Green hills and steep slopes can add beauty to any landscape, but they also bring certain risks that require soil stabilization. When heavy rain falls on these hills, water rushes down the slopes and can lead to flash floods and water pollution. A slope stabilizer can help prevent slope failure and reinforce hillside surfaces from erosion and instability. But how do you select a top-performing slope stabilizer for your next project? This article will discuss some key factors when choosing a slope stabilizer.
Assess Your Slope
The soil type, height, and horizontal distance of your slope all factor into slope stability. Measure your slope accurately with a slope meter before choosing a product. The soil type and any challenges in your slope may affect the slope stabilizer you need for your project. For example, slope stabilizers for softer soils will be able to resist more pressure than slope stabilizers for hard, rocky soil. Document any unusual features of your hillside or obstacles that might prevent slope stabilizer installation, such as trees, boulders, or unstable ground.
Create A Site Plan
Some slopes are too steep to be developed safely—other sites present steep slopes with challenges you can overcome with careful planning and project design. Outline the pre-existing natural features, develop ways to correct existing problems, and integrate how slope stabilizer products will be part of this site plan. This process requires looking at drainage patterns and assessing how vegetation might affect slope stability.
Consider Different Stabilization Methods
Once you have a careful assessment and plan for your site, consider the available slope stabilization methods. A few slope stabilization techniques include:
● Retaining Walls
● Erosion Control Blankets
● Surface Soil Stabilizers
● Vegetation Reinforcement
Each soil stabilizer has unique properties and benefits. Consider your project's slope angle, length, soil type, and climate to decide which slope stabilizer product will deliver the best results on your hillside project.
Key Factors to Assess Soil Stabilizers
Once you have identified which products are most appropriate for your job site conditions, it's time to compare them side by side to see which one meets all of your needs. A few essential factors to look at are:
● Environmental impact
● Ease of application
Once you have narrowed down the list based on these criteria, you can decide which product is best for you and your project team.
Soil and Slope Stabilization with Envirotac
Environmental Products & Applications, Inc. can help save you time and money and provide peace of mind on your construction site. Contact Us to find out how Envirotac can help reduce the costly problems caused by ineffective erosion control.