The majority of paver problems can be avoided during installation. This is because in most cases, paver problems arise when the pavers are not resting on a solid base. That is why in this post we will be looking at the steps you should take during excavation in order to avoid expensive paver repairs San Diego in the near future. Here are the top things you should do.
Mark where the utility lines pass through
This is without a doubt the most important thing you should do. Often times, paver problems start after pavers have been removed to access utility lines and then re-installed improperly. Other problems arise because utility pipes are leaking and causing problems from under the pavers. To avoid such issues, which often lead to expensive paver repairs San Diego, you should start by contacting your utility company and ask them to send someone that will mark the location of all the utility lines. That way you will avoid damaging these lines during excavation.
Excavate to the right depth
Now that you know what lies underneath your landscape, you can go ahead and start the excavation. If you are working on an area that will be affected only by foot traffic, you need base material of between 4” and 6“. For the driveways, the base material should be no less than 12”. With this in mind, you can figure out how deep the base should be. As you excavate, make sure you add at least 1” for the sand layer and the height of the pavers. You must also excavate at least 6” to 12” beyond the boundaries of the project to allow for the installation of edge restraints. Working with a professional paver installer will help avoid working with guesswork.
Choose the right base material
The base material is what will give your pavers a solid base and keep them from sinking. Base material is usually coarse, crushed stone that has sharp irregular edges. The best material must remain strong after being compacted. It should also drain properly. This is because poor drainage and poor structural integrity can damage the entire project and lead to expensive paver repairs.
When laying the base, add at least 6 inches at a time into the excavated area. You then need to compact the material before adding more. Repeat the process until you attain the right depth. Having a well compacted base is very important. Keep in mind that laying the base outside the boundaries of the paver will make the project more stable. The final step is installing edge restraints then a layer of sand to help the materials hold the pavers in place.
While it may seem easy, always work with an expert when installing pavers. That way your dream will be brought to life and will last long without costing you a lot in repairs and restorations.