Earthwork Serie: How to Stabilize the Soil

If you’ve ever prepared for a large construction project, you know that there are many moving parts. From demolition to soil remediation, you should pay attention to the initial steps of a project. Proper preparation is as important as the construction itself.

Stabilizing your soil is one of the key steps to preparing your construction site. It’s a necessary step that is essential to constructing something stable and long-lasting. If you don’t want all your construction work to go to waste, you need to stabilize before building!

To learn more about how to stabilize soil, keep reading below. We’ve got everything you need to know about preparing your soil for your next project.

Why Soil Stabilization Is Important

When it comes to transportation and industrial infrastructure, soil grade is very important. Poor soil can cause erosion and other issues during and after the construction process. From house foundations to parking lots, all construction should be preceded by soil stabilization.

Soil stabilization techniques can make difficult areas viable for construction. Stabilization has existed for centuries, but it’s now more sophisticated than ever.

New technologies in soil remediation and site grading have accelerated the construction business. Areas that were once unsuitable for construction can now be developed.

How To Stabilize Soil

There are many materials that can stabilize soil. These include lime and cement, enzymes, chlorides, and geotextiles.

The use of all these materials can be sorted into three main styles of soil stabilization. Those three techniques are chemical stabilization, compaction stabilization, and mechanical soil stabilization.

Mechanical stabilization is the oldest form of stabilization. It involves the addition of different soil grades to increase the strength and binding ability of the soil. During mechanical stabilization, materials like silt, clay, sand, or gravel can be added according to the specific needs of the site.

Compaction stabilization compacts the soil to get rid of air pockets. During this process, the soil is compressed with a heavy weight. This process requires special heavy machinery.

Chemical stabilization involves the use of additives like kiln dust, lime, and cement. These additives interact with the soil both physically and chemically to make it more cohesive. These chemical interactions make it distinct from mechanical stabilization.

A less-commonly used technique is biological stabilization. This technique uses vegetation to protect an area against erosion and wind. It is a good stabilization technique, but it’s only viable in areas that can support a lot of vegetation.

Start Your Mass Excavation Today

With this information on how to stabilize soil, you’ll be ready to start your construction project in no time. Determine the best technique for your project, and focus on doing a thorough job. Stabilizing the soil at your project site gives you a strong foundation on which to build.

For all your earthwork and excavation needs, check out the services that we offer at BuildPro. We can help you prepare for your next industrial construction project. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!

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