Drainage around buildings

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Series titleCanadian Building Digest; no. 156
Physical description6 p.
Subjectdrainage; buildings; foundation work; costs; Basements and foundations
AbstractThis Digest outlines the principles of good drainage practice around buildings to prevent wet basements, frost heaving problems, and the build-up of hydrostatic pressure on basement floors and retaining walls. Good surface drainage can be achieved by proper grading, well planned ditch systems and ensuring culverts are of sufficient size to handle the maximum surface runoff that can be expected at a site. Adequate subsurface drainage can be achieved by careful placement of drainage tile, and the use of suitable filters and permeable backfill material.
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PublisherDivision of Building Research. National Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français : Le drainage autour des bâtiments
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number602
NPARC number20330761
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Record identifierb18cecb9-23ca-4953-900f-9b4ce7567d0f
Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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