Has your driveway or gravel road experienced a washout due to a recent heavy rain? If so, what can you do to repair the problem and prevent it from happening again?
Why the Washout?
If you’ve experienced a washout on your property it’s important to understand why it occurred in the first place. This understanding will help you prevent the problem from happening again in the future.
Heavy rains or floods can easily wash away loose gravel and other topsoil. A steady stream of water rushing across the driveway picks up and carries loose sediment leaving behind an unsightly and sometimes dangerous washout.
When excess water falls and has no where to go, it either pools or gets backed up in an existing drainage system and causes a flood, or it creates a make shift stream and flows down the nearest slope.
Prevention through Drainage
While we can’t control Mother Nature, we do have a say in where the excess water she leaves behind goes. Ensuring your driveway or gravel road has proper drainage is the first step towards preventing a washout.
Drainage ditches along the sides of the driveway or road provide a place for excess water to flow. Ditches direct the water to the sewer or another exit root such as a stream on the property. Drainage ditches, though they can be dressed up to fit into the landscape, should be kept free and clear to prevent water from pooling or backing up.
In some cases where a stream runs across the roadway, a culvert must be installed to allow the water to flow unobstructed. Installing the right culvert (size) makes all the difference during heavy rains or snow melt. The culvert needs to be large enough to allow enough water to flow through without getting backed up.
In other cases, drainage ditches are designed to empty water into the stream where it then flows through the culvert and away from the road to another body of water.
When the rain and flooding has gone, it’s time to repair the washout. Washouts are unsafe and can cause damage to vehicles low to ground when traveled over. Sometimes, a washout is so severe that a gaping hole has been left behind and there is no safe passage over or around it.
When this happens, it’s best to hire an experienced general contractor to come in and fix the issue. The contractor will assess the situation and haul in new materials (gravel, etc.) to repair the washout.
Having the work done by an experienced general contractor makes your driveway and roadway safe to travel on once again and helps to prevent future washouts. Your general contractor can identify and repair any drainage issues that may have caused the washout in the first place.
Washout Repair in Central Maine
Beaulieu Industries is an experienced general contractor servicing central Maine. Based out of Lewiston, we are here to repair your washouts and provide solutions to your other general contracting needs. Contact us today for a free site-evaluation and free estimate.
Always think safety first. Never drive through a flooded roadway because you never know if the road underneath has been washed away. Stop, turn around and take another route.
If you run into flooding along any roadway, follow these safety tips provided by the National Weather Service.