You might have had the dream of building your own business for a long time. Maybe you’ve been saving up for the chance to buy a property and construct your business so you can open your doors to the public. Perhaps you’ve already been operating a business in a previous location that you rented or bought as-is, and now you’re ready to move to your own property. Whatever the case, you need to make sure that the property is as ready for you as you are ready for it. There’s a lot more that goes into that than you might think.
As much as you look at property locations, lot prices, building codes, zoning ordinances, inspections and approvals, architects, and construction crews to break ground and your business property ready, you might have to think about what you’ll have to do beneath the surface of the lot. You need to have someone conduct a flooding analysis of the property, not just as it is now, but how it will be once you develop it. The reason for that is because any time a business develops a lot, it tends to cover a lot of it with asphalt and concrete. That means that stormwater has nowhere to go since the soil can’t absorb it if it’s paved over.
Underground stormwater retention might be necessary to install, as various drains around the building or parking lot, or both, would have somewhere to drain rainwater to in order to avoid puddles and flooding. You’d think you can just connect to municipal sewers and drainage paths for this, but that can be a huge mistake. If you’re actually building on undeveloped land, you might be in a sprawling area with a lot of commercial growth, meaning the government and public infrastructure is seriously lacking or lagging behind. If the urban system backs up, your water would stick around and flood you.
That’s what makes underground stormwater retention so important. It keeps water out of your building, business, and foundation. Water pooling up there can lead to rot and mold in your structure, possibly even cracking the very physical foundation of your business. That can cost you money to repair, time you have to close for that work, and possibly even put an end to the lifespan of the building you are constructing in the first place.
Even if there is enough drainage to prevent flooding that poses a structural risk, you still want enough capacity to keep your parking lot entrance as dry and empty as you can. Customers remember parking lots that have excess puddles and then avoid those businesses when it rains, perhaps always. They don’t like driving through water, walking through it, or having their clothes and merchandise splashed when another car rolls by.
If you’re a business that tends to do well on rainy days, such as a movie theater, then it really behooves you to have a parking lot ready for lots of business when it’s raining cats and dogs.