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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Subsurface Drainage Systems

If you have water accumulating around your home or garden, you have a serious problem on hand. Something will need to be done to get rid of the water to avoid permanent damage.

Subsurface drainage systems are a great way to get rid of water accumulation and while there are many benefits, there are some disadvantages too.

Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of subsurface drainage systems.

Advantages

  1. Prevents water overflow

Subsurface drainage systems work by directing water away from your property to prevent flooding. Too much water in your garden will, no doubt, kill your plants. It can also lead to the collection of stagnant water, which is mosquito breeding ground

  1. Decreases possibility of toxic materials

There’s a danger of toxic contamination whenever a flood occurs. If you have a sub drainage system installed, it will enable you to get rid of excess water and reduce the likelihood of contaminating your water supply.

  1. Reduces soil erosion

Passive water accumulation can make soil muddy over time, which can cause the soil to erode. Subsurface drainage systems reduce the chance of soil erosion in your garden by maintaining balanced moisture.

Disadvantages

  1. It can be expensive to install and maintain

Subsurface drainage systems can be costly to install. Additionally, it will need to be maintained on a regular basis to ensure it functions correctly. Make sure you check for blockages and debris that may be obstructing the flow of water regularly.

  1. Can contaminate bodies of water

If not well maintained, subsurface drainage systems can contribute to contamination issues. It can channel nitrate directly into large bodies of water close to you such as rivers and lakes.

If you find it challenging to get rid of the water that accumulates in your garden or around your home, then maybe you should consider investing in a subsurface drainage system. Get in touch with Techno Pave for a quote today.

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5 Ways To Keep Your Paving Looking Like New

Installing paving around your home will give it instant curb appeal. Brick pavers are extremely durable and if you take good care of them, they can last you a long time.

Additionally, they are quick and easy to maintain. That’s why they are the top choice for busy homeowners. If you follow these simple steps, your paving will look beautiful for many years to come.

  1. Sweep paving with a broom

Using a hard brush broom, regularly sweep your paving. This will get rid of dirt and debris that might stain paving when it rains, making it much harder to clean them later on.

  1. Rinse your paving

After you’ve done a thorough sweep, rinse paving with a hosepipe to get rid of dirt. Alternatively, use a pressure washer to deep clean or get rid of moss growth.

  1. Get rid of stains

If you have stains (other than oil), a simple solution is to mix dish soap with water and use some elbow grease. For oil stains, however, you’ll need an oil remover.

  1. Apply sealer to your paving

By applying sealer to your clean paving, you will prevent dirt and debris from penetrating and staining your pavers. It will also make them easier to clean. This should be done every year or two for the best results.

  1. Replace paving

The good thing about using brick pavers is that whenever a stone is damaged, it can easily be replaced without disturbing the paving around it. This will keep your paving looking brand spanking new at all times.

By following these easy steps, you too can have great looking paving. If you’re in the market for paving or you need a professional to replace some damaged pavers, why not give Techno Pave a call today?

5 Reasons Why You Should Automate Your Gate

Whether you’re installing new security fencing or just upgrading your current fencing, you’ll be faced with the decision of whether to install an automated gate or not. While it can be more affordable to opt for a manual gate, there are some things to consider before you make up your mind.

Below are 5 reasons why you should install an automatic gate:

  1. Safety

The number one reason for automating your gate is SAFETY. With the soaring crime rate in South Africa, automated entry to your home is a must to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Comfort

Let’s be honest, it’s comfortable. Pressing a button versus getting out of your car to open the gate – it’s a no-brainer really.

  1. Curb appeal

Automated gates come in various styles and designs. It can complement your property by adding an element of luxury to its aesthetics.

  1. Increase value of your property

In addition to improving curb appeal, an automated gate can increase your property value. Buyers will be more willing to pay a higher price if they see the added convenience and security of an automated gate.

  1. Lower insurance premiums

Homeowners insurance isn’t something you can do without. It is calculated by taking various things into consideration such as the size of your home, the crime rate in your neighbourhood and the safety measures installed in your home. Which is why an automated gate will ensure lower insurance premiums.

As you can see, there are numerous advantages to automating your gate that is well worth the investment. Before you install a new gate, consider the benefits of automated gates instead of the conventional manually operated gates.

For more information or an obligation free quote, get in touch with the team at Techno Pave today.

What Is Interlocking Paving And Why Should You Choose Them For Your Home?

In recent years, pavers have become the most popular choice for creating beautiful outdoor spaces. While paving stones date back to Roman history, many homeowners are starting to recognise the benefits of interlocking paving.

What does interlocking mean?

Paving bricks become interlocked when paver jointing sand is added during the installation process. By filling the joints completely, it locks pavers in place and creates friction. It is this friction that spreads the weight load over a larger area which makes it able to endure the weight of vehicles of all sizes.

Benefits of using Interlocking pavers

Pavers are durable but not rigid, unlike concrete and asphalt. Because they are individual units, they can move along with the shifting earth beneath them. This means that they won’t buckle or crack, and keep looking beautiful for longer.

Another benefit is that interlocking paving is easy to repair. If for any reason some of your paving bricks become damaged, it can be easily repaired by removing the broken paver and replacing it with a new one.

Interlocking pavers also have a lower moisture retention rate. Pavers are much denser than concrete, with little to none air pockets. The more air pockets, the lower the durability and the higher the chance of damage. Because interlocking pavers have lower moisture absorption rate, it’s better to use in wetter and colder climates. Due to its density, the water is unable to enter which decreases the risk of expansion.

When you have to decide between concrete, asphalt and interlocking paving, just keep in mind that pavers are more durable and will stay beautiful for many years. Just make sure you use a reputable paving company.

For the last 19 years, Techno Pave has been supplying Pretoria and surrounding areas with quality paving solutions. Give us a call for a free quote today!