Loose or otherwise unstable soil can be a common problem, but individuals are often uninformed when it comes to the problems that this can pose or the steps for addressing it. Luckily, it is not difficult to learn enough about this problem to be better prepared.
Why Would The Soil Need To Be Stabilized?
One of the most common needs for stabilizing soil will be to build on the ground. When the soil is loose, it may not be able to support the weight of the structure, and this can lead to the structure being at risk of collapsing.
In addition to being done for construction, this may also be necessary to manage erosion as loose soil can be far more susceptible to washing away from heavy rain.
Are The Effects Of These Stabilization Procedures Permanent?
The effects of soil stabilization will largely depend on the amount of moisture that the ground receives. When the grout is exposed to moisture on a regular basis, it could degrade after many years, which will require it to be eventually reapplied.
If this procedure is done for construction, the building over the stabilized soil will minimize the amount of moisture that reaches the grout to decrease the degradation.
Does The Time Of Year Matter When Performing Soil Grouting?
Individuals that need to have soil grouting done may think that this will be required during a specific time of the year. Luckily, it is actually possible for this procedure to be done at almost any time of the year.
Typically, the only factor that will limit the ability of this procedure to be completed is rain. When it rains, it can interfere with the bonding process between the grout and the rest of the soil. Typically, the forecast should be free of rain for at least a couple of days.
Can Any Type Of Soil Be Stabilize With Grouting?
Sadly, there are limits on the type of soil that can be stabilized through the grouting process. In particular, soils that contain high amounts of clay will be ill-suited for soil grouting. Rather, sandy soils are much more receptive to this type of stabilization, as the grout will be better able to bond to the sand granules.
To determine whether your soil has a high enough sand content to undergo grouting, you should have it tested by a soil stabilization professional. If the soil is ill-suited to traditional grouting, they will be able to provide information about the options that will work with your type of soil.