The innovation of home property development has led to our prosperity. With increasing knowledge and advancing technology, we have found new ways to build. Ways that can withstand all kinds of conditions, environments, and land types.
From sloping blocks to sandy lakeside retreats, we are finding more and more ways to build structures that last. Structures and homes that can endure both the environment and the often unstable areas we choose to build on.
In the past, extreme weather events such as floods and land destabilisation have devastated homes and even whole communities.
Now, we can detect these problems before they do damage, evacuating danger zones, and mitigating the worst circumstances that could lead to permanent structural damage to your home or property and erosion and subsidence caused by unstable land and water movement.
Similarly, we can use new insight and technology to help prevent the occurrence of erosion – big and small.
If you live at a property that is close to a slope or has a slope on your property itself, you might want to take note of the following ways to prevent landslides.
Even if landslides aren’t an immediate concern for you, this information can come in handy.
1. Maintain Garden Vegetation
Plants are exceedingly useful lifeforms. Most of the time, we think of them as the entities that recycle the carbon dioxide in the air into the oxygen that we breathe.
They gain nourishment from the soil to grow into beautiful structures that house and feed animals.
What you might not be aware of is that the roots of plants bind and hold together the soil under our feet.
Without the presence of plants, especially on inclined areas, heavy rains can encourage the earth beneath our feet to come loose and become a landslide.
Besides being a barrier to erosion, having healthy vegetation on slopes can beautify the area around your home.
Especially when you have larger plants such as trees, rather than plants that only cover the surface of the soil, it helps to maintain the water cycle.
This, in turn, serves to minimize extreme weather and heavy rainfall that help create the conditions for landslides.
2. Prevent Excessive Runoff Around Your home
One of the things to look out for when slopes are concerned is runoff. Erosion is often caused by a combination of too much water and loose or rocky soil with a shallow topsoil.
They are increasingly likely to happen when slopes are bare or have poor structural integration. The risk of landslides heightens when heavy rains occur.
As such, you should always try to limit the amount of water that travels down slopes. Water, such as from drains, should never be directed towards hilly or inclined areas.
That said, you should also avoid putting in irrigation systems or pools in such areas.
3. Introduce Proper Drainage
Giving rainwater a place to go, other than passing through steep areas of land, can help prevent the occurrence of subsidence.
By putting in a drainage system meant to reroute a good portion of rainwater elsewhere quickly and efficiently you can lessen the movement of your homes substrate.
4. Stabilize Sloping Blocks
One way you can prevent landslides is by stabilizing existing slopes. This can be done by using shotcrete.
Shotcrete is the easiest method as it applies concrete directly onto the surface of the slope. This method serves to reinforce the slopes and provide them with greater structural integrity. You can also choose to construct structures such as piles or retaining walls.
5. Reduce Slope Steepness in Your Yard
This method of landslide prevention involves a lot of work and manipulation but may be desirable, especially if the slope involved is of a smaller size.
By modifying the geometry of the slope, you can make inclines less steep. As such, it will become less prone to landslides.
6. Monitor Soil Quality Around the Property
This may seem like a more passive preventative measure but serves equally well to mitigate the effects of landslides.
By keeping a close eye on the soil quality and structural integrity of slopes, it is possible to get an early warning for risk-prone areas and quickly introduce ways to counter oncoming threats.
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