Engineering Treatment of Soils


To construct solid building and erect proper housing extensions, soil composition must be engineered to establish strength and structure. It is important that the foundation for our constructions is strong enough to hold up against the test of time, the elements and other foreseeable circumstances. The dangers of not building on a proper foundation are innumerable, so it is important to take the time out before building begins to address such concerns.


It is very reasonable for people who own land to consider expanding on their investments. Constructing buildings in otherwise empty lots or putting an expansion on their homes is a great way to spend time and energy, and can give back to the community when handled properly. The first step in this construction after planning is to test the soil to be sure that it is reasonably firm.

Water Logging

One of the key requirements for soil before construction is water content and drainage abilities. Soils that are swampy and water-logged are unable to withstand constant weight and will give easily under the pressure. To make sure construction is adequate you must drill channels into the soil or bore holes to make the soil more supportive.


Pyrite and iron sulfide are chemicals that react with soil and erode concrete as time passes. This threatens the stability of the concrete foundation as time passes and will cause the foundation to buckle. It is possible to apply a neutralizing agent to the foundation that will protect the concrete from long-term exposure.


Primarily the strength of the soil is determined by the content of its composition. Heavy soils such as clay are much denser than sandy soils and will provide enough support for large structures. Areas that are primarily filled with sandy soil will need additives mixed into their soil to prepare a proper foundation before any construction can begin.


The key element in construction is preparation. Architects are unable to create a well-made building without first considering the groundwork that comes with it. Always hire a professional to test out an area and obtain proper permits before beginning any large scale constructions, as these can become extremely hazardous if not handled properly. When working with the soil be careful of potential damage to nearby trees. Soil compaction will restrict nutrient growth and kill most trees that are sensitive to sudden stresses. Consider using alternative methods of construction to avoid causing harm to the environment where you are working. Remember that paints and other chemicals used in construction should never be applied near or around wildlife as these can have irreversible consequences.

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