ALMOST ALL homes and accessory structures that are near or in a flood
zone have flood vents. There is nothing anyone can do about the
weather except plan for its intensity. There are several ways to help
prevent flooding from destroying a home, garage or accessory structure.
Any basement or crawlspace must have a drainage system. Any property
within 10’ of a waterway, storm drain, storm conveyance system or
property that is compromised will be mandated, to have flood-prevention
Flood vents are one commonly used in construction projects. There
are other products and applications that are used to help prevent
flooding. French drains are made with gravel or crushed stone and
accompanied by a filter mechanism to assist in drainage. Some
properties have drainage problems due to the topography of the property
even though they are not near any water source or conveyance system.
There is more than erecting a garage or other structure than just the
There are a host of applications that address drainage issues. Drain
tiles, check dams, inlets, vapor barriers, sand, parging techniques and
trenches are all used in a number of different situations. Some
properties require some of or all of these, in different combinations.
Each property and construction project is unique in some way. An
experienced builder should know to properly address all drainage issues
and develop a plan that will protect the garage or other structure from
Lateral displacement of any column, pier or girder is a risk that
must be addressed when building the foundation of a garage or home.
When earth is saturated with water and that water has force, the
foundation’s integrity can be affected negatively. Any new construction
building is also built to let water out, once it gets in. Flood vents
are designed to let water that has infiltrated a structure out. You
would think, wow, why aren’t homes, garages and accessory structures
built air-tight so that no water can ever get inside. This is because
the foundation itself is at risk of blow out from the force of the
An exceptional building contractor will have additional training with
regard to erosion and settlement control. Most building contractors do
not have formal training regarding earth protection and its effect on a
structure. This training is just as important as knowing how to
properly construct any structure.
Call H.W. Enterprises, Inc. at 757-595-4562 or 757-696-1927
to discuss your building project AND address your properties
characteristics. The owner is a State Certified Erosion and Settlement
Control INSPECTOR. We don’t work for the State of VA; we work for YOU
and your property’s needs. Visit us at: www.hwenterprisesinc.com. We will be happy to sit down with you, evaluate your property’s characteristics and develop a successful building plan.