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Block Paving - is 18 months on!

Discussion in 'DIY Disasters' started by cnagra, 7 Jun 2019.

  1. cnagra

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    Hey everyone. I had my block paving done around 18 months ago and it’s driven me mad since.

    Every time we have rain I see puddles of water. The contractor has attempted to “fix it” three times but I just goes back to what it was before. Same spots, if not in now more areas.

    This year I jet washed and re-sanded the whole drive. First time it rained we got puddles and now these areas have gone black.

    Anyone recommend next steps?

    Thank you.

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  2. blup

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    There are different views on jet washing block paving. When I did mine the levels were unaffected except for some areas where the compacted sand beneath the blocks got partially washed away.

    The black dirt is the residue after the pools of water have drained through the blockwork.

    It doesn't look too bad (to me) from the photos, but you might need something more fundamental than re setting a few blocks if the fall is to take all the water away.

    In my experience - as a DIYER - heavy rain always leaves pools unless the fall is really significant.

    Blup
     
  3. cnagra

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    Thank you for the reply.

    Glad to hear you don’t think it’s too bad. I have a very very flat drive, there no real way for a significant drop.

    One thing to note is the water does drain within an hour of rain stopping.

    Do you suggest I try to DIY raise the blocks with sand? Have been thinking about this for a while. Just to see if this makes any difference.
     
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    It could work, the trick would be to ensure it didn't create pooling elsewhere.

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    Yeah that’s the worry.

    This is the drive in full after it was laid. Do you see anything that could be different?

    As I mentioned. There wasn’t any real opportunity for a fall.

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    Only that the drainage is at the edge of the house, I would prefer it to be the other way in case blockages or really heavy rainfall.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Appreciate it
     
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    If it’s flat you have no chance, you will just move the puddles around.
     
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    Hi Ian. Thanks for the reply.

    Yeah it’s very flat and I have now wall or edge to start a drop from.

    Do you recommend anything else to improve drainage? Different “bricks” for example.
     
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    Can you put some drainage under the block paving?
     
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    Don’t think that’s something I could do.. wouldn’t have a clue how to do it and dig out the cement. Was looking at either different bricks.. different sand etc.
     
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    Perhaps underneath the blocks is flooded and some form of perforated pipe drain may help clear the area of water? Otherwise the puddles should evaporate/drain fairly quickly...How long are they staying for?
     
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    Even if you swapped for the permeable blocks you would still have trouble because they have a different subbase that’s like a big soakaway.

    I think you will just have to accept that when it rains you will get puddles.
     
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    If you want to go to the trouble of having it relaid you could create a slight "hump" across the middle so the front half drained back to the street and the back half drained into the aco's.
     
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    Finally stopped raining here (2 days straight). It took about an hour for all water to clear. That sound right?
     
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