Effects of Weather on Soil – How Soil Stabilization Helps
Under the right conditions, weather can be extremely beneficial to the surrounding area’s soil. In fact, weather creates soil. As the weather heats up, rocks grow in size. As it gets cold, the rocks crack and break into small chunks, which are then turned into soil. Over time, this process helps create a new layer of soil on which we build new structures and infrastructure. However, too much rainfall, which is all too common here in Texas, can lead to weakened soil and increased erosion. For existing structures, this weakening may mean structural damage over time. The foundation begins to crack, shift, and swell with the soil underneath. The resulting damage can be extensive and costly.
Furthermore, climate change is causing concern when it comes to soil stabilization. The overall impact of climate change on various soils is a relatively slow, yet complex, process. The soils are directly affected by climate change, but they also become a source of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.
Why Soil Stabilization is Important
When it comes to construction, soil is crucial. As soil will always be in direct contact with the structure in question, it acts as a sort of load transfer. The overall stress distribution through soil will directly impact the stability of the structure itself. If the soil is weakened or shifting, then the building will weaken or shift. This change is most evident in the concrete foundation.
If the soil has begun to shift and so does the foundation, you may be looking at considerable damage to the building. Interior and exterior walls can buckle and crumble, and the resulting damage is often dangerous.