Soil stabilization is typically conducted before a construction process begins. Soil stabilization reduces permeability and increases the durability of soil. Since soil will be acting as a sublayer that will support the building materials that rest upon it, it is critical to have the soil tested and to use a lime stabilization process if advised to do so.
Soil with clay-like properties is adequately equipped to bond with lime. Sandy surfaces may not be cohesive with lime products. The soil that comprises the area where construction will take place should be tested. Before a lime stabilization process is conducted, the property that is treated may need to be graded.
Choosing a lime stabilization process may reduce the soil thickness level that will be needed to support the foundation of a building. Avoiding the need to use additional soil products to build up a thick sublayer will not cost as much as the pre-construction stages that a builder may have used in the past.
A Targeted Process
Lime stabilization steps require that a slurry is created. The lime granules and water are used to create a viscous substance that will bond with dirt. The lime and water mixture should not be applied when plummeting temperatures have caused the ground to freeze. A landscaping company that provides lime stabilization processes may use equipment to soften the soil prior to using a lime and water mixture.
The calcium content in the soil will increase the strength of a sublayer. The pH level is adjusted during the lime stabilization process. The stability of a sublayer will need to be tested prior to beginning a construction process. A lime stabilizing procedure will not affect the overall use value of the land. Grass, plants, trees, and other organic materials can be planted on surfaces that have been treated with lime.
Hardscaping materials can also be added to the property that has been treated. Once the stabilization process has been completed and a new building has been erected, a landscaping crew can be hired to add aesthetic and functional details to the land
Because stable soil will not be prone to erosion or sinkholes, a series of weighted materials can be added to a piece of property. Sidewalks, paving blocks, and other hardscaping materials will remain level. The new features may make a piece of property more accessible and appealing. Each year, a landscaping contractor can inspect the property and apply more lime to any areas in need.