Soil stability is an important part of any outdoor work zone, and no matter if the weather is wet or dry. Without good soil stability, your soil will end up causing your project problems that can lead to environmental problems and affect the health of your crew. In addition, your equipment can become bogged down and have poor traction with inadequate soil stabilization when it has become excessively muddy. And you may not have time to let the site dry out on its own because of specific project deadlines. Here are some recommendations to consider when you are dealing with poor soil stabilization and erosion issues on your worksite.
Understand the Importance of Soil Stability
In times of dry weather, your worksite will create dust and air quality issues when the soil is disturbed by vehicle and equipment movement. Fine dust particles that get into the air can lead to breathing problems and lung problems from particles that remain suspended in the air and are breathed in by your employees. Also, dust in the air can cause problems for traffic on the worksite and on nearby roadways, making safe driving a difficult task and leading to accidents.
More specific to your worksite, having improper soil stability can lead to foundation problems in your construction project. For example, if you are building on soil that is high in clay, the clay will become unstable when it becomes saturated after precipitation. When a concrete slab or asphalt pavement is installed over this type of compacted foundation, your work will eventually end up becoming damaged, with waves and dents occurring over its surface.
Look For Improvement Options
There are several methods you can use to stabilize the soil on your worksite, depending on the type of construction you are using and the final improvement to the area. If, for example, you are grading the soil to add in landscaping to help stabilize the soil, you can use erosion control blankets or hydroseed spray to cover the soil and promote soil stabilization while the vegetation has time to germinate.
Roots of vegetation provide a good method of soil stabilization, but many projects can't rely on vegetation growth. Lime soil stabilization offers a quick and low-cost option to treat the soil and form it into a stable surface. Depending on the type of soil and its makeup, you can add a specific amount of lime that can be compacted to give you a solid surface that will hold up well under wet conditions and also keep down airborne dust and dirt. Add the lime right to the soil and combine it into the top layer of soil so you can compact it for a durable and solid surface for your construction project.