Groundworks & Drainage
Choosing An Excellent Groundworks Contractor
The term “groundworks” covers a wide range of job descriptions. Its definition could vary depending on whom you ask. For the most part, groundwork refers to jobs such as bulk earthworks, drainage, foundations, site enabling works, hard landscaping works, etc.
When you need something surfaced with black top, you get in touch with your friendly neighbourhood groundworks contractor. When you have an expanse of concrete that needs to be reinforced, speed humps to install, a patch of ground to be excavated, or any other task of a similar nature, ditto—you get hold of the leading Essex groundworks contractor and arrange to get the service you require.
How can you be certain that you’re going to get quality when you engage the services of a contractor?
There are ways to assess the mettle of a contractor before you actually hire them. Generally, groundworks construction goes hand in hand with civil engineering so companies that offer it provide a wide range of services.
You can gauge their reliability by the way they take on projects. If no job is too big or too small for the contractor, you get a measure of confidence in their abilities and efficiency. You don’t have to worry about getting a different team for something that may be below or above their own services. You can also trust that they give importance to all their clients, catering to their requirements, no matter how simple or complex. They demonstrate pride and ownership in their work, seeing all projects through, from conception to completion.
Reputation, more often than not, is earned, so you can expect it to be a good guide for engaging the services of a contractor. For
this reason, you’ll want to ask around and perhaps even interview previous clients regarding the contractor’s competence, integrity, and professionalism. Ask probing questions that will get telling answers, such as whether they were able to complete projects with excellent results, on time, and within budget.
Experience is also a huge deal. Contractors who have been in the business for many years inspire more confidence since they would have already gone through many instances of working alongside local authorities and other contractors and developers. You can also count on their advice and recommendations to be sound and worthwhile.
Groundworks typically pertain to difficult and expensive projects, so you want to be careful with your choice. By doing your due diligence, you can ensure quality in the contractor you choose.
Drainage Solutions That Work Well and Look Lovely
When you think of drainage solutions, images of industrial looking pipes probably come to mind. They must go underground in order to preserve the look of your landscape. You can’t have functional but unsightly drainage features marring your vista, so you need to install better-looking yet equally effective alternatives.
With some imagination, you can put in drainage features that actually enhance your landscape as well as protect your community’s natural waterways. For instance, ditches don’t really inspire lovely visions, but if you turn them into swales that have the look of creek beds or even small meadows, then not only do you have an efficient drainage solution, but whimsical elements that look like something nature intended as well.
What about paving material? This can be part of your drainage solution. If you have your driveways, walkways, and patios constructed of pervious paving that allows water to seep through, preventing puddling, you can help reduce flooding since rainwater will gradually sink into the soil. Not only that, it also works against pollution by naturally filtering out such things as car oil residue and other harmful substances so that they don’t end up in neighbourhood lakes and streams. There are three basic options for this: concrete pavers with gravel or sand in the gaps, porous asphalt with built-in air pockets, and plastic grids that prevent top layers of gravel or sand from compacting.
What about rain gardens? You can direct gutter water to flow into them. These are shallow catch basins wherein you can plant flower beds that won’t be affected by (and instead, benefit from) water pooling there in a downpour. Any water that collects there will slowly percolate into the soil anyway. In fact, you can put a rain garden at the end of a swale, allowing rain water to travel through the swale and collect in the rain garden. A knowledgeable groundworks contractor will be able to determine what soil mix allows water to quickly sink in as well as promotes lush plant growth.
These features require drainage expertise so that they can be designed into the landscape with correct calculations, placement, materials, etc. You can approach drainage companies and indicate that you want to apply the above solutions and they can advise you further on how to optimise them (e.g. installing a perforated pipe underneath a swale to send excess water to a dry well) as well as suggest other similar ideas that can work just as well.