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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Why You Should Consider Dust Control On Your Home's Long Driveway

by Mike Brewer

If your long dirt driveway is very dusty during the dry summer months, then you should consider having a dust control agent applied to it. Dust is very harmful to your family, pets, and your property in a variety of ways:

  • it damages automotive and home paint
  • it causes limited visibility for drivers
  • it stunts surrounding vegetation's growth

In addition, dust particles are very hard on human and pet lungs. The small size of road dust can be a very bad allergy irritant.

Roadway Dust Control and Erosion

Not only is dust control a health issue, it is also damaging to your driveway to lose its surface dirt. As the dirt continues to be released from the road by vehicle traffic, the roadway will erode. Eventually, your driveway will washboard and then form ruts. This leads to a lot of required road maintenance that can be very expensive. Utilizing dust control agents will help to preserve your road from erosion and damage from traffic.

Types of Roadway Dust Control 

There are many byproducts from manufacturing industries that are used as road dust control agents, such as:

  • agricultural industry byproduct oils
  • lignin sulfonates
  • pine resins

Some popular agricultural industry byproduct oils are generated from the processing of milk and soybeans. With the milk option, whey is used for its ability to coat the roadway and retain moisture. Whey is typically a byproduct from bottling milk and is otherwise dumped into a landfill or sewer system.

Lignin sulfonates are created by mixing water with the waste byproduct lignin, which is created during the process of making paper. Lignin is a natural binding material and works well to conglomerate small particles of dust and soil to keep them from blowing around.

Sometimes pine resins are also used as natural road sealants. The pine resins are mixed with other agents and then applied to the roadway. This type of dust suppression agent typically requires one to two days to cure and dry on the roadway.

Conclusion

As you can clearly see, there is no reason to keep suffering from dust on your long driveway this summer. Having a dust control agent applied to your driveway can greatly reduce the health effects to your family and your pets and help your home and automobiles as well. If you are interested in having a road dust control agent applied to your driveway, then you should contact a local paving contractor, like GMCO Corporation, for more information. 

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