Soil Stabilisation

How Does Soil Stabilisation Work?

Many of us simply never think about the ground that we walk on each day.

However when you stop to think that everything from your home to your car to your child’s school is sitting on foundations in the ground, it makes you realise just how important the stabilisation of soil really is.

What Is Soil Stabilisation?

The term ‘soil stabilisation’ refers to the process in which the physical properties of soil are changed. This is generally done to improve its strength and durability.

By stabilizing soil, it has an improved weight bearing capacity and is more resistant to water damage or extreme weather conditions.

Far from being a newly devised process, soil stabilization has occurred in various forms for thousands of years.

Soil Stabilisation

Soil Stabilisation

When Is Soil Stabilization Used?

According to Urathane Solutions, soil stabilization is often essential for road construction and when considering the building and maintenance of other infrastructure. Soil stabilization is often used in areas where there are extreme weather conditions such as significant rainfall, drought or very cold temperatures. 

The easiest method to identify whether your house might need soil stabilization, is during a building inspection (from a licenced inspector).

What Are The Different Types of Soil Stabilization?

  1. Mechanical

This is the type of soil stabilization most traditionally used. It involves physically changing the property of the soil in order to affect its gradation and solidity. There are a variety of mechanical soil stabilization techniques including:

  • Dynamic Compaction – this is when a heavy weight is dropped over and over onto the ground in order to pound out deformities. At the end of the procedure, the surface is uniformly packed.
  • Vibro Compaction – this uses vibration through kinetic force to achieve a uniformly packed surface.
  1. Chemical

This type of soil stabilization is when additional materials are added to the soil in order to change the properties via a chemical reaction or interaction.

Chemical soil stabilization has happened for many hundreds of years and developed greatly in recent decades. Additional materials added to soil  can include:

  • Cement
  • Lime
  • Fly Ash
  • Kiln Dust
  1. Polymer/Alternative

This is the newest type of soil stabilization and the process relies on polymers and other substances that are often cheaper and can be more effective than older methods.

Many advocates for polymer soil stabilization also point to the lower risk these pose to the environment compared to chemical processes. More information can be found on this Adelaide roofing company’s website.

House Repairs

Common Home and Foundation Repairs

What Are The Typical Things That You’ll Need To Get Repaired around the home?

When life gets busy and you’re rushing around, the last thing you feel like you have time to think about is repairing bits of your home.

Often we leave it for as long as possible before we act on repair work, often waiting until a situation becomes far worse than it should be before doing something about it. However, regular maintenance and repair work could save you huge amounts of time and money.

What Needs Repairing?

The answer to this is often obvious.

Have a look around your house and note down things that have changed or that you’ve noticed have worsened in their condition.

Always check areas such as:

  • Cracked Walls
  • Rotting Door Frames
  • Cracks and rotting in Window Frames
  • Sinking Floors
  • Damp patches
  • Weather damage to exterior parts of your house
  • Weak Foundations

Typical Problems In the Home

Many homes are actually unlevel due to weak ground or subsidence.

The signs of this include:

  • Internal or External Wall Cracks
  • Swelling in window and door frames preventing opening and closing
  • Cracked floors

To repair an unlevel house requires a variety of processes including foundation or footing repair or even building re-levelling.

This needs to be done as quickly as possible once signs emerge in order to avoid the situation getting worse.

House Repairs

Weather Damage can also create problems within the home. You should always keep an eye on the effect of direct sunlight on paintwork and exterior surfaces in your home as regular maintenance and upkeep helps to avoid problems worsening.

If you live in an area with extreme temperatures or conditions, always check your home for cracks, swelling or damage in the wood, stone or exterior materials. Keep all your drainpipes clear of leaves and debris to avoid build up of rainwater and potential flooding or damp damage.

Quick Action, Quick Results

Generally, the earlier you spot any issues and employ an expert to help you solve them, the quicker they can be fixed.

When left for longer periods of time, issues can develop and get worse – often meaning that the cost of repairing them will be greater and the disturbance caused to you could be much more than what it would have been.

Although it’s tempting to ignore issues, quick action could save you time, money and stress in the long run.