Humans are adaptable creatures. They can live anywhere, build homes anywhere, and survive anywhere. They have been doing it for thousands of years. Yet, it was only within the last few centuries that humans discovered how to build on soil that was neither sturdy nor permanent. Soil stabilization was an effective tool for finally being able to build on soil that would not have supported a boulder, let alone a living space structure. Here are a few reasons why it is so important now for you to stabilize soil before you build anything on it.
Erosion in Massive Landslides
Recent news stories of homes lost in massive landslides to embankments along rushing rivers are jaw-dropping. The stories show large portions of homes being ripped away from the rest of the structures, sliding and falling into the nearby rivers. This is not slow erosion over the years eventually taking a part of your home. This is soft soil giving way and sliding in a giant wedge into the nearby water. If these homeowners had stabilized the soil before building on it, their homes would still be standing.
Damage to the Home's Foundation and Outer Walls
Soft soil, sandy soil, and loamy soil with no real integrity to it will cause the foundation of a home to sink into the ground in a very uneven way. When it does, the foundation will begin to pull away in the direction of the sinking. If left unrepaired, the damage extends into the walls above the sinking and cracking foundation until you have thousands of dollars of damage to your home that extends from foundation to roof. Detection of unstable soil and injection of concrete into that soil before you build will prevent all of the above.
Sinkhole Discovery and Damage Prevention
Sinkholes, while fascinating phenomena, are also terrifying phenomena. You would want to avoid building a house over a sinkhole at all costs, if you can. The good news is that, if you buy a house that is already built on top of a known sinkhole (a very bizarre prospect indeed!), then you might be able to utilize some soil stabilization techniques to prevent more extensive damage to the house if and when the sinkhole opens up.
For example, if the sinkhole were to open up now, you would probably lose a large percent of your home to the sinkhole. Now, if you stabilize the surrounding soil, you may only lose twenty or thirty percent of your home when the sinkhole decides to drop. It would still be devastating, but maybe not as bad.
Contact local concrete contractors for more information about soil stabilization.