By Rick Jackson // 2020-08-10
Erosion Control Blankets are often utilized, if not required, on construction sites to aid in the stabilization of sloped soils. However, they are often improperly installed. The proper installation of the blankets can usually be found on detail pages located in the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan or SWPPP also a site Sediment and Erosion Control Plan. Several States, like Delaware, also have very detailed plans for the proper installation of Erosion Control Blankets in an Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook.
The uptrend sites with the improper installation of Erosion Control Blankets is concerning seeing they are usually installed by an erosion control company. An improperly installed blanket can be hard to identify at times. The easiest way to notice improper installation of blankets is when they are rolled horizontally along the slope instead of vertically from top to bottom. Some of the more difficult things to notice are stapling patterns and edge overlaps. Some may be wondering why the installation of these blankets is important. The reasons are simple. The improper installation of a blanket will result in a failure to stabilize the soil from potential erosion. The blankets are only as good as the installation.