What Causes Erosion & How It Can Be Prevented?

Erosion is a pretty big force, and when it comes to stopping it, it may seem like there is not much you can do.

Have you seen the Grand Canyon or any other valley? That is what erosion can do. Although it can have small or large impacts, there are still things you can do to prevent it.

What is Erosion?

Erosion is how the Earth gets worn down. Natural elements from weather, such as wind, rain, and ice can cause the surface of the earth to move and shift. Sometimes erosion can cause beauty, and sometimes it can cause damage. It is all due to the force of gravity. Since water, air, and ice tend to flow from one destination to the next, they leave a trace wherever they go. This is why streams and lakes get muddy after storms, why rocks are round, and how valleys or even cliffs are formed.

Erosion is mainly caused by natural elements, but it can be sped up by the human race and animals. Things such as construction, farming, mining, animal grazing, and recreational activities can also have an effect on soil. For example, riding your dirt bike around on soil makes it move and shift quicker than it would naturally.

If your property is not properly managed, it could suffer from soil shifts that can be caused naturally or by humanity. It could lead to a multitude of problems, including damaging the foundation of your house.

Erosion Prevention

Erosion damage can be extensive and expensive to repair, which means doing anything to prevent it can help save you time, money, and bring you peace of mind. The erosion control specialists at Supreme Enterprises know what can be done to protect you and your property from the damaging effects of soil erosion.

Our erosion control methods include:

  • Planting vegetation. Planting vegetation is a powerful way to prevent erosion. The roots can actually help hold the soil together. This means trees, grass, shrubs, and more can not only decorate your property but help prevent it from being damaged by erosion. Planting plants with large leaves can also be of benefit in blocking rain that would otherwise break the soil apart.

  • Improving drainage. Planting vegetation is not the only way to prevent erosion. Drainage solutions can help with heavy rains to prevent erosion in certain areas of your property. Water is the primary cause of erosion, which means without a proper drainage solution on your property, it can do major damage.

How to Tell if You Have a Drainage Problem

You do not need a professional to know you have a drainage problem.

You may have a drainage problem that could potentially cause an erosion issue if you have noticed:

  • Water stains in a basement
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Mildew in an attic
  • Mineral deposits on basement walls
  • Gullies in your landscape
  • Silt on pathways
  • Mulch in places it doesn’t belong
  • Wetness in a crawl space
  • Discolored carpet near an exterior wall
  • Water ponding on patios, sidewalks, or driveways
  • Water in the garage when it rains
  • Sticking windows
  • Bowing basement walls
  • Musty odors

If you notice any of these warning signs, you will want to call a professional right away. Solutions are not all the same, but some common types of problems include lawns that have low spots and collect water, inadequate infiltration, excessive storm runoff, and poor drainage that leads to oversaturated soil.

Call an Erosion Control Professional Today

Erosion control and prevention are different for every property, which means you will need professionals who can create a custom plan for your specific situation. It is crucial to take these steps to protect your home, so don’t delay.

Call Supreme Enterprises LLC today at to request an assessment.

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