Water brings life and is arguably the single-most important substance on earth, but it can also cause destruction. Though soil erosion may not be as dramatic in its immediate impact as a tsunami, for example, the long-term effects of soil erosion can be just as catastrophic. Soil erosion can damage property, ruin buildings such as homes and businesses, and even threaten lives.
That is why it's important for property owners to take steps to prevent soil erosion from bringing destruction to their property. Below are three such steps that will help keep soil erosion from devastating your property.
Capture Rainwater for Future Use
One method for preventing soil erosion is to capture rainwater and divert it either for reuse or for controlled drainage from the property. Rainwater left to flow freely onto the ground is likely to cut channels as it follows its natural course to the lowest spots. These channels will only continue to widen and deepen as future rainfall collects and drains through them.
Rainfall capture-and-harvest systems run the gamut from inexpensive, simple barrels all the way to sophisticated collection networks that filter water and route it to storage tanks for future use. Regardless of the specific design, controlling the flow of water can help prevent soil erosion.
Before implementing a rainwater-capture system, it is important to investigate local codes and regulations concerning rainwater. In some areas of the nation, rainwater collection may even be considered illegal, and if you use rainwater for potable (drinking) water, you may need to comply with additional health and safety standards.
Maintain Vigorous Plant Growth in Vulnerable Areas
Another means of stopping erosion from occurring on your property is to maintain and promote vigorous plant growth. Plants are natural erosion fighters, as their root networks can hold soil together and prevent water from pulling the soil away.
You can utilize plants in several specific ways to control erosion rates and limit the damage caused by water. One specific means of alleviating erosion via plant growth is to implement rain gardens in strategic locations. Rain gardens consist of plants that both tolerate wet soil and are suitable for use as landscaping.
To plant a rain garden, locate spaces where erosion or runoff is likely, then select appropriate plants that will be able to survive and thrive in your climate zone. Avoid using plants that are overly exotic or incapable of surviving without extensive care; otherwise, the rain garden concept will break down and leave you with high maintenance landscaping that may not even function as intended.
Construct Erosion-Fighting Structures
Many property owners choose to reduce the potential for erosion by building artificial control structures. For example, retaining walls can be used to successfully divert water flow away from slopes and toward more stable areas. Other options include the construction of artificial creeks and ponds. Along shorelines, breakwaters can prove invaluable in stopping water from coming ashore.
If you decide to add a man-made structure in order to control water movement, it is crucial to obtain advice from a qualified construction company or other engineering experts. An improperly installed structure can make problems worse by moving water in the wrong direction, and the sheer weight of some structures can result in other types of damage to property.
For questions about preventing soil erosion or building waterfront structures, be sure to contact Construction Remediation Solutions. The experts at Construction Remediation Solutions understand the special needs of property owners when it comes to erosion, and they are experienced in building waterfront structures that can help protect your property. Give them a call today to receive a free estimate on your project.