If you're in construction or agriculture, you're probably very familiar with soil erosion challenges. Erosion and its effects are a universal concern across many industries and can cause costly damage if left unchecked. To solve this, some companies are leveraging the effectiveness of polymer dust control products with the innovative erosion control blanket (ECB) to manage sediment control more effectively.
Let's discuss ECBs and how they can help you control soil erosion alongside long-lasting polymer dust control products.
What's An Erosion Control Blanket Made Of?
An erosion control blanket protects the soil surface from wind and water erosion. Since it's intended to dissolve over time, it's constructed with natural and biodegradable materials that allow root-rich plants like ground cover, shrubs, and trees to take hold and revitalize the soil. A few popular materials include jute, wood fiber, coconut fibers, and straw.
How Does An Erosion Control Blanket Work?
An ECB is laid down over the surface to protect soil from erosion. This blanket acts as a protective top layer, covering a targeted area of the ground and protecting the soil underneath from sediment runoff and degradation. It also holds the soil in place, allowing it time to regenerate and repair itself. This supportive process is known as "reinforcement" and helps preserve the soil's integrity.
The Benefits of Using an Erosion Control Blanket
Using An Erosion Control Blanket With Polymer Dust Control Products
When paired with polymer dust control products, an erosion control blanket can help you tackle soil erosion with even more precision and efficiency. While ECBs reduce wind-blown dust from escaping, polymer dust control products increase the binding of particles to reduce water runoff. This combination helps to effectively control erosion while protecting the environment from potential damage.
To Remove or Not to Remove Your ECB
A common question facing construction site managers is whether removing the erosion control blankets is necessary, especially if you've already treated the area with polymer dust control products. The answer is no—you don't have to remove the blanket. Since most ECBs last only months or a few years, you can leave them to decompose and help with the soil's regeneration.
Proper Erosion Control Blanket Installation is Essential
Evaluating your erosion control blanket on a case-by-case basis is critical. If the ECB was installed improperly, it may have to be removed. However, keep in mind incorrect removal can damage the developing vegetation and destabilize the soil, effectively undoing all the benefits the ECB has provided.
The erosion control blanket is a versatile and effective tool in combating soil erosion—especially when paired with a long-lasting, effective polymer dust control product. When used correctly, these two erosion control techniques can provide invaluable support in preserving the environment and preventing the problems caused by erosion and dust.
Environmental Products & Applications, Inc. can help save you time and money and provide peace of mind on your construction site. Contact us to learn how Envirotac can help reduce the costly problems caused by ineffective erosion control.