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The Impact of Soil in Twinsburg, Ohio

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 by Mary Lowe


Before talking about the interesting topic of soil, I want to point out that not all three will be under your home. Our experts are consistently trained to ensure a perfect solution to your soil problem. All you have to do is call us to schedule a free inspection! 

 

Now onto the fun stuff... soil! The three main problems seen with soil is it being poorly compacted, too soft and sometimes soil shrinks. Let's take a deeper look into these problems. 

Poorly Compacted soil:

A new house in a new neighborhood can be exciting. It can feel like the possibilities are endless. Even better, new homes usually come free of problems… for a time.

When builders construct new homes, they disrupt the natural soils, digging into them to assemble the foundation and shifting the earth to create a flat space for the home to sit level. When they’re done, they put the excavated soil back around the home. But if the builder doesn’t properly compact the soil, it can compress over time.

This can cause concrete driveways, stoops, sidewalks… you name it… to sink and become uneven. This in turn can cause tripping hazards that you could be liable for.

The good news is, concrete can typically be raised back into place so it’s level with the other concrete slabs around it. It’s a relatively quick process that will allow you to use your concrete normally as soon as the next day.

Soil shrinkage:

Ever wonder how arid weather conditions impact your home? While you might look out your window and see wilting landscaping and browning grass, there could be something even scarier lurking under your driveway.

Your driveway is poured directly on the soil. During periods of dry weather, this soil can shrink and take up less space than before. This can lead to pockets of empty space where your driveway is no longer supported, which can cause the heavy concrete slabs above to sink.

If you’re seeing cracks that weren’t there last year, or maybe you’ve noticed that part of your driveway is sinking, it could be that shrinking soil is to blame.

The good news is, concrete can be raised back into place, so it’s level with the other concrete around it. It’s a relatively quick process that will allow you to use your concrete normally as soon as the next day. 

Soil softening:

Picture walking on a hard dirt trail in the woods, only to sink suddenly into the mud where the path is damp.

Just as you sank into the soft, wet soil, the same thing can happen to your heavy concrete driveway, sidewalk, stoop or patio when the soil beneath becomes saturated with moisture due to a weather event or broken water pipe. Over time, the concrete might even sink enough to cause a trip hazard or make your stoop unlevel.

The good news is, concrete can be raised back into place, so it’s level with the other concrete around it. It’s a relatively quick process that will allow you to use your concrete normally as soon as the next day.

 

Don't wait any longer, call us today! 

 

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