Using Geo Fabric To Prevent Liquefaction
Liquefaction can cause problems for homeowners when paving areas of the home. Geofabric can help with liquefaction issues.
What is Liquefaction?
Liquefaction is when water and loose sediments creep into soil to gradually lose its strength. Normally due to earthquakes, structures now become hazards, now at risk of toppling over or being perpetually stuck in a tilted state because the soil is now too soft to hold a foundation. It’s no different than putting your feet in wet sand; you tend to sink and requires more effort to walk out of.
Why is it a problem?
You know a number of areas will be devastated due to the nature earthquakes are known for. While we know them for all the immediate damage they cause, liquefaction is a much quieter contributor that can slowly damage your property. Those already living in the Los Angeles county can check if their home is in an area that has been recorded for soil liquefaction. They can search for the Parcel Profile Report, which can be done here.
How does liquefaction effect the homeowner?
Homeowners might have seen the effects of liquefaction already take place. Shifting in the beams can make long, creaking noises between the walls. Cracks in the concrete-both outdoors and in the basement-reappear right after filling them in. Paver stones, whether newly installed or placed for years, will sink, shift, raise, or tilt over time. Outdoor pavers in Los Angeles like patios, walkways, and driveways are the most common places for the effects of liquefaction to creep up. A few tilted paver stones will mean that the surrounding area will have to be torn up and reinstalled, resulting in time and money that could be put into another project. Why not avoid the trouble before it starts?
What can be used to prevent liquefaction in the home?
Along with avoiding areas susceptible to liquefaction, you can solve this problem head on with the use of geo-fabric. Geo fabric (sometimes known also as geo textiles) is an absorbent material known for its use on residential properties and highways. Those who want to use pavers in Los Angeles are more inclined to apply geo fabric because of it’s preventative measures. Not only does it reduce shifting and keep out unneeded moisture, it also keeps out the loose sediments that commonly mix with soil in the first place. Though it isn’t strictly required by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, geo fabric is a highly recommended option when considering a repair or installation. Before any large-scale project, it’s best to get a second opinion from a trusted pavers contractor.
We believe that the use of geo fabric is a valuable investment for your outdoor areas, (aprx additional cost of $.60 per square foot). Geo fabric is an excellent addition when going forth to restore your paved areas to their original beauty. We also display all of our pavers prices on our website, view paver styles, colors, textures and prices per square foo
If you have additional questions about liquefaction at your home, get in touch with one of our experienced ICPI project managers we are more than happy to answer all of your questions. As well as give you a quick free estimate for your next pavers project, fill out the form here or call us today at 855-9-PAVERS.
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