Common Problems and Solutions Related to Interlocking Pavers
There’s no question that installing interlocking pavers in your outdoor space makes sense and offers quite a few benefits. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that can go wrong. If you don’t know what these things are, you may face serious (and costly) issues down the road.
Do you want to know what the secret to avoid some of the most common problems with interlocking pavers is?
Simply get to know what they are and how you can avoid them. Learn more here.
Uneven Pavers that Sit at Varied Heights
The most common cause for this is because the base they’ve been installed on isn’t deep enough or event. If your project site has clay soil, it means it will hold much more water than sandy soil. More water in the soil results in the ground expanding when it freezes, resulting in some pavers being pushed up, and out of place. When the ground finally thaws, the pavers may not b able to get back in their original position.
If this problem has already happened, there aren’t many options besides just starting over. As a result, it’s best to use the right foundation to begin with.
Pavers at a Fixed Edge Have Begun to Disappear
While there are several reasons this may occur, one of the most common is related to washout. Flowing water can cause the sand setting bed and the gravel base to wash away. This leaves the pavers with no foundation, which may cause them to go missing, too.
A good way to fix this is by using filter fabric beneath the base and up the sides of the project excavation. By doing this, you can prevent this problem. The good news is, with problems like these, you can fix the one area without having to start over completely.
An Area of Your Pavers Has Settled
The main reason this will happen is because of a lack of proper compaction. This is most commonly seen in a location where a pool or house has been recently constructed and backfilled. In these situations, the backfilled soils were probably not compacted as they began to be filled in. This can also occur if the ground beneath the pavers has ever been dug up and then not properly filled back in. This may occur if you had a tree stump dug up or if you had to have an underground utility line repaired.
This is something that can be repaired by pulling up all the pavers affected and then adding more gravel to the base and ensuring that it is compacted properly. After the base is restored to the proper level, you can reinstall your pavers.
As you can see there are more than a few issues that can occur when installing interlocking pavers. With the information here, you should be able to repair many of these problems. It’s also a good idea to work with a professional if you are unsure of how to proceed. They can help ensure you get the “fix” you need to restore the look of your outdoor space.
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