What to Do When You’re Building Site Floods

14 May 2018

The weather in South Africa can be unpredictable. Heavy rainstorms can lead to flooding on your construction site. This type of flooding – if not properly planned for – can severely impact your construction schedule.

Improper drainage and faulty connections to temporary drainage systems can lead to a build-up of debris, mud and silt overflowing on the site, ruining your building project, damaging equipment and it can even lead to pollution issues in severe cases.

As a construction site manager, you need to have a dewatering system in place. Besides rainfall, you also have other issues such as rising groundwater that can hamper your project.

The first thing you need to do is to determine where the water will be moved to. Many times, your construction site won’t have a storm sewer located conveniently nearby. This means the water that you extract needs to be transported elsewhere or it can erode the surrounding soil. Try to avoid discharging water onto sloped areas as this can lead to the speedy erosion of your construction site.

Your next step is to research local environmental legislation. It is possible that the water you are excavating contains certain sediments or contaminants that need to be removed before it can be discharged.

The final step is to invest in a pump. This pumping equipment will be the machinery you need to get the water away from your building project.

Talisman Hire offers a range of mechanical submersible water pumps, submersible pumps, water pumps and trash pumps. Contact us to rent a pump today.