There is no doubt about it, having a fence in place on your property provides a wealth of advantages as a property owner. However, in some cases, a fence can seem illogical because of issues with water. Even if you have issues with water on or around your property, it does not necessarily mean that you should not erect a fence. One of most common solutions is trenching near the fence line. Here is a closer look at signs you could benefit from having a trench installed around a fence on your property.
1. There is a natural amount of water in the fenced area.
In areas that sustain a lot of rain, some parts of the ground can be extremely saturated during rainy seasons. All of this extra water can make it difficult to maintain a stable fence because the excess water will change the consistency of the soil where the fence is stationed. Because groundwater naturally flows downward, having a trench just alongside the fence will encourage the groundwater to drain downward.
2. You have issues with ground erosion where the fence is located.
Ground erosion can be one of the biggest hassles a property owner faces. It can leave you unable to achieve the landscaping you desire and leave ugly ground cuts behind that simply will not go away. In these situations, trenching is often a solution anyway because it encourages water to flow to one designated area. If you have a fence in a place where the erosion is occurring, it is even more important to consider installing a trench. As the ground erodes away, it will affect the stability of the fence because the supporting ground is gradually washed away.
3. The fence is in an area where roadway runoff is an issue.
When a roadway is implemented through a certain area, it is common practice for it to be installed slightly higher than ground level specifically to keep water from accumulating on the pavement. Unfortunately, if you have a fence that runs alongside a highway, this extra water can wash away the soil and ground that helps your fence stay firmly in place. Installing a trench between the roadway and the fence will help prevent the extra water from pooling around the fence posts. Even if it is a small trench that is not all that deep, it can be a valuable form of protection.
For more information, contact your local fence trenching services.