Why is soil stabilization essential when building roads?
Soil stabilization is not an easy task, especially when it comes to making it durable, but it is essential for building roads.
It does not matter if we are talking about a base, a parking lot, or if it is a road itself, as well as any other infrastructure. To build these types of roads on natural soil, they must be stabilized to guarantee the highest possible quality and avoid risks due to landslides.
What is soil stabilization?
Soil stabilization involves the improvement of the soil properties to make it more suitable for construction. Soil stabilization is usually carried out with cement or lime.
These materials make the soil suitable for building long-lasting roads, hence why we talk about improvements. Today, there are numerous stabilization techniques that take more care of the environment and allow even better results in quality, strength and duration, such as our soil stabilizer esoliTSS™.
With the idea of being able to enhance and increase the strength and to control the stability of a wide range of soils, Eco-Soil Group presents esoliTSS™, a liquid copolymer product that is biodegradable, water resistant and eco-friendly. esoliTSS™ has been engineered to act as a high performing soil stabilizer fluid as well as a dust suppressant, always taking into account the environmental needs of today’s world and the highest level of protection for humans and Mother Nature. Its versatility and durability make it the best technology available on the market.
Methods of building a road?
One of the most common stabilization techniques is by using binding agents.
With them, tar emulsions are made, so that the base of the road is built. Another common method is lime and cement, which we have already mentioned as it is the most common. They are among the most commercialized, although they are difficult to apply if it is windy or if the soil is humid.
Lastly, another common technique is asphalt. It is a wear surface that adjusts to the movement of the car through the force it exerts.
However, these materials or old techniques are gradually disappearing in favour of eco-friendly materials, such as our soil stabilizer esoliTSS™, which is made up of biodegradable and eco-friendly materials that serve as an alternative to asphalt.
esoliTSS ™, unlike traditional asphalt, is non-toxic and safer to apply. The gases produced by the application of asphalt can cause multiple conditions, from coughs or allergies, to suffocation and death. Furthermore, during its application there is also the risk of burns, unlike esoliTSS ™.
Not only are we a more ecological alternative, but also our materials guarantee durability, impermeability, resistance to wear and represent no risks for users and workers.
What techniques should be considered?
Before stabilizing the soil, you would have to carry out a technical analysis of the soil.
By doing this, you can find the right formula depending on the type of soil you will stabilize: clay, silt, gravel, etc.
From here, you will have to develop your application protocol, later preparing the soil to be stabilized and guaranteeing its safety and stability.
Finally, you must have the appropriate machinery and equipment. That is, the one that is capable of injecting the stabilizer solution you have chosen, applying it into the soil, mixing it and compacting it. Stabilization occurs by properly mixing the soil with the materials and products you have chosen, water, and the rest of the mineral additives.
In short, although it is true that all materials and techniques have advantages and disadvantages, the key to properly building a road is to determine what soil we are going to work on, and whether or not it contains polluting agents.
Thus, we will be able to polish the techniques used and choose the products that we are going to use to stabilize the soil, before even building the base and making the road long-lasting, with quality, and capable of staying in good condition.
For more information or questions about soil stabilization, get in touch with our specialized engineers. They will be happy to help you.