Civil Engineering

What are you doing this summer?

Summer is a busy time of year for Civil Engineering Companies in Jacksonville, FL: it is our rainy season and the end of the calendar year for government spending. If the line items of a government budget have not been spent, the money does not carry over. It goes away. Therefore there is a sudden rush to get any approved projects underway before September.

In the lead up to General Election, spending will either speed up or slow down, depending upon the anticipated outcome. Once a new President is inaugurated, the first year is somewhat predictable. If there is a Republican in the White House, there will be initiatives to improve the infrastructure, creating jobs.  The economy buoys confidence and construction spending goes up.  We are the happy recipients in the Civil Engineering industry.  As an 8(a) certified provider, increased governmental spending is good news for us at Solid Rock.

The Rainy Season

Jacksonville’s Rainy Season runs from June through September.  It is common for us to experience torrential downpours every afternoon after a sunny, hot morning and return to now steamy, sunny and hot in the evening, until the ocean’s winds blow it all through.

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A rarely empty asphalt road if it were near our city in what, for us, is a typical summer storm.
Stock Image from Graphic
The biggest challenge we face in our rainy season is standing water.  Flooding is bad, too, don’t get me wrong, but few people realize how much of a problem standing water brings with it. (See Part 2 of this post on Preventative Maintenance for Property Owners During the Summer Months.) All of the civil engineering firms in Jacksonville fl worry acutely about standing water around the City.
9 Problems Caused By Standing Water On Your Property

1 Flooded roads, even those that are temporarily flooded, impact tourism. It is the perception of the a problem, mostly, for the tourists. But for permanent residents the issue is that wet road last two-fifths as long as roads with good drainage. When the limestone rock, perfect for draining water, but useless when it sits in water, gets soaked over a period of time, it turns into mashed potatoes and the surface above fails. Buckling, cracking, subsidence…. all thanks to the water not draining through the limestone but sitting around it.

2 Insects. Standing water is the only place that mosquitoes breed. It is the same with dragonflies. They both carry diseases, not just to humans, but to pets also. Mosquitoes carry heart worms and tapeworms to pets, where to humans they generously share malaria, dengue, and encephalitis, among other blights like West Nile, etc.

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Mosquito Larvae in Standing Water
Diagram from FilterButler

3Weight. Standing water, particularly on a roof, adds weight that some surfaces haven’t been constructed to withstand. 1″ of water on a 10′ x 10′ area will add 500lbs of weight. Over a 200 square foot surface that becomes 1,000 pounds! Sagging is one result, another is a leak, and the most obvious is where the roof caves in.

4Debris. Standing water hides debris. It is not easy to see a rusty nail, or bit of construction debris once it is covered by muddy water or the reflective surface a puddle becomes once the sun is out.

5Chemicals. From pesticides, lawn treatments, foundation anti-bug treatments. All of those are made with chemicals that may or may not combine harmlessly with the hydrogen and oxygen in rain water.

6It kills the lawn. Patches of standing water will drown certain kinds of grass, and leave a nasty brown patch. It also invites more water loving weeds to take up residence.
7Foundation. Water standing up against the foundation of any building will seep into the concrete or whatever material has been used and over time, will cuase it to soften. This can cause buildings to shift, cracks to form, and of course, leaks.
8MOLD starts to grow within 24 to 48 hours if a damp surface isn’t dried. Water that doesn’t move has the same time frame.
9Other Dangerous Diseases. The last danger from leaving water standing in or around a building is that E. coli and tetanus also grow there. In the right environment, E. coli can cause urinary tract infections, diarrhea, respiratory illness, pneumonia and numerous other illnesses which can be deadly to the very young and elderly.

If you see standing water next to your property, contact local code enforcement and let them know that they should get involved. The dangers, and later expense just aren’t worth it.  And, if the local code enforcement is you, or you want to know WHY you have a standing water problem, give us a call. We’ll gladly help you.  Solid Rock is one of the top civil engineering firms in Jacksonville FL. You can trust our experience, our testimonials and our busy, loyal clients.  Check us out!

 

 

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