In order to beautify their property or for other personal reasons, homeowners often install pavers for their patios, sidewalks, driveways, and backyard entertainment areas. Pavers are available in a wide range of colors, patterns, styles, and shapes that enhance your property’s value. With proper installation, pavers need little maintenance and last for a long time.
On the other hand, if pavers are installed incorrectly, the results can be quite damaging, both structurally and aesthetically. The improper installation of a paver base and flawed grading of pavers can cause your pavers to sink. Although it’s recommended to go for expert assistance to repair sinking pavers in Florida, you can also DIY by following these steps.
Step1: Remove Pavers
While a paving stone sinks, you have to get beneath it to perform any repairs. It’s especially challenging to extract a central paver. However, there are some techniques that can help you with that.
At first, scrape out all the soil and other build up that has accumulated in your paver’s gap from all sides. This way, you get some room to maneuver and get the paver out. You will need a thick wire that can be bent, so you can make a hook and pull out the paver with it. With around four hooks, you can easily lift it from the foundation.
There’s also the option to use a crowbar. However, make sure to shield the surrounding pavers with a small piece of ply or else they can get chipped.
Step 2: Dig Out the Base
Replace the foundation to build a level surface. Although it’s necessary to dig out the base from beneath the paver, don’t eliminate the foundation from beneath the surrounding pavers. For this purpose, dig a 1-inch square on each side.
Step 3: Replace the Foundations
It’s a simple procedure to replace the foundations. Start with the gravel that’s sitting atop the soil. It must be compressed down so it’s laid on the soil in a stable and neat manner. Add a thin sand layer on the gravel – it serves as the paver’s base. Also, compress it to make sure that it’s level with the surrounding pavers’ base and stays fully flat.
Step 4: Replace the Paver
Next, you have to lower the paver into place, which can be quite complex and you will need some assistance. Get two people to make sure that it is lowered properly and the base remains smooth. To complete the task, add sand to the gaps around the pavers’ edges and keep brushing the sand until the area is filled.
It’s understandable to get overwhelmed by the paver repair process, especially as someone who’s never done it before. Therefore, get in touch with us, so we can help you to repair sinking pavers in Florida.