Determining Which Type Of Pipeline Grouting Is Right For You

The soil beneath your facility plays an important role in determining how stable your building will be over time. In order to maximize soil strength, it's often advised that pipeline grouting be applied.

If you are wondering which type of pipeline grouting is best for your soil, here are three questions you can ask yourself in order to make an informed decision.

1. Has my facility already been built?

Reinforcing the soil beneath an existing facility can be a challenge. Subsurface voids or loose granular soils can contribute to settling over time, causing your building to lose structural integrity. If your facility has already been built, your best bet is to invest in compaction grouting. This type of grouting was developed in the 1950s specifically for use as a way to reverse the settling process affecting existing structures.

Since the grout columns created through compaction grouting don't need to be attached to the structural foundation, they provide a simple and effective solution for correcting the soil conditions causing existing buildings to settle.

2. Can I afford to halt production while grouting takes place?

If your facility manufactures products on a daily basis, it may be challenging to halt production while grouting takes place. If you can't afford to miss a day of production, then cement grouting may be the best option for you.

Cement grouting requires contractors to match the size of the grout particles to the size of the voids in the soil beneath your facility. This allows the grout particles to infiltrate the voids and fill them completely. Cement grouting can be conducted in tight spaces, and doesn't require the facility to be vacant during completion. This makes cement grouting the perfect option if you don't want to halt production while addressing your soil problems.

3. What type of soil am I trying to treat?

The type of soil beneath your facility should influence your decision when it comes to grouting. Specifically, how easily the soil erodes is an important factor in determining the success of any grouting application.

If your facility is located in an area where clay or silt is prevalent, then jet grouting will provide you with the best results. Jet grouting is suitable for the excavation of unstable soil, and it has the ability to create soilcrete in even the most erodible soils.

Investing in pipeline grouting can be a beneficial way to improve the soil quality beneath your facility. Be sure that you are asking yourself the three questions outlined above to ensure you are investing in the right type of pipeline grouting to meet your needs.