Top 13 Soil Stabilization FAQs: 

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1. Is Soil Stabilization effective?

Absolutely, the ProChem Stabilizer method not only significantly enhances soil stability but also ensures that the foundation of any building remains solid and secure against the challenges of soil movement, providing a dependable base for any construction project.

2. How Does the ProChem Stabilizer work?

With our ProChem Ionic Liquid Stabilizer solution, you can rest easy knowing that your soil will remain stable and free from heave expansion and minimize contraction caused by moisture changes. Our innovative solution is injected into the soil with water, altering its properties and ensuring long-lasting stability. For optimal soil stability, we suggest our ProChem Ionic Liquid Stabilizer.

3. What Are Different Techniques or Methods of Soil Stabilization?

Soil stabilization methods vary, each with its unique approach to enhancing soil stability. Moisture conditioning involves either excavating and replacing the soil with non-expansive material or recompacting the existing soil in layers while systematically adding water to each layer. This method aims at achieving optimal moisture content but isn’t considered permanent. Water injection technique directly adds water into clayey soil, allowing it to expand to its fullest potential; however, this method also lacks permanence and may not prevent future soil movement.

In contrast, our chemical injection method involves the introduction of our ProChem Ionic Stabilizing Solution along with water into the soil. This innovative process changes the soil’s clay particles’ polarity, preventing them from ever heaving or shrinking again, offering a durable and permanent solution to soil instability. Unlike moisture conditioning and water injection, chemical stabilization with our ProChem Solution addresses the root cause of soil instability, providing a long-lasting foundation for any construction project.

4. Is Chemical Soil Stabilization Necessary or Required?

It is often recommended especially in areas with expansive clay soils prone to movement, to ensure the long-term stability of structures. In many instances a geotechnical soil test is necessary.

5. What Is Chemical Soil Stabilization?

Chemical soil stabilization involves using ProChem Ionic Liquid Stabilizer, which transforms the soil’s chemical composition to enhance its stability and load-bearing capacity. This process is beneficial for preparing the ground for homes, buildings, and other construction, as it ensures a solid foundation that prevents soil expansion and reduces the risks of settling. It is an ideal solution for areas where the native soil has a high soil expansion and susceptibility to these issues.

6. How Safe Is The ProChem Ionic Liquid Stabilizer?

The ProChem Ionic Liquid Stabilizer is crafted with components that are food-grade, underscoring its safety for both environmental and human health considerations. The application process involves administering our stabilizer directly, which is meticulously engineered to be benign for both the ecosystem and people. We rigorously monitor pH levels to confirm its safety, particularly concerning runoff and stormwater systems. Given its dilution ratio—300 parts of stabilizer to 6,000 gallons of water—the concentration is extremely low, further ensuring its safety.

MSD sheet available upon request. Prochem Soil Stabilizer according to Federal Register / Vol 77, No 58 / March 26, 2012 / Rules and Regulations, Issue date 3/18/2024 Version 1.0.  Section 12: Ecological information 12.1 The product is not considered harmful to aquatic organisms or to cause long-term adverse effects in the environment.

7. How Long Does Chemical Soil Stabilization Last?
Our ProChem Ionic Liquid Stabilizer ensures enduring stability and is designed to serve as a permanent solution for soil heave concerns. This method effectively stops soil heave, solidifies the soil, enhancing its strength and turning it into a stable foundation that stands the test of time.
8. Can This Help Fix My Home's Foundation Problems?

Chemical soil stabilization acts as a supportive measure for foundation repair, targeting and resolving the root soil problems. This process not only helps prevent additional damage but also amplifies the success of repair initiatives, securing the longevity of your home’s foundation. Prochemical Soil Stabilization works with many foundation repair companies in Texas and surrounding regions.

9. I'm a Builder, Do I Need A Geotechnical Soil Report?

For many builders, especially in regions like Texas where soil conditions can significantly vary, at the very least, a post-soil-injection geotechnical report is invaluable. It provides critical insights into the soil’s post-treatment condition, ensuring that the stabilization efforts have been successful. This report is key to making informed decisions about further construction steps, helping to avoid future structural issues and ensuring the longevity and safety of your building projects.

10. What Are the Benefits of Chemical Soil Stabilization?

Choosing our ProChem Ionic Liquid Stabilizer for chemical soil stabilization brings a host of benefits. It significantly reduces soil heave, minimizes the likelihood of structural issues, and extends the durability of buildings and infrastructure. Furthermore, compared to conventional soil stabilization techniques, our method offers notable cost efficiencies, providing a smart investment in the longevity and safety of your construction projects.

11. What are the Financial and Legal Risks of Skipping Soil Stabilization?

Overlooking the need for soil stabilization can lead to considerable structural damage, which may result in costly repairs or full-scale reconstruction of compromised structures. Beyond the significant financial burden, such negligence could also expose property owners or builders to legal liabilities, including lawsuits for failing to ensure the safety and stability of their structures. This underscores the importance of adopting proactive soil stabilization practices to mitigate both financial and legal risks.

12. What Are the Potential Drawbacks of Soil Stabilization?

While soil stabilization presents numerous advantages, potential drawbacks could include the upfront investment and the requirement for specialized knowledge to implement the process effectively. Nonetheless, these initial considerations are generally far outweighed by the substantial long-term benefits, such as enhanced structural stability, reduced maintenance costs, and prevention of future complications.

How Does University Research Validate the Effectiveness of Our ProChem Stabilizer?

A pivotal study by the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Engineering Department in 2016 and 2017 has substantiated the efficacy of our ProChem Ionic Liquid Stabilizer in altering the polarity of clay soils, thereby significantly enhancing foundation stability and reducing risks to structures. This collaboration highlighted the stabilizer’s ability to decrease the plasticity index, improve soil strength by up to 165%, and substantially lower swell potential—achievements that underscore our product’s capacity to stabilize diverse clay soils across various regions. These insights empower homeowners, builders, and developers to build with confidence, ensuring safer, stronger foundations and mitigating construction challenges.

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