When it comes to designing a new structure and finally beginning the construction phase, the soil underneath will play a crucial role. As the soil will come in direct contact with the building, it acts as a sort of load-bearing system and transfers forces from the structure. It’s important to analyze the soil to consider stress distribution and swelling potential. Here in Texas, we frequently deal with swelling clay soil. With the constant wetting and drying from sudden downpours, the soil takes on a liquified property and can cause a structure to crack or crumble in short order. Professional soil stabilization is the answer.
What is Soil Stabilization?
First, let us dive into the very basics of soil stabilization. What is soil stabilization? The entire process involves the utilization of engineering techniques to turn weak soil into a strong base for construction projects. The stabilization process ensures the soil is stable by reducing the permeability and increasing its overall strength. The result is a strong soil with enhanced bearing capacity.
The Importance of Soil Stabilization
Your latest structure or roadway needs a stable foundation to ensure the best construction and durability. The foundation itself must rest on a strong soil that is able to transfer the entire load of the building adequately. If the soil is weak, over time it will compact and begin to swell. This swelling soil, which is common with Texas’ clay soil, leads to the entire structure shifting. The very walls of the building will begin to buckle.
If the soil swells too much, it can be disastrous to the structure. There will be noticeable cracks forming in the foundation, which then result in the building itself succumbing to the forces of nature.
It’s not just buildings undergoing soil stabilization before construction. Many construction companies also schedule soil stabilization services when constructing new roadways, overpasses, parking lots, and even airfields. As the soil swells, it can cause cracks, bumps, and weakened pavement that could prove dangerous in time. On a roadway, any noticeable damage can easily lead to an accident. On a runway, the results can be even more devastating, dangerous, and costly.