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Lime vs. Cement Soil Stabilization

Lime vs. Cement Soil Stabilization
Lime and cement soil are two kinds of soil stabilizing agents. What are the differences?

Before breaking ground on a construction site, one must test the soil to see its quality for building upon. Natural soil can be too weak and infirm for roadways, airport runways, building pads, and other structures, resulting in shifting or sinking foundations. The soil must be able to bear the load of the structure and vehicles or people that may use it. That’s where soil stabilization comes in. Here’s a look at soil stabilization and the difference between lime and cement soil stabilization.

What Is Soil Stabilization?

Soil stabilization is the addition of chemicals to the natural soil to improve its hardiness for building foundations upon it. When the soil itself can keep the foundation of buildings, roads, parking lots, and so on stable, the foundations themselves do not have to be as thick, saving significant costs. Soil stabilization typically happens on-site, mixing the materials with the soil directly. Much evaluation, testing, and planning happen beforehand to ensure the right chemical and the right amount go into the soil.

Lime Soil Stabilization

Lime is one material used for soil stabilization. Lime in construction is either quicklime or hydrated lime, also known scientifically as calcium oxide and calcium hydroxide. Quicklime comes in two forms, high calcium and dolomitic. High calcium quicklime is almost pure calcium oxide, but dolomitic quicklime includes magnesium oxide. Meanwhile, hydrated lime is a wetter form of quicklime. Both quicklime and hydrated lime have the calcium needed to strengthen the soil, but hydrated lime is more suitable for dryer soil conditions.

Cement Soil Stabilization

Cement soil stabilization is the addition of cement or soil cement to the untreated ground before construction. Cement also contains calcium, besides iron derived from limestone, silica, alumina, clay, and sand. Portland cement, which is ground into a powder for use, is the most common type. Mixing it with water and the natural soil, one can form a new, stabilized soil. Another option is soil cement, a premixed product of natural soil, cement, and water. To learn more about your options and the strengths of each, contact us at Reliable Contracting in Maryland!

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2410 Evergreen Road
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA
Serving Maryland's Commercial & Residential Builders & Developers Since 1928 Introduction Reliable Contracting Company, Inc. maintains a reputation as a leader in the construction industry. Our clientele includes builders, developers, individuals and government agencies. With projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to over $10 million, Reliable can be seen working on Maryland's roads, highways, airports, office parks, shopping centers, hospitals, churches, and residential neighborhoods earning our reputation by providing clients with consistent quality and dedication to their projects.
2410 Evergreen Road, Suite 200
Gambrills
MD
21054
USA