The Importance of Engineering Drainage Plans

The Importance of Engineering Drainage Plans

June 15, 2021

Are you in the process of planning a new subdivision or residential community in Guadalupe County, TX? There are plenty of things to consider when you’re building a new housing development from scratch, and one of those is engineering drainage. While it takes years of expertise to know the ins and outs of drainage plans, you should get to know the basics about why you need one. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of draining plans.

Drainage plans and site grading

Creating a drainage plan requires the execution of a site grading program. By properly grading the area of your subdivision, you’ll ensure precipitation and rainwater flow away from all homes in the development. Once a drainage plan has been established, excavators will grade the site according to specifications. A good drainage plan will prevent water and moisture damage from harming the structures in your subdivision. It also promotes the health of the environment, since improper drainage and water runoff can create erosion.

Protecting health

Good drainage is good for the health of residents in your new community. Without proper drainage, water can collect after a heavy rainfall, and during particularly strong storms, the pipes and sewers can even back up or overflow. This is obviously a situation homeowners will never want to experience, since it exposes them to germs and microorganisms that can make them sick.

Another problem caused by poor drainage is increased condensation. Damp environments are the perfect place for mold and mildew to grow, which directly impacts the health of everyone living nearby. A proper drainage plan accounts for extreme weather situations so water never pools and pipes never back up, keeping drainage systems clear and protecting the health of everyone in your community.

Protecting property values

A comprehensively engineered drainage plan will protect the property values for residents of your new Guadalupe County, TX community. Regular home insurance doesn’t cover flood damage—homeowners in flood-prone areas have to buy a separate policy if they want this type of protection for their property and its contents. These policies are often costly and don’t provide the level of coverage that homeowners need to be fully protected, not to mention there’s usually a waiting period of several months for reimbursement if flooding does occur.

Although civil engineers can’t predict the weather, they have a general idea of flooding considerations in certain areas. They can help you design subdivisions and housing developments that reduce risk of flooding by providing a thorough drainage plan that’s engineered for maximum runoff efficiency. Not only does this help homeowners in your development save money, but it also makes the homes more valuable.

Whether you’re planning to build a new apartment complex or a subdivision in Guadalupe County, TX, you can’t overestimate the importance of drainage plans. Always work with experienced civil engineers who have a record of success developing plans for a wide variety of clients. Get in touch with Bettersworth & Associates, Inc. today to learn more about the benefits of investing in a comprehensive drainage plan for your building project.

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