The word ‘slap’ has become a catchphrase used to describe the way asphalt chips away at the foundations of your home and you end up with a pile of rubble.
But when the ground is still in place, there’s nothing that can be done to stop the earth from sinking, according to experts.
“There’s no physical way to fix it,” said Bruce Anderson, who works in the asphalt industry in Victoria.
“It’s just the earth on the surface of the earth.”
“A lot of people don’t understand the difference between asphalt and cement,” said Andrew Goulston, an urban architect who specializes in urban design.
“If you want to fix concrete or asphalt, you have to do it by hand.”‘
You just can’t do anything’For the past several decades, the City of Victoria has been trying to do something about the problem, but it’s been a long, slow process.
Anderson says there have been five major recommendations that have been put forward to help fix the problem.
They’ve included a $2 million fund, $5 million to hire consultants to develop a way to repair the surface, and a $1 million project to repair a portion of the concrete in your neighbourhood.
“It’s kind of like if you were a homeowner and you had a piece of debris that fell off your roof and you didn’t know where it came from,” Anderson said.
“If it had fallen onto the foundation, then it could have done some damage and then it wouldn’t be so catastrophic.”
So it was something that was on the radar.
“Anderson says that once the work was done, the city started to see a decrease in the number of cases of severe cracks.
Now, Anderson said, the rate of deterioration is dropping by at least 50 per cent.”
It just can://t do anything,” said Anderson. “
I think that it’s a really good sign that the City is taking it seriously and that they’re doing something.”
“It just can://t do anything,” said Anderson.
Anderson said it’s very difficult to get the job done and it’s not always practical to spend $50,000 on a contractor to do the work.
So he said it was time for the city to take a different approach.
“We need to invest in the contractors and the people who will do the job, because the cost is not worth it,” he added.
“I don’t know if it will be the right time or not, but I think it’s time to go back to the drawing board and try something else.”
“There’s not a lot of money to invest into the contractors that would help solve this problem, so it’s hard to do,” he told CBC News.
“The fact is, we’re just not doing it.
And it’s pretty clear that it won’t be until we do something that’s a lot more proactive than the city is.”
Anderson said that the city will look at new construction techniques to deal with the issue, including creating more natural pathways around the cracks.
“You can actually actually just dig a little bit deeper into the cracks and the problem will disappear,” he explained.
“That’s going to cost you, but if you’re going to go to that depth, then you’ve got to have a bit more faith in that, that there’s a way out.”
For Anderson, the best way to tackle this problem is to try and find other ways to fix the problems, rather than trying to fix a problem that can’t be fixed.