What You Must Know
In the West Texas & Panhandle areas many homes and structures are built on highly expansive clay soil.
Expansive clay soil causes more damage to U.S. commercial and residential property each year than all hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and floods combined.
Research confirms that Childers Brothers, Inc's treatment process with EcSS 3000® is the most effective and permanent solution available today for commercial and residential soil stabilization.
See how we can help you protect your property from costly "swelling clay."
The Problem - Expansive Clay Soils
Highly expansive clay materials shrink and swell due to changes in moisture content. Moisture fluctuations can be caused by seasonal rain fall or human activities such as irrigation or leaking pipes. This shrinking and swelling can translate into several inches of movement on the surface. Roads, parking lots, homes, industrial and commercial buildings and swimming pools built on expansive clay materials often sustain expensive damage as a result of soil movement.
The Solution - Chemical Stabilization
Chemical Stabilization Treatment utilizing EcSS 3000 reduces the swell potential of expansive clay materials, preventing damage to overlaying structures. It has proven effective under airport taxiways, roads, parking lots, swimming pools, residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
The main cause of expansion in clay soils is the tendency of individual soil particles to attract and hold water. Clay particles have a net negative electrical charge and attract positively charged ions present in the soil-water matrix. In the attempt to attract positive ions, many layers of water molecules are held by the clay particles. These layers of absorbed water force individual clay particles away from each other resulting in soil expansion.
Chemical Stabilization creates a cat ion rich environment in the injected zone. The individual clay particles negative charge is reduced and its tendency to attract and hold water is greatly reduced. The injection zone will exhibit minimal swell after the treatment.