to soils and speed the effects of erosion.
Protecting yourself from these issues
Without a clear picture of the risks, it can be difficult to protect your home and property from large storms and the powerful effects of water. Luckily, creeks and banks can be lined with cable concrete mats and weak soil can be shored up just in case. If you suspect your property might be at risk for flooding and the damage that comes with it, don’t wait until it’s too late to act.
Make sure your property is ready to stand up to wild winter rainstorms and any other time when excess water is likely to make an appearance. For the most effective storm water management solutions, contact the team at International Erosion Control Systems, Inc. We offer cable concrete mat installation services for all your temporary and permanent soil erosion needs.