StormWater Utilities

Atlanta Engineering Services, Inc. offers services for storm water utilities design that is customized to meet the needs of each individual project.

Our objective is to do our work professionally and in ways that make the work of our client much easier. We want to retain the confidence our clients showed in us by hiring us. Professionally Design services that our clients are proud of.

We realize the importance of doing a thorough design that takes into account the interest of the property owner and its surrounding neighbors.

When our clients come to us, we want them to feel assured that they are receiving a well designed, value engineered site that has their interest at heart.

We have more than 35 years of experience in stormwater utilities design or stormwater damage assessment. This is what we do.

Our hydrologist is certified by the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH). The AIH is dedicated to training its members in the ways and means of protecting the public in design and in the analysis of storm water damage.

Subdivision Detention Ponds

One of the major growing concerns of subdivision Homeowner Associations (HOA) is the maintenance of detention ponds for the neighborhood. The enforcement of the Clean Water Act has caused an outcry from local officials that neighborhood association bring their detention ponds up to local standards.

So many of the detention ponds have been ignored for years. The ponds have accumulated silt and the storage volume has been decreased. They no longer function as they were designed.

The property owners downstream are often affected by the increase in runoff from these detention ponds.

It has been my experience that very few detention ponds function as designed. I have seen some ponds completely silted and have no storage volume. Where this pond once released the stormwater at the pre-development rate, it now discharges stormwater at an accelerated rate causing damage downstream.

Stormwater Utilities Design

Some of the areas of stormwater design we specialize in are:

  • Storm water damage analysis
  • Site Grading and Calculating Cut/Fill Volumes
  • Stormwater Pipe Design
  • Hydrology Studies
  • Water Quantity (ie. Aboveground & Underground Detention)
  • Water Quality such as Wetlands, Sand filters, Bio retention, Enhanced Swales, Oil-Grit Separators, and other structural controls.
image of a stormdrain designed by Atlanta Engineering Services, Inc.

Stormwater Damage

Stormwater damage is a serious problem in many locations in the metro Atlanta area.

Important information for every homeowner to know is that most insurance policies do not cover storm water damage. This type of damage is covered under a separate policy for flooding.  This policy is call flood insurance.

Get your homeowner insurance policy and read it. Then, call your insurance agent. Discuss stormwater damage with her to get an in-depth understanding of your coverage. Do not wait.

I have been investigating stormwater utilities and stormwater damage for more than 35 years. I have talked with so many homeowners that were shocked that the water damage from a storm was not covered by their insurance company.

Most flood insurance coverage is reasonably priced unless your home is located in a 100-year flood plain. Then, the cost of flood insurance get expensive. Flood maps are available online. If you suspect your house is in a flood plain, call a land surveyor or civil engineer and ask them to determine if you are located in a flood plain.

Stormwater damage can be avoided by creating swales and ditches to divert storm water away from your house.

Walk around your home and look for indications of water standing against the foundation. Water standing against the foundation will flow down along the side the foundation and often flow through a crack in the concrete. Then, the water seeps into your basement and larger problems begin to occur. 

Utility Design

Some of the many utility design services we specialize in are:

  • Sanitary Sewer Pipe Design for neighborhoods and subdivisions
  • Grease Traps for restaurants
  • Pump Stations for septic systems
  • Water System Design for subdivisions and neighborhoods
  • Fire System Design for neighborhoods
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