Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.
The upper layer of soil is called topsoil. It is generally the most fertile layer of soil. It is also the layer that gets disturbed the most when there is construction. Anytime the topsoil gets disturbed, it is prone to erosion. Erosion happens when wind or water blow or wash away the topsoil, exposing the soil underneath and causing long-term damage to the ground and any waterways in the area. Any time a new building is going in, it's important to make sure that erosion controls are put into place. One reason is that it will actually save money in the long run. If a construction company is able to use most of the locations topsoil at the end of the construction project, they won't have to truck in more.
The first part of any erosion control is an evaluation of the site. That evaluation should look for things like the contours of the land, depth of the existing topsoil, and runoff patterns. All these things affect how much any given site will erode. Once the evaluation is complete, it's possible to start creating an erosion control plan. These plans usually have more than one part to them and work best when several techniques are used.
Ground cover is a really easy way to make sure that the topsoil stays in one place. As the excavation gets started, the construction company can start piling all the dirt into one area. As the dirt reaches a certain level, planting a fast growing ground cover plant on it will help deal keep the soil in that spot. The root system of the plants acts as an anchor. Anchoring the top of the dirt piles will also help to keep the dirt lower down in the same place.
Mulch and Mats
Mats are also called brush mats. They are made up of brush, weeds, or other vegetation that has been woven together to form mats. Both the mulch and the mats can be put down over the dirt piles and the surrounding areas. They both act as weights on the soil. Since they cover it up, the wind can't get to the loose soil to blow it away. The mulch and mats both also let water in much slower, so it has a harder time washing the soil away. If the mulch or mats are put down over seeds, they can help protect the seeds as well as give them a good growing environment.
Controlling erosion is an ongoing process. It's also not something that just needs a few minutes here or there to do. Construction companies and landowners who are having problems with erosion need to work with landscaping companies who handle erosion control. One company that can provide this service is Purdy Topsoil & Gravel.Share
13 June 2015