Loose pavers on pathways and roads
Loose pavias are a very common occurrence especially in older developments. These can provide safety hazards especially for toddlers and the elderly. When discovered, loose pavias during routine site inspections of the development, they will be reported to our contractors for rectification, however, we do ask our residents and tenants to contact us immediately should they discover any, but are unsure if they have been reported to us.
While our maintenance contractors are on site we will instruct them to check the remainder of the pavias to ensure there aren't any further loose pavers on potentials in the future.
Pavias can become loose and uneven for various reasons. Many of which are caused by the invasion of shrub or tree roots, forcing them up from below ground, however they can be caused by rain water. If rain water is able to seep under the paving slab via nooks and crannies it can wash away the bedding sand rendering the pavias unstable, or in some cases during inclement weather conditions, rain water could freeze, dislodging the paving slab as the water turns to ice and expands. This can be significantly reduced by ensuring the pointing work is kept in pristine condition however good pointing is no defence against a large tree root.
Unfortunately on the rare occasion, some builders have been known to take short cuts and it has been known for the incorrect sand and cement mix be laid under the paving slabs. For example if they have been laid on a dry sand base, this will eventually affect the overall stability of the paving slabs.