Understanding erosion control is critical to any Houston commercial property manager who has to deal with slopes on their properties, has a site located near waterways or must fight occasional extreme weather conditions. In fact, not following erosion control processes and procedures during commercial landscape construction can be very costly.
Many city and state municipalities have ordinances in place to minimize the level of sediment and other pollutants carried off by runoff into lakes, streams and wetlands. Erosion impacting storm sewers and right-of-ways can even cause inspectors to take notice of erosion control measures on your property.
First, let’s better define erosion. The word erosion means the detachment of soil, sediment or rock/stone fragments caused by water, wind, ice or plain gravity. When this soil is washed away, so are other things in the soil like pesticides and fertilizers. And this is where local municipalities take notice and can fine properties not following proper measures.
Water is the biggest culprit of erosion in Houston. In fact, Houston receives an average rainfall of nearly 53 inches each year—35 percent higher than the national average and 48 percent more than the average rainfall in Texas, WeatherDB.com says.
But what makes water even more damaging is when heavy rainfall follows extreme drought that makes the ground so hard and dry, lacking the absorption capabilities to properly and quickly soak up rain water before it can wash soil away.
Then when soil is carried away, it can cause uneven ground in the form of cracks, ridges and rises that can actually become safety and tripping hazards on busy commercial facilities.
Protect your Houston commercial property with these four erosion control options.