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EXPANSIVE

SOIL

Expansive soil is a material that exhibit volume change from change in soil moisture. Foundation soils which are expansive will “heave” and can cause lifting of a building or other structure during periods of high moisture. Conversely during periods of falling soil moisture, expansive soil will “collapse” and can result in building settlement.

One approach which can be effective in mitigation of swelling and shrinkage of expansive soil involves application of measures to protect the soil mass from excessive wetting or drying (moisture control). One system which is being used to treat expansive soil is horizontal and vertical moisture barriers. This system will maintain long term uniform moisture conditions beneath the covered area.

Another approach is surcharge load which is applied on expansive clay to control soil movement. With swelling pressure of the expansive soil determined, the surcharge load can be calculated.

BENEFITS

  • Reduce pressure and failure on structures due to expansive soils

SUITABLE PRODUCTS

  • Ecoline® / Solmax (moisture barriers)

  • Geo-Reinfox® (surcharge pressure)

  • Hibritex® / Polyfelt® PEC (surcharge pressure)

  • Speravi® / Mirafi® PET (surcharge pressure)

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