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If you have driven down a road or through a neighborhood after heavy rains or while snow is melting, you may have noticed standing water in yards or on the roads. This phenomenon is referred to as ponding. And if you see ponding happening, it isn’t a good thing.

When the water is standing on the ground like that, this means the soil can’t absorb it at the current time. That excess water will end up running into fields and streams, eroding the soil, and causing many other problems. To help avoid the problems that storm water causes, make sure you have an effective storm water management strategy.

Problems Created By Storm Water Runoff

When it rains or when the snow melts, typically the water just absorbs into the soil and then filters out appropriately. It can also flow into surrounding bodies of water. Intense rains and large volumes of melting snow are unable to do that. This overflow of water can trigger problems for property owners and drivers alike. This is why having a plan to manage this runoff is essential.

If the runoff is near a road or street, that street can flood. Standing water poses many dangers for drivers, including cars stalling or being swept away by the waters. Sometimes, with the driver still in the vehicle. Excessive standing water can also cause structural problems with the road itself, leading to sinkholes or a collapse of the road. At the very least, the soil around the road will end up covering the road once the water recedes.

This can cause continued headaches by making it nearly impossible to see the road and the road markings. The local or state government will have to take the time and money to replace the soil and grass that was washed away every time this type of flooding happens.

These excessive volumes of water cause headaches from an environmental standpoint as well. Storm water runoff that flows through your management system will have a chance to be filtered. Water that just flows into your system at a high rate of speed will not get the chance to be treated. This could lead to impurities, solid waste & garbage, and bacteria ending up in bodies of water or water supplies.

Excessive runoff also has a negative impact on bodies of water located downstream. The flooding that happened in your area can travel downstream and harm additional communities. The rush of water could also overflow the banks of the body of water or overload levee systems.

From a property owner standpoint, storm water runoff is an issue. Ponding in your yard will damage your grass and leave your soil as one big pile of mud. Standing water can also attract unwanted pests to your property such as mosquitos. The mud and the bugs can make your home unpleasant until the water is gone.

This overflow of water can create headaches for septic systems if the ponding is happening near your tank or drain field. Too much water could create trouble for your system, causing your septic tank to need pumping.

The Different Types Of Storm Water Management Systems

A well-managed storm water system can help local governments and homeowners keep bodies of water cleaner and prevent flooding in yards and on roadways. Here are some of the types of management systems that can be implemented to improve storm water management.

  • Underground infiltration trenches- this management technique can be found on smaller properties to help absorb storm water. They are surrounded by a highly permeable soil and lined with some type of aggregate, like course stones. They help hold water until it can safely pass into the ground.
  • Clean water catch basins- the nickname for these that the public is more familiar with is storm drains. These basins help collect water and filter out impurities like leaves and solid garbage.
  • Storm water cartridges and filters- these devices help filter out hydrocarbons and other impurities found in storm water. To determine which one works best for your particular situation, talk to a storm water professional.
  • Homeowners should also utilize management systems on and around their homes. Examples include gutters, rain barrels, rain gardens, and permeable pavement for driveways.

Trust All Septic & Sewer With Your Storm Water Management System

All Septic & Sewer has been serving the King, Thurston, and Pierce County areas for over a combined 20 years. Our team has the knowledge and experience to craft the storm water management system that works best for your property. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!

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