Drought issues

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by jonlavonne, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah, there are some pretty smart azz replies to this thread from some self proclaimed know it alls.

    Back to topic. I have never seen a patio separate because of drought but I could see it happen. Right now the cracks in the ground are big enough that you better not drop your keys. Also, the cracks are numerous. I have heard of basement foundations cracking in drought conditions due to the earth pulling away from the foundation.
  2. grizzly

    grizzly LawnSite Member
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    I am having issues on my personal patio where the clay has shrunk away from the paver patio and some of the outer ring of pavers are cracking away.
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    How bout warranty?

    While we're on the subject, my house came with a one yr warranty. Most patios are warrantied for five. I think that's great for selling but terrible in terms of risk and liability. Here is an example of the risk.

    Does your warranty sheet address shrinking of the soil?
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  4. jonlavonne

    jonlavonne LawnSite Member
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    Obviously this issue is not a result of shoddy work and not the installers fault. I guess I have mixed feelings about fixing the problem. I will probably do the repairs free of charge if it seems to be an issue. This is an issue I may want to address with future installs to protect myself from this. We too are seeing issues with foundations and concrete drives and walks. Watering your foundation is a must when it gets this bad.
  5. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What region of Mo are you from? All of Mo is DRY to the bone....southwest is 12" down on rain. I'm soaking an inherited pond right now just so it's workable.

    July has been one helluva ride this summer, I'm so glad the heat has broke. Hi of 78* tomorrow, so I'm glad I have my Carhardts in the truck. Thankful for the installs this year because maintenance is non existent.
  6. Red Shed Landscaping

    Red Shed Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I started getting calls after I read this thread about how the pavers are separating. I haven't heard anything before but now that I read about it people seem to be calling. One we did only a month ago and another we did last fall. The pavers have separated in areas. I took up a few pavers and the sand and gravel was cracked as well. We put fabric under the gravel base too. It is so strange that this is happening but seems to be from the drought since I have never had this happen before. Right now I am just filling in with more polymer and hope that fixes it unless someone has a different answer.
  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like a disadvantage of using pavers.

    Just think - there are contractors that do 30 plus jobs a year and have been doing that many for the last 4 years. What if 120 clients call and want their separated pavers fixed?

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