Tips on How to Manage Residential Storm Water

For property owners everywhere one of the worst nightmares you can possibly encounter is the damaging consequence of bad weather. Amid the elements it’s water that is potentially the worst culprit for wreaking havoc on structures, causing them to degrade and deprecate in extreme circumstances.

That’s why Stormwater Management is so important. Neglect the runoff water that can damage your property and you might also encounter situations with soil erosion of your garden and other areas too.


The good news is there are a couple of things you can do to prevent it. The following tips explain how.

Manage Rainwater That Runs Off Your Roof

Managing the rainwater that runs off your roof will help reduce ground erosion in your garden as well preventing any damage to lower parts of the structure. You can manage rainwater this way by making sure you install storm gutters on your home’s roof to help soften the problem of heavy rain.

Once installed, make sure that you check them frequently to ensure they’re not blocked with debris that can lead to problems with flow.

Gutters can also help direct the water to areas of your property that can better absorb water. A well-placed trench filled with gravel can also have a similar impact.

Manage Rainwater

Better Choice of Paving

Choosing to use impervious paved materials in place of concrete can also go a long way to dampening the effects of storm water. Such materials can help reduce the quantity of standing water collecting around your property and help it better soak into the ground.

Gaps left between boards and bricks in the design of decking and walkways can also help with this.

Also keep in mind that when you reduce standing water you’ll also reduce problems associated with mosquitos.

Plant Beds

Soil can be shifted and eroded as a result of strong winds and heavy rain. Water that doesn’t soak into the ground can cause a string of problems to a property, not just by reducing nutrients in soil but also causing other materials to degrade and break down.

Planting flowerbeds in areas where water is likely to build up around your property is a key way to reduce this problem. Plants low to the ground, that grow all season, will help absorb excess water but can also prove even more effective when placed in combination with garden matting and mulching.

Plant Beds

Bark and wood chippings can be used for mulching and will help stabilize soil and prevent wind and rain from washing it away and otherwise cause further damage to the surrounding areas of a home.

Barrels and Gardens

Another solution that can help with storm water management is to use rain barrels to help in the collection of rainwater. The water collected inside of these containers can then later be used for home gardening and maintenance.

Rain gardens are another effective way of capturing extra water from a driveway. They are built by forming small depressions in the ground that help rainwater absorb into the earth below.