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MAINTENANCE

Maintenance analysis program required – catch an issue before it develops.

Erosion Damage

Erosion is often the symptom and not the disease. Ongoing erosion (erosion in the same location) is often the symptom of a flaw in the watershed system surrounding the project area. This issue can often be reduced, and even eliminated, by adjusting the areas surrounding the aggregate surface. Divert water where possible using culverts, berms, and drains. If you do experience erosion damage, first look at ways to get the water away or slow the water down that’s causing the damage. Second, replace the lost aggregate with new blended aggregate material following the guidelines found in the Maintenance Page link below

Removing Debris

Remove grass clippings, soil, debris or organic material by mechanically blowing or hand raking as needed.

Removing Snow

When plowing snow, use a shoe lift or rubber baffle on the blade of the plow to lift the blade up ¼” off the surface. Extra precautions should always be taken during the shoulder seasons (i.e. just before and just after winter) while the temperature hovers around freezing, as this is when the material is most prone to damage (i.e.the ground is not yet frozen).

Excess Loose Material

As the surface weathers with traffic and time, the larger particles of the aggregate will loosen on the surface to create a natural look that leads to the “crunch underfoot” texture that is often sought after in natural settings. If loose material exceeds a ¼” depth, redistribute the particles over a greater surface, scarify the surface to a depth of 1”, water to a 1” depth, and compact with a roller of no less than 1000 lbs. In areas where a large roller is not available, you can use a vibratory plate tamper or a manual hand tamper if needed. Keep traffic off for 24-72 hours.

Rejuvunation/Fixing Damaged Area

Soak, scarify with a rake or nail drag and compact. Consult your dealer if you feel more material is needed to be integrated.

Fixing Damaged Areas