Protecting the area around your construction site is vital. Learn how filter sock erosion control benefits your jobsite.
What Are Filter Socks?
Filter socks go by many names, like erosion tubes, mulch filter socks, soil socks, and silt socks. Regardless of what you call it, its functionalities are the same. A filter sock is a large, plastic or fabric mesh tube filled with a special compost mulch blend.
Filter socks have been gaining popularity as the preferred perimeter and erosion control product in the construction and landscaping industries. This low-impact development (LID) tool or low-tech method prevents water runoff. Failure to prioritize erosion control could result in contamination and site destabilization.
The Benefits of Filter Sock Erosion Control
Filter socks are a cheaper, more efficient, and more user-friendly alternative to other erosion control methods. For example, silt fences are a practical option too, but unlike filter socks they require dismantling and are higher maintenance. The filter sock traps contaminants, so your crew can rest assured that they’re protecting the area from harmful sediment and impurities.
Additionally, many municipalities require proper erosion control methods for construction sites, especially those near water. If you don’t use filter sock erosion control or another method for your project, you could be charged a hefty fine and face a tarnished reputation.
Filter sock erosion control also provides:
You can’t control the rain, but your filter socks can control where runoff rainwater flows. Filter socks are one of the most trusted stormwater mitigation methods. They’re durable enough to work under extreme conditions like freezing rain and extremely low temperatures during winter—sometimes, they’re installed on frozen ground.
Filter socks can slow and redirect stormwater to prevent it from contaminating the local water supply. They also reduce the speed of water flowing down low slope banks. This keeps your site from becoming too wet and muddy and potentially reversing your progress.
Filter socks are perfect for promoting stabilization, which is essential during project development. Roads and new establishments must be built on solid ground with a sturdy foundation. After you mechanically or chemically lock the soil in place, filter socks keep water from ruining the progress and costing your team tons of money and time.
Filter socks prevent channel bed erosion in rivers and ponds. They can also be used within living retaining walls or erodible soil to promote healthy vegetation growth.
Filter socks are composed of 100% recycled, natural materials. After construction is complete, they can be cut open and you can spread the contents over your project site to promote new vegetative growth.
Additionally, mulch filter socks are reusable. For smaller projects, some contractors transport them from one site to another. If it was treated properly on the first site, it’ll work wonders for the next site as well.
Not incorporating erosion control into your project can be an expensive mistake. However, implementing filter sock erosion control is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your project site safe and secure. While filter sock erosion control isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, it’s essential for stability. They’re typically made with natural materials, so they’re inexpensive and relatively easy to obtain.
Varsity, Inc. Provides Professional Filter Sock Erosion Control
Varsity, Inc. is dedicated to keeping your jobsite or property in pristine condition. In addition to commercial landscaping solutions, we also provide proven erosion control methods that protect your site and the developments, residents, and wildlife nearby.
Our compost filter mulch socks are safe and effective for sediment control. They come in various sizes to suit the needs of your commercial site or construction project. Our main goal is to perform our services correctly to keep you in good standing with local council requirements. Don’t let soil erosion ruin your property. Call Varsity today to discuss your needs and partner with us.
Varsity Inc. has been providing a full range of landscape related services to the Northeast commercial and industrial markets since 1974.