Building Foundations on Clay-Rich Soil

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If you own a home that was built on top of clay-rich soils or are considering building in a space that has clay soil, there may be some complications that you will run into. It is possible to build on that type of soil, but it requires special considerations and accommodations due to the things that can go wrong.
Below we will take a look at some of the issues that can arise as well as precautions that you can take to avoid foundation failure.

Soil Analysis

One of the first things you want to do is have your soil analyzed. Identifying clay-rich soils is the first step to dealing with it. There are at home soil testing kits that you can use with ease to figure out your soil configurations.

Potential Issues

One issue you can run into with clay soil is called subsidence. This is where the clay shrinks due to moisture changes and causes the foundation to sink. Sometimes this is caused by trees that are nearby whose roots are sucking up the excess moisture