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John’s Asphalt can remedy any driveway drainage challenge. Driveway drains, placement and slope, landscaping swales and permeable pavements are our main areas of expertise.

A swale is a shallow depression that is wider than it is deep. Creating a swale along one or both sides of your driveway will provide a place for storm-water to collect and re-enter the groundwater. It will also keep water draining off any hillsides from flowing down your driveway and flooding your garage or home. Swales can be landscaped to look like a creek bed with river rock and water friendly plants.

Permeable pavement, also referred to as pervious concrete, porous asphalt or resin-bound paving, is a method of paving that allows storm water to speed into the ground as it falls, rather than running off into storm drains or waterways. As precipitation falls onto the pavement, it infiltrates down into a storage basin, where it is slowly released into the surrounding soil.

Porous asphalt is just like regular asphalt, except it is manufactured with fine material omitted, leaving open spaces that allow water to filter through to a “recharge” or drain bed. It is typically used for driveways and parking lots.

Pervious concrete consists of materials that result in voids when it is dry, allowing water to drain through. Installation requires the same type of drainage bed as porous asphalt (listed). It is typically used for driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, patios detached from a house and pool decking.

Precast concrete or brick manufactured in many sizes and shapes are laid with a drainage base and permeable joint material, allowing water to slowly seep into the ground. They are typically used for parking lots, patios detached from a house, pool decks and sidewalks.

Open celled pavers are made by installing a plastic or concrete grid over a bed of drainage material and soil. The voids are seeded with grass or turf plugs are embedded. Alternatively, voids may also be filled with aggregate. They must be constructed with a specific type of drainage bed. They are typically used for parking areas (overflow parking) and patios detached from a house.

There are a variety of factors and environmental considerations that may influence that decision. We will provide you with our recommendation during your consultation.

Yes, John’s Asphalt can do both. There are always “risers” or “spacers” between a basin and a surface grate. These can be added or removed to achieve a desired height.

A dry well collects water in a similar fashion at the surface, but is designed to discharge slowly into the soil. It is only intended for small volumes of water. A storm drain is a large volume storm water management system that captures water at the surface at grated “catch basins” and collects/consolidates water from a large area. Most storm drains have a single large exit at their point of discharge into a larger water source (river, lake reservoir, etc.)

Standing water on a parking lot surface is never good. It will inevitably result in early deterioration and failure. John’s Asphalt uses institutional knowledge and proven practice to determine the best solution, depending on the depth of the water and number of puddles. Most often, it is best to capture the water at the low spots and deliver it to an existing storm drainage system by placing new catch basins or trench basins at the surface. Berms are also helpful in “steering” water away from problem areas.

A berm is similar to a miniature speed bump and is used to divert or direct water towards catch basins or areas where the water can flow off the asphalt onto a permeable surface.

John’s Asphalt specializes in trench drains, filter drains, catch basins, cut off drains, cross drains, water bars, drips and grade reversals, concrete drainage systems, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and water mains. Contact us to discuss residential or commercial solutions for any water issue.

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