What to Do When You’re Building Site Floods

February 25, 2019

What Do You Do When Your Building SIte Floods?

Let’s face it – we’ve seen a lot of rain in North Georgia this Fall and Winter. It’s essential to pay attention to flash flood warnings in your local community or while driving, but heavy rainstorms can lead to flooding on your construction site, too. This type of flooding – if not adequately planned for – can severely impact your construction schedule.

Improper drainage and faulty connections to temporary drainage systems can lead to a build-up of debris, mud and silt overflowing on the site, ruining your building project, damaging equipment and it can even lead to pollution issues in severe cases.

Construction site managers need to plan to have a drainage system in place. Preparing for rainfall is obvious, but don’t forget about other issues such as rising groundwater that can hamper your project.

There are a couple of things to take into consideration when planning a drainage system. First off, anticipate where the water will be moved to when it becomes necessary to drain the area. Many times, your construction site won’t have a storm sewer located conveniently nearby. This means the water that you extract needs to sent elsewhere, or it can erode the surrounding soil. Try to avoid discharging water onto sloped areas as this can lead to swift erosion of your construction site.

The next step is to research local environmental legislation. It is possible that the water you are removing contains certain sediments or contaminants that need to be eliminated before discharge.

The final step is to get the water away from your site. Quality pumping equipment will be the machinery you need to get the water away from your building project. We can help. Talisman Rentals locations in Canton and Marietta offer a range of pumps to suit almost any situation. Contact us to rent a pump today. And check out our selection here.