There’s a lot to love about living in Pennsylvania, but the climate does have its drawbacks from time to time. Cycles of freezing and thawing can take a toll on your driveway. Pennsylvania is also known for heavy seasonal rainfall, which plays its own role in damaging pavement over time. Standing water compounds these issues, but fortunately, the effects can be lessened by proper drainage. Choosing an effective drainage solution can go a long way in extending the life of your driveway.
Of the common materials used to pave driveways, asphalt is the superior choice where stormwater management is concerned. The porous surface allows water to drain naturally through the base and into the ground underneath. Even so, there are ways to make your driveway drainage more efficient — and the crew at CMI Paving is here to provide the solutions you need.
One of the best ways to divert stormwater from your asphalt driveway is to create a gradual slope during installation. The highest point of the driveway should be in the center so water can run off of the pavement on either side. It’s also ideal to create a slope that will allow the water to flow away from your home.
By installing pavement with a gentle slope, you can prevent standing water from gathering and causing structural damage to the base of your driveway.
While a sloping driveway drainage solution can go a long way, further intervention is sometimes necessary. The geography of your property might not allow water to be effectively diverted in this way. If this is the case for your driveway, you might want to look into another drainage solution such as a catch basin.
A catch basin is an underground drainage system that is typically situated at a low point of your driveway where stormwater would usually pool. Instead, the catch basin drains the water and diverts it elsewhere.
The truth is that every driveway is different and there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all drainage solution. That being said, the experienced crew at CMI Paving is here to help you find a solution that works for you. Whether you need a new driveway base that is more permeable or a top layer with a gradual slope to facilitate runoff, we’re fully equipped to diagnose the problem, offer a professional recommendation and perform the necessary work.
As a local company that has been in business for more than 40 years, CMI Paving is Central Pennsylvania’s trusted provider for residential driveway solutions. We’re proud to serve homeowners in Harrisburg, Hershey, Mechanicsburg and beyond with the stormwater management solutions they need to protect their homes.
Reach out to us today so our team of seasoned paving experts can start to create a custom driveway drainage solution for your specific needs. Give us a call at (717) 774-6565 or fill out our online contact form. We’ll be in touch shortly to discuss the details and schedule an estimate appointment for your next project.