Soil consolidation causes foundation problems in many homes across America, but did you know your home may be at increased risk of foundation issues due to this cause if you live in Texas?
Soil consolidation is a leading cause of concrete slab foundation failure of houses in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The soil lacks the strength to adequately support the foundation.
Soil consolidation is a process that may take years to progress before foundation problems are noticed. While watering the foundation, foundation design and plumbing problems each contribute to a lot of foundation problems, soil consolidation is the root cause of many foundation problems.
Soil consolidation, which we can think of as a settling phenomenon, is a problem because of our clay soil. As clay soil consolidates or settles, it loses its ability to support the foundation.
Soil consolidation is a well-recognized problem for residential and commercial builders. At commercial job sites, clay soil to a depth of three feet or more is mixed with a stabilizer, such as lye, and compacted in four-inch layers. Furthermore, the clay cannot exceed a certain moisture level during the compaction process.