Erosion control at construction sites can be critical to minimizing the impact of the construction on the environment, local residents, and construction workers. Moreover, erosion control is important for ensuring construction can be completed safely, on time, and at budget. Here are three advantages of hydroseeding at construction sites to aid in erosion control:
In Florida’s climate, water is a primary mechanism for erosion. Soil erosion can undermine, no pun intended, construction projects. One of the most critical steps to ensuring the stability of a structure, whether it be a road, building, or bridge, is compacting soil so it can support the structure. Soil erosion can move soil away from the planned locations and into unplanned locations, thereby adding to the project’s cost and duration.
Moreover, runoff from construction sites can push contaminants, such as heavy metals, fuel, and construction waste, into the local environment. This can endanger the health of local residents and wildlife. Source control program requirements for the Southern Everglades and Northern Everglades are set by the Everglades Forever Act and Estuaries Protection Program, respectively. Violation of these and other environmental laws can lead to fines and lawsuits.
Hydroseeding is one of the most effective erosion management solutions because it can eliminate soil erosion and minimize runoff. Hydroseeding slurry contains binders and grass seed. Over the short term, the binders hold soil particles against erosion. Over the long term, the seeds take root and hold the soil.
Air quality is an important consideration in creating a safe construction site. Exhaust from construction equipment and dust from construction activities can harm the health of construction workers and local residents alike. In fact, construction dust has been linked to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung problems.
One of the greatest problems with soil lost to the air is that almost any construction activity can produce dust. Even driving across a construction site can kick up a dust cloud so thick that it can be difficult to see through.
Hydroseeding is applied as a slurry. This means that, like spraying water, the weight and “stickiness” of the dust particles is increased when hydroseeding is performed. This prevents the soil particles from being kicked up into the air to become dust.
As mentioned above, soil compaction is critical to a stable construction project. Many people who complain about how long construction takes fail to understand that mounds of soil that appear idle are, in fact, settling and compacting so that they can support the structure to be built on them. However, soil compaction can be disrupted by gravity-induced soil erosion.
Hydroseeding can help hold mounds in place rather than slowly eroding away. This puts the mound’s weight where it needs to be to properly compact.
Construction sites need erosion control to battle water, wind, and gravity. Hydroseeding can help keep soil where it is intended to be, so construction projects can be completed efficiently.