Advantages of Soil Compaction

Soil Compaction

Compacted soil is more resistant to water infiltration, erosion and being carried away by the wind. By using large vibrators or heavy rollers, soil can be compacted to create an ideal construction surface.

Soil Compaction :

Compacting soil is a way of increasing its density.Soil is made up of solids, gases and water. Reducing the amount of gas in soil by forcing the solid materials together compacts the soil. Reducing the pore spaces of soil leaves less space in it for air and water. Reducing the amount of water in soil makes the soil particles less lubricated. Wet, un-compacted soil is very difficult to build on.

Roads :

Driving over the same spot of soil will eventually compact it to the point where no plants can grow there. Plant roots break apart the soil and naturally make it less  stable  for  roads.  Compacted  soil  will  be  harder to wet and will require a lot of water to destabilize.

Gravel roads benefit from soil compaction because the firmer soil provides a stable base on which to rest the small stones. A compacted road for concrete or black top roads makes the road last longer. Compacting for building a highway helps to make the shape of the road so that it sheds water.

Buildings :

Most  buildings  are  built  right  on  the  soil  rather than having footings going all the way down to bed -rock, as with skyscrapers. If the soil is not compacted enough, the house will not last as long and can encounter many problems. The soil must be dense enough to support the weight of the structure. If the soil is not compacted enough it can collapse.

Lawns :

Golf courses, baseball parks and lawns all benefit from a certain amount of soil compaction. Compacting soil where grass is grown makes it more level and aesthetically pleasing. Soils for golf courses are carefully rolled so that putting greens and other areas are in the right condition for play. Without some soil compaction, lawns and playing fields could not be as useful nor as beautiful.