How is Soil Stability Determined

The stability of the soil surrounding your latest construction project is incredibly important. If the ground under your feet is not solid, you run the risk of collapsing or shifting structures. It can set you back immensely. That’s not to mention the risk of injury associated with shifting soils. Fortunately, there is a comprehensive test used to determine the soil stability under your construction project. This test, administered by engineers, will help determine the overall stability of your soil.

Factors Affecting Soil Stability

There are a few common factors affecting soil structure. These factors will help determine whether your project can begin immediately or whether you need soil stabilization services first.

  • Climate – First, the climate of the region affects the soil. In a semi-arid area, for example, the soil aggregation is greater than in an arid region.
  • Organic Matter – During the decomposition phase, organic matter breaks down into compounds that tend to stick, cement, and bind the soil.
  • Tillage – Increased soil cultivation can improve penetrability but may ruin the overall soil structure, weakening the soil altogether.
  • Plant Roots – The roots of nearby plants can break through the soil structure and weaken the entire system. However, secretions from these plants act as binding agents for the soil, helping to form good soil structure.
  • Wetting and Drying – Here in Texas, we’re no stranger to sudden downpours. But that constant wetting and drying will take a toll on the soil. If the process is rapid, the soil is bound to break down faster.

Testing Soil Stability

There are DIY soil stability test kits available online, but most of these test kits fail to provide the same level of quality results and thorough readings that an engineer can offer. When testing the soil, technicians go over the entire area for your construction project.

During the testing phase, factors such as the overall quality of the soil will be thoroughly examined. At the same time, engineers will test the soil respiration, infiltration capabilities, bulk density, pH, soil nitrate, and aggregate stability.

If the results are unfavorable, soil stabilization can then take place to ensure the clay and soil underfoot does not shift or collapse, thereby ruining your building or infrastructure.

Now is the time to schedule soil stabilization services, including testing, for your upcoming project. Call Earthlok at 972-430-8629!