Erosion can happen anywhere there’s a slope—even if it’s a slight one. When the weather is right, the earth is shifting and the slope is peaked, all it takes is time for erosion to take effect and when it does, the damage to surrounding areas can range from minor to devastating. This is often the reason for installing Cable Concrete® mats: to ensure that future erosion conditions are mitigated and any resulting damage is eliminated.
But where is erosion most common and how can Cable Concrete® mats help to mitigate its effects? Take a look at some of the most common areas of application:
Lakeshores and riverbanks: Lining the sides of lakeshores and riverbanks with Cable Concrete® is a great way to help stabilize the basins of these waterways, eliminating runoff that can damage nearby structures and landmarks that could be affected as the banks erode. As rainfall and the constant splash of water pound riverbanks and lakeshores, the soil effectively becomes very weak, falling away in times of duress, much like imagery of an ice shelf falling into the sea.
Landfill drainage systems: The water that flows out of landfill drainage systems is especially erosive because of the particulates that it carries with it from the rubbish it runs through. If landfill runoff should meet a slope, gravity would serve to create a highly momentous runoff situation that would likely devastate anything at the bottom of the slope. Cable Concrete® prevents the momentum that this type of runoff might pick up, stemming erosion before it becomes an issue.
Boat ramps: Not all boat ramps are paved and those that aren’t are subject to erosion unless protected with Cable Concrete® mats. Cable Concrete® mats prevent soil from sinking or muddling when saturated and driven over by vehicles and boats, lessening the chance of tires sinking or divots forming in the ramp.
Access roads: Like boat ramps, access roads aren’t always paved, leading them to be prime candidates for erosion troubles. When heavy rainfalls or nearby soil saturation causes the earth to shift, access roads can quickly become blocked or destroyed, disallowing access to crucial facilities and sites beyond. Having Cable Concrete® articulated block systems to keep access roads and surrounding areas stable against erosion means keeping these roads for the vehicles and people that require them.
Dike and dam overflow protection: Dikes and dams are meant to hold back water to a substantial degree, but when they are exposed to the elements or heavy rainfalls, they can quickly become compromised by the land they’re built into. Cable Concrete® mats affixed around dikes and dams helps to mitigate the potential for failure by keeping the structures in place and secure in the land around them.
Wherever there is earth and moisture, erosion can occur. Above are just a few of the most common applications for Cable Concrete® mats, which serve to keep everything stable and safe for these applications.