3 Tips to Prevent Facility Flooding from Heavy Rain or Snow

02/03/2017 |

Heaviland Landscape Management shared three reminders on what FMs can do to maintain landscape investment over time, especially in times of large occurrences of rain and snow 

Giving advice to property owners and facility managers, Heaviland Landscape Management illustrates important steps to take to maintain landscape investment during heavy rains, particularly in places like California, where rainfall this winter has helped the state dig out of a years-long drought and also during great snowfalls, specifically in the northern part of the U.S. where it turns into water in the spring months. 

“Appropriate stormwater management is necessary to help prevent flooding, erosion and structural property damage, which can lead to costly repairs,” says Rajan Brown, Vice President of Resource Management for Heaviland Landscape Management.

Heaviland Landscape Management suggests property managers use these tips to safeguard their landscaping and property in the event of heavy rain, snow and floods:

  1. Maintain storm drains and keep catch basins free of trash, sediment, roots and plant debris to allow for water to flow through drains instead of pooling around them. Installing straw wattles and/or rock borders around drains and V-ditches can help prevent sediment build up in drains.
  2. Keep brow ditches and V-ditches free of debris by regularly clearing drain outlets and weep-holes of sediment. Over-irrigation during dry times can cause erosion and sediment, and chemicals can build up.
  3. The most environmentally dangerous time for a property is during initial construction, while land is being cleared and graded. To protect these areas during heavy rainfall, install a silt fence or straw wattle around drains to create flow channels for stormwater to drain.

If landscape drains are clogged, Heaviland advises contacting a landscape management company as soon as possible to review the drainage issues and remove trapped sediment and debris to allow for rainwater to drain appropriately.

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