If you have a gravel driveway and you’re noticing that it’s prone to water logging and flooding, you should know that there are ways to fix these problems. If you don’t fix it, other elements of your property, such as plants and soil, may be negatively impacted. As well, water damage may extend to your home, depending on the placement of the driveway.
Today, we want to share some practical tips on stopping the issues and enjoying a drier driveway.
First, you’ll need to think in terms of short-term solutions and long-term solutions. Decide which one is best for you. To help you make a smart decision, we’re going to share information about both types of solutions.
Fix Your Gravel Driveway, Short-term Style
Your flooded or waterlogged driveway may have caused problems, by triggering water accumulation elsewhere. We recommend surveying the area around your driveway and doing some simple inspection and clean-up.
After a big rain or flood, you should pick up debris that’s accumulated. Doing so will help to stop blockages of drainage systems and coverage of soil surfaces. Also, you should try not to trample waterlogged or flooded soil around your gravel driveway. It’s better to wait and give it some time to recover from the excess water.
If you do walk on it, you’ll squish it down and make everything worse. After you pick up debris, make a point of removing shoots which are damaged from any plants which are close by.
Now that you’ve repaired any damage around the driveway, it’s time to think about long-term solutions. Otherwise, you’re going to have to deal with the negative aftereffects of a flooded or waterlogged driveway in the future. It’s easier to think about how your gravel driveway was made in the first place and consider structural issues which may be triggering problems.
For example, it may not have an incline which allows for optimal water run-off. As well, it may not have the right underlayer or its existing underlayer may be damaged.
If you don’t have an underlayer, you should know that adding one will help a lot. It’s worth gathering gravel and then putting an underlayer in place. The best underlayers are plastic paving grids. They are super-strong, yet very permeable, and they also deter weeds. If you’ve never heard of these types of plastic paving grids, you should know that they are the most modern way to improve drainage and generally improve the quality and performance of your gravel driveway.
Long-term Solutions Work Wonders
Permeable paving grids made from high-tech plastics are light in weight, yet add tons of strength to gravel driveways. As well, they are versatile. For example, they may be filled with grass or gravel and they are re-usable.
If you want a new or upgraded underlayer which supports better drainage, you should definitely consider these grids. Also, consider changing the slope of your driveway, in case the current slope is triggering waterlogging or flooding. If you aren’t too handy, we recommend getting a contractor to inspect your driveway and recommend changes. The contractor will be able to create the right slope and place the underlayer for you. He or she will smooth the gravel over the underlayer and you’ll finally have a great driveway which is designed to resist waterlogging and flooding.
Prevention is the Best Strategy
If you are planning on building a new driveway, you may want to avoid water logging and flooding from the outset. This is very smart. Just take more care with design. Consider finding an area which has a bit of a slope, so that water will run off instead of pooling on a flat surface. Also, choose the right underlayer and be sure that you dig out enough topsoil before you put the underlayer in and then cover it with layers of gravel.
Good design is the key to getting a gravel driveway which doesn’t become waterlogged or flooded. With this in mind, be sure to check out design options online, whether you’re going to hire a contractor or do things yourself. As long as you consider water and what it may do while you’re coming up with a design or approving a contractor’s design, you will be on the right track.
Some people skip the underlayer and then regret it later on. They cut corners when they shouldn’t. A permeable underlayer is a good investment and this type of plastic paving grid is affordable and easy to order online.
Hopefully, this advice has been helpful. It’s possible to change things for the better.
If you’re good at things like that, you may change the slope of your gravel driveway yourself, by doing a bit of digging or by moving the gravel to another place. It is possible to move your driveway to a place with a better slope which allows water to run off.
About Fergus @MatsGrids
MatsGrids are suppliers of Ground reinforcement systems, grass reinforcement and protection mesh for domestic and commercial landscaping projects. Our business mission is to become the UK’s leading supplier of ground works, civils and landscaping products. Over the last few years, our company has grown to become one of the UK’s most reputable suppliers to these sectors and today we supply our range of products to thousands of businesses and end users within the UK and overseas.