Is there legislation covering surface drainage?
Surface water flooding is a huge risk for many households and property owners in the UK, affecting anything from the day-to-day running of businesses to the costs of managing a home, especially if any damage is caused.
Unfortunately, surface water flooding is a growing problem, so it’s vital that we ensure the risks are minimised, whether looking at existing infrastructure or new developments.
Government legislation covers a variety of areas in this arena, including the need for adequate rainwater drainage from paved areas around a building, as outlined in Approved Document H.
How do you ensure good drainage when laying a surface?
While it may seem like a simple option, channelling excess water towards public drains isn’t always the answer. Most surfaces will need to be laid in such a way that rainwater can be absorbed into the ground near to where it falls.
When you use a reputable contractor, they will use various means to ensure good surface drainage. For example, this may include surfacing a driveway or patio with a slight gradient if the water can be directed towards a good collection point, such as a grassy area.
Another common option is to use a permeable material for the application. A good example is a gravel driveway, where rainwater can still absorb into the ground.
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