Username:   Remember Me

Uber Articles {Über (ger) adj. above, beyond }

- Above and Beyond a Mere Article Directory


Drainage Solutions are Important

By Joan Jaynes

Property owners and those responsible for municipal areas are right to be cautious about floods. Too much water in areas that cannot handle it (because they are overflowing or because they were never intended to be exposed to water) is the deceptively simple definition of a flood. And whether due to the weather or some form of human infrastructural failing (such as a water main break), the end result of flooding is rarely pretty.

Flood waters can really take their toll. Water damage to buildings is bad enough (as it may compromise the structural integrity over the short or long term). The knock-on effects of flooding can be just as bad – and quite pernicious, particularly for city dwellers. Floods can carry sewage and other serious contaminants into the streets and buildings, compromising local drinking water and therefore human health. Hurricane Katrina’s effects on the city of New Orleans are a prime example of the dangers.

Water cannot be allowed to flow in an uncontrolled manner near human dwellings. It has to be properly channeled – especially when there is more than normal. Drainage is the key – the capacity to get rid of any excess fast enough to prevent flooding. Many engineers and planners have exerted tremendous efforts in order to look ahead and be prepared. The Thames Barrier in the UK prevents swelling ocean tides from impacting London. The massive Delta Works project in the Netherlands is an even more impressive effort to prevent widespread damage from North Sea-based flood dangers.

It should be clear that Drainage Solutions are the key to avoiding flood damage. Proper drainage keeps water out of areas it should not flow. This may include handling contamination situations through the use of treatment options (or containment). Planning is required – in particular, planning for the worst, with proper redundancies in case something fails unexpectedly.

Drainage systems may be built from reinforced concrete pipe or HDPE Pipe, both of which are strong and dependable. Corrugated steel pipe is also used, particularly in situations where its lighter weight and ease of installation and transport prove advantageous. Cost may also be a factor.

Computer modeling of flood dangers is a growing field, one that promises to better measure responses to actual vulnerabilities. If materials and effort can be better directed and more judiciously applied, more human suffering can be prevented (and at a lower cost) than “over-engineering” a solution.

Anyone responsible for drainage solutions or flood prevention planning should consult with an experienced company when it comes time to examine the products that might be used. The more options that can be considered under one “umbrella,” the more likely that the right solution can be had – for the right price.

Joan Jaynes is a freelance Internet journalist who focuses on the construction industry and related issues. She has a particular interest in the various types of Drainage Solutions. This includes products such as HDPE Pipe.

Article kindly provided by

Topics: Home Improvement | Comments Off

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Article Citation
MLA Style Citation:
Jaynes, Joan "Drainage Solutions are Important." Drainage Solutions are Important. 10 Apr. 2013. 16 Sep 2014 <>.

APA Style Citation:
Jaynes, J (2013, April 10). Drainage Solutions are Important. Retrieved September 16, 2014, from

Chicago Style Citation:
Jaynes, Joan "Drainage Solutions are Important"

Reprint Rights

Creative Commons License
This article is subject to a revocable license under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License, which means you may freely reprint it, in its entirety, provided you include the author's resource box along with LIVE VISIBLE links (without "nofollow" tags). We may revoke the license at any time with or without cause. You must also include the credit to

Comments are closed.

Uber Articles and its partner sites cannot be held responsible for either the content nor the originality of any articles. If you believe the article has been stolen from you without your permission, please contact us and we will remove it immediately. If you have a problem with the accuracy or otherwise of the content of an article, please contact the author, not us! Also, please remember that any opinions and ideas presented in any of the articles are those of the author and cannot be taken to represent the opinions of Uber Articles. All articles are provided for informational purposes only. None of them should be relied upon for medical, psychological, financial, legal, or other professional advice. If you need professional advice, see a professional. We cannot be held responsible for any use or misuse you make of the articles, nor can we be held responsible for any claims for earnings, cures, or other results that the article might make.
  • RSS Feed

    RSS for Home Improvement

  • Plugin UAW into your sites and start receiving fresh, unique and niche relevant content today and everyday!