Did you just buy your dream home or have a major renovation behind you? And still want to quickly pave the driveway or garden? Paving a driveway yourself can save costs, or you can hire professionals such as local landscapers.
However, you will often need an excavator to work the ground or may need to dig deeper than 40 inches with a shovel. Whether you are an individual or a company. Remember that you are then required to file an excavation notice to prevent excavation damage to cables and pipes.
This will save you direct and indirect repair costs, prevent delays and nuisance, and reduce risks to health and the environment. Read on for more helpful tips when paving your driveway or backyard.
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Paving your driveway is an important step in improving your home and yard. A properly landscaped driveway not only increases the value of your home, but also provides greater safety and comfort.
The National Digital Infrastructure Inspectorate (RDI) report shows that more than 4,400 excavation damages were reported in paving work in the Netherlands in 2021. This means that paving work is in the top 10 activities that cause the most excavation damage. So it is very important to pay attention when performing paving work to prevent excavation damage.
There are many reasons why so many excavation damages occur during paving operations. It varies in each situation, of course. But the most common causes are, for example, that no excavation report has been made. As a result, no information is available about where the cables and pipes are in the ground.
It may also be that there is no valid area information (Klic report) at the excavation site or that no (house) connection sketches have been requested.
Sometimes the cable or pipeline is not located or inadequately located, or inadequate manual pre-digging has been done prior to machine digging.
It may also be that the cable or pipeline is in an abnormal horizontal location, so it is not seen or not expected at that location.
Enough reasons to be extra careful and in any case always request the mandatory excavation report and have it digitally in your pocket while working.
Step 1: Design your driveway or garden in advance
Before you start paving your driveway, it is important to design the layout and the material you want to use. Think about the size of the stones and how you want to lay them.
It is important to consider the size of your driveway and the number of cars that will be parked on it.
Step 2: Prepare the ground
Before you start laying the stones, you need to prepare the ground. Make the ground level and free of weeds and grass. Thus, using a shovel or a backhoe, dig the ground to make the required space. It is important to file a Klic report when digging to avoid damaging cables or pipes.
An extra tip is to pay attention to drainage and think carefully about edging.
Step 3: Lay the stones
Laying the stones is an important step. Make sure you lay the stones correctly and follow the design you made earlier. Make sure the bricks fit together well and the seams are not too large.
For example, stretch a string to make sure that in a straight line you pave.
Step 4: Levelling and grouting
After laying the stones, it is time to fill the seams between them. This can be done, for example, with grout. This ensures that the stones are more firmly joined together and that no water can run between the seams. Let the grout harden well before continuing.
Use a vibrating plate to vibrate the paving.
It is important to make a Klic report before you start digging. This allows you to see which cables and pipes are in the ground and prevents excavation damage and unnecessary costs.
A Klic report is mandatory according to the WIBON legislation and can be easily requested via klic-app.nl. Want to know more about digging in the garden or soil? Then read the article more about the rules in the garden. For more knowledge articles about ground excavation, we would also like to refer you to ikgagraven.nl.