Erosion

 

Erosion.  A never ending problem in a climate of sudden downpours and hilly country.  But there are always answers.

The Problem

Erosion is the natural process in which run off water cuts channels in the earth, taking earth and debris down with it. It is the way in which rivers and lakes are formed. Water takes the path of least resistance downhill to the sea and overtime that becomes rivers. That is amazing if you own an enormous plot of land where such a water feature would add to the value of your property, but in all likelihood you’re a home owner on block of land. A river forming in your block will result in drainage problems, hideous looking lumps and your valuable top soil going into your neighbours yard. People at the most risk are those who live in hilly areas, such as up in Samford and Dayboro. In particular if the sides of your hills are bald or steep.

The Why

There are three real key reasons why controlling erosion is important.

  1. Insurance. Erosion comes under the banner of maintenance for most insurers. If your home is water damaged in a storm and there was erosion evidence prior to the event they can deny your claim and pay you absolutely nothing! Just like you have to look after the roof and attend to basic problems yourself, you need to care for your yard.
  2. Aesthetics and resale value. Erosion is unsightly. Unsightly causes the value of your property to plummet. Home improvements shows drone on about this because it’s true, people buying a home overestimate how much it will cost to fix common issues. They do it because they don’t want to bother with it themselves. So their time and effort is factored in. Don’t let this become a problem!
  3. Dangerous to others. We’ve all had an experience at one time or another where we’ve gone into a lovely, inviting yard and suddenly face planted. Why? Because we’re not conditioned to expect our laws to be free of pot holes and lumps so we throw caution to the wind. I challenge you readers to think of the last time you wondered if you had to be careful traversing someone’s non rural yard. Probably years right? It is important to have this dealt with immediately lest you cause some poor person to fall over in your yard.

The How

Every problem needs a personal solution, there is no one ‘correct’ way. But generally we start by redirecting the flow of water where possible. It needs to head away from your valuables and homes over all else. After that we carefully slow the pace of the water by spreading it over a larger area. This seems counter intuitive – water over a larger area? The larger the area the more water that is needed to cause damage. A truly prestigious amount of water is required to cut into a large area. Once the area is large we reduce the number of turns. Turns allow water to collect, defeating the point of spreading it over a large surface. Is that isn’t workable, pipes, culverts, rockeries and other types of drains are investigated.

If you have an erosion problem, give us a call!.