When building a home in Western North Carolina, it is crucial to consider the flow of water on your lot of land. With the culmination of mountains in this region, many homes are constructed on slopes. Here at NC Grading & Excavating, we have the expertise to tackle a variety of construction projects, but today we want to speak to you about water diversion.
What is Water diversion?
Water diversion, in its purest form, is redirecting the flow of water from its natural path to a new one.
For example, many of us have taken a water hose outside and created a “river” to play in during the summer months as children. When left alone, kids will eventually begin building dams to see what happens and change the direction that the water flows. This is a perfect example of water diversion.
Why is water diversion important?
As water flows, it creates erosion of the soil, which can weaken the foundations of structures. The movement of earth can also gather against a home or structure and create undue pressure. Erosion and the accumulation of soil can quickly become a nightmare for your foundation.
Construction of any building is an investment of both monetary value and time, and no one wants to have that literally washed away.
The Solution for Slopes-Retaining Walls
As we stated with the influx of homes being built in the greater Asheville area on steep slopes, the need for the creation of retaining walls rises.
A retaining wall can be built during the construction of a home to control water runoff and hold soil in place. Another way of understanding how a retaining wall works is to think of it as a dam for solid runoff that also pushes water away from a structure.
Benefits of a Retaining Wall
The purpose of a retaining wall is to provide functional support for loose soil that would otherwise travel with rain runoff. Thus, helping with flooding and landslides, preventing damage to your property. They also deter sinkholes from happening, which could destroy a home or foundation.
However, retaining walls do not have to be unsightly as they can be customized by your contractor from a variety of materials. Furthermore, they prevent the eyesore of dirt piles and hills of silt that can build up. Plus, you can fill your retaining wall with nutrient-rich dirt to plant your choice of vegetation for your aesthetic tastes.
Other Water Diversion Solutions
Nevertheless, controlling the flow of water on your land can not be left up to a retaining wall alone. Although a wall will hold back dirt and silt, it still needs to drain, or it will fail given time. That is why it is essential to work with your contractor on creating a drainage solution for your wall and land.
You may also need to create ditches and culverts to assist in adequately diverting water away from structures. Once trees and other vegetation have been removed from a site, erosion does become a significant factor and should not be ignored.
Even before all has been cleared, there are areas locally that are prone to landslides. Working with a professional contractor who has the expertise and knowledge in grading, excavating, and construction is crucial.
NC Grading & Excavating offers an assortment of solutions to meet all your building and land clearing needs. We are a locally owned company that values honesty and integrity. Our prices are competitive, and our commitment to you is to give you outstanding results. Contact us today for a free estimate and let us take care of your project from clearing your land to protecting your structures.