Have Unstable Soil In Your Yard? 3 Ways To Get It Stabilized

If you have unstable soil in your yard, this can cause many problems. If the unstable soil is around your home, this can cause your foundation to crack and have other problems. Unstable soil can cause problems with structures on your property, as well as affect your landscaping. There are ways you can get the unstable soil stabilized, three of which are listed below. 

Use Polyurethane

One way to stabilize soil is by using polyurethane. This solution is injected into the soil and is a fast process. This may also be less expensive than other solutions. Polyurethane is eco-friendly as well. If the solution is injected deep into the soil this is generally a permanent solution. 

Polyurethane turns into a foam after it is injected. Once injected, the foam expands to fill in empty spaces in the soil. Over time the foam cures and hardens to provide even more stability to the soil. 

Use Chlorides

Using chlorides is another way to stabilize soil. There is calcium and magnesium chloride that comes in either a solid form or a liquid form. The chloride is diluted with water before it is applied to the soil. This method works so well it is used to stabilize roads and foundation footings. 

The most common way to apply chloride to the soil is by mixing it in with a few inches of topsoil. The topsoil is then placed over the unstable soil and compacted. The chloride can also be sprayed on top of your soil, which is a quicker way to do this. Many contractors do not choose to use spray, however, as it will not mix in with the soil as well as the other method. 

Use Lime

Another option is to use lime to stabilize the soil. The lime is mixed in with topsoil and then placed over the unstable soil. The lime works well because it removes water that is in the soil, which results in much fewer air pockets. There is both high calcium and high magnesium lime. Both work well to stabilize soil. The contractor you hire will choose what they want to use. 

The contractor first levels the soil and then spreads the lime. Water is then placed over the lime to saturate the soil. The contractors wait for the lime to cure and harden. They will then place another layer of the lime over the soil and compact and level. 

As you can see there are many methods for soil stabilization. A contractor can help you choose what would work best for your landscaping purposes.