A Strong Foundation To Support A Strong Home Learning Your Essential Soil Types
What does it mean to use the right soil type for the job?
This is the question asked by contractors the world older. Failing to use the right soil type now can mean flooding damage and foundation problems later. Mixing up soil types can cause one part of the house to sink while the other rises, leading to instability. At the very worst…you could be putting people’s lives in danger. This is the basic wisdom of a good foundation, wrapped up in a series of steps that should be understood instead of just followed.
Should you be in need of a refresher, the list below will catch you up.
Every state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to construction. This is caused by several factors, ranging from environmental influence (arid areas versus wetter areas) as well as personal taste. While there’s no such thing as a perfectly built home, there are areas of construction that have fallen out of favor. Most homes in Texas that were built less than 50 years ago have what’s known as a slab foundation. These have become less popular thanks to how hard it is to control moisture levels.
The bare minimum of construction should always take into account measurement. Even a half inch off can affect the entire foundation and bring the home crashing down. The subfloor in a pier and beam foundation is at a minimum, generally, with one half inch plywood. This pier and beam foundation will have joists supporting it, generally spaced at approximately 18 inches apart. Beams in the pier and beam foundation are able to be spaced to a foot apart, with the soaker between a foot to a foot and a half away from the foundation of the home.
Foundation problems usually start with a miscalculation, be it from the wrong unit of measurement or an incompatible soil type. Expert soil analysis systems exist to help you wrangle the earth into the tool you need. Some soil is better at supporting weight, thick enough to hold sturdy without being quite as inflexible as cement. Others are used for packing and digging, usually in the early stages of development. Last, but not least, yet more soil can be perfect for growing fruits, vegetables, and various shrubbery.
The different types of soil include silt, sandy, loam, peat, and clay. There are over 60 different types of soil throughout Texas, differing depend on their usage and the unique ingredients in their composition. Loam soil is filled with rich nutrients and is thick enough to shape, yet loose enough to crumble. It’s perfect for letting plants get both the minerals and air they need to thrive. Compare this to sandy soil, which is too low in nutrients and far too loose to do more than fill space or create weight differential.
Commercial foundation repair has a big job ahead of it. New homes are erected every single day, with some designed explicitly with eco-friendly expectations and others hearkening to older designs. No matter what, all homes need to have a powerful foundation to keep it standing for decades on end. Foundation problems can easily be avoided with additional research on soil types and a close attention to detail on measurement. Where will commercial foundation repair go from here?
With history on your side, there’s nowhere else to go but forward.