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Above Ground Stormwater Structure Maintenance in Washington, DC
Above ground structures can be highly effective when it comes to managing stormwater runoff. Most incorporate elements of landscape design, which often makes them aesthetically pleasing as well.
But they’re only as good if they are properly maintained. When vegetation, trash, or vermin overtake a structure, the structure quickly becomes ineffective. Want to make sure that your stormwater structure maintenance is done right?
As a family-owned business now in its 4th generation, we know what it takes to succeed: rigorous training and execution, diligence, and a dedication to customer satisfaction. We believe that we’re only as good as the last job we did. Call Magnolia Commercial Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to schedule an appointment or request an estimate.
Green infrastructure is necessary in getting the full benefit from stormwater management. This type of infrastructure imitates nature and captures water where it falls, utilizing plants, soils, scene plan, and designed procedures to hold, retain, and diminish contaminated stormwater runoff. Because of this, it can be an imperative mechanism for cities to address combined sewer floods and nutrient impairment. It provides many environmental, social, and financial benefits; aside from the benefit of water preservation, the aesthetic, value and surface water quality of the property are all enhanced as well.
Green infrastructure includes permeable pavements, rain gardens, bio-retention cells (or bioswales), vegetative swales, infiltration trenches, green roofs, planter boxes, rainwater harvesting (rain barrels or cisterns), rooftop (downspout) disconnection, and urban tree canopies.
Wet and Dry Ponds
Wet ponds maintain a pool of water throughout the year. As water moves from one end to the other, sediment is filtered out of the water, and excess nutrients can be consumed by plant life. Dry ponds are allowed to dry up over the course of the year, and while wet ponds may be more effective in removing a larger number of pollutants, dry ponds are also extremely common and less costly.
These are shallow, landscaped basins that allow stormwater to move through various processes of treatment. Everything from the grass and vegetation, to mulch and engineered soils, to the underdrain system below pea gravel has a function. As with ponds, they must be regularly maintained in order to function properly.
A ditch containing highly permeable soil, the infiltration trench is often installed beside roads and parking lot perimeters, though they should not be used near industrial areas. Like other stormwater structures, they not only need to be carefully installed, but also maintained.
Types of Maintenance
In general, maintenance tasks for above–ground structures can be divided into two categories: