Whenever you are planning out a construction project, you need to take into account the potential for erosion to occur. Without doing this, not only could you risk sacrificing the quality of the soil on the construction site, but you also risk damaging properties around the site and causing irreparable damage to the local environment. All of this could result in your being slapped with some significant fines and other potential liability costs.
Therefore, if you wish to avoid the risks of construction erosion, you must seek out the proper anti-erosion equipment and devices as part of your site planning. The best type of tool to use in such a scenario is articulated concrete blocks. These blocks combine a high level of durability, sustainability, affordability and safety to make them an integral part of construction site planning. Here’s a bit more information about why these blocks perform so well:
- Sustainability: Articulated concrete blocks are able to be removed and reused after a construction project is over, unlike many other types of erosion control tools. Simply haul them out and take them to a new construction site. Even if you don’t move them, they can still serve as a permanent erosion control system for the area. They are also simply good for the environment. For example, spacing between each concrete block allows plants and other vegetation to grow from underneath the mats.
- Durability: Many other erosion control solutions wear away with time and weather. Solutions such as mulching, gravel and fiber rolls do not stand up well to every form of erosion and will have to be replaced semi-regularly. Articulated concrete blocks, however, protect sites from every form of erosion, and even extremely severe conditions and elements. Plus, as previously mentioned, these blocks can either be used as permanent fixtures or reused at other construction sites, maintaining their durability in either scenario.
- Affordability: Articulated concrete blocks are an extremely cost-effective means of erosion control. All the materials used to make them are relatively inexpensive, as it’s mostly cables and concrete. The labor needed to manufacture them is inexpensive as well, and because installation is so easy, those labor costs are also rather low. With affordability at every step of the process, it’s not at all unfeasible to use these blocks for erosion control on even a very large site.
- Safety: If you’re using gravel, fiber rolls, loose rock or sand on a work site, they could potentially become safety hazards. These types of erosion control solutions do not give people a stable surface on which to walk. Gravel, rock and sand can especially become dangerous in certain weather conditions, or if a heavy vehicle passes over the unstable surface. Articulated concrete blocks provide people with a solid, stable surface.
For more information about how you can create reliable erosion control solutions at your construction site, we encourage you to reach out to the team at International Erosion Control Systems Inc. today for more information about the use of articulated concrete blocks and their benefits.