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Compounding defects and the importance of a foundation and the dirt underneath

The term “You need a solid foundation…” followed by whatever life lesson you’re applying to the start of that phrase, is often used. Structures need a solid foundation (hence the term) just like the life lessons you’re teaching.

There is a term called compounding defects, and it means when the first building block, or dirt under the foundation in this case, that is essential to the rest of your structure is not perfect, the rest of the structure as you move upward will increasingly fail. If what’s underneath the foundation isn’t stable, the foundation cannot be perfect, thus your structure at its base won’t be perfect, and because the base isn’t perfect, support beams and walls will not be and so on and so forth. Many people overlook the importance of a well excavated lot that sits under a solid foundation, and pay for it in spades years down the road. A solid foundation and what’s underneath the foundation is the best investment you can make on the longevity of a structure. A foundation is the part of your structure that will hold the weight of all that is on top of it, so what’s underneath is extremely important. It will also protect materials from elements that may compromise their function, such as moisture and insects. Furthermore, it will lay out the dimensions of a home.

Typically, the foundation will sit on dirt of some sort, and not having proper dirt work can ultimately destroy even the best foundations due to several complications with the dirt itself.

IronSite specializes in professional dirt work. Here are 4 steps we use to ensure all our foundations are layed properly. Whhoever you use to create the foundation of your building, it’s always important to ensure these steps are being followed.

  1. Site examination- The job site must be examined before the excavation process can begin to ensure that the natural habitat and artifacts surrounding it are preserved. The plans for the size and depth of the site are made and boundaries are marked. Once these two important steps have been taken, we can start excavation.
  2. Excavation- Excavation is used during almost every construction process. Because excavation deals with large structures and creates the foundation for the entire project, it requires precision and close attention to detail. Excavation is used to build the foundation for the construction of homes, roadways and buildings.
  3. Dirt pad installation (slab installation)- A concrete pad, more typically referred to as a slab, must be properly planned for and poured to ensure that it will adequately support the structure. Proper dirt work preparation is key to ensuring that the slab will be evenly supported and not fail.
  4. Roadway development- We offer caliche contracting services, including roads, driveways, and parking lots, across West Texas. These roads are an efficient alternative to concrete and asphalt.

These 4 steps ensure your foundation is 100% secure and accessible. Contact us today and let us provide you a professional, long lasting, safe, reliable, and affordable foundation to build your future on.