DPIE recently collaborated with the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) on “Drainage and Flooding in Prince George’s County,” a comprehensive report that outlines issues, investigation methodologies, possible resolutions and more.
Improperly Installed Fences May Cause Drainage Problems and Flooding!
Every time it rains, many homeowners experience drainage issues on their properties. Some of these drainage complaints result from improperly installed fences. An improperly installed fence can block storm flows — runoff from storm precipitation — and cause water to pond in your yard or your neighbor’s yard. Blocked water can damage fences, draw mosquitoes and hasten lawn erosion.
Fences must be installed with storm flows in mind to ensure fences don’t block stormwater flows!
DPIE has enhanced its process to address drainage complaints from owners of homes that are five years old or less and whose fine grading permits are still open. The Drainage Defects Complaint Program, which was implemented in October 2020, created enhanced enforcement options to hold builders, developers and engineers associated with new home construction accountable for mistakes related to construction and grading that affect drainage from storm water.
Residential Drainage: A Homeowner's Guide to Drainage Problems and Solutions
The Residential Drainage Manual by the Department of the Environment (DoE) covers basement flooding problems, waterproofing & drainage systems, sump pumps, wet yards, grading around the house and erosion problems. The manual also lists helpful hints when moving to a new home, advice on septic systems, and commonly asked questions. The appendices include a helpful drainage maintenance checklist and a vegetative ground cover guide.