Soil Heave – Protecting the Slab After Construction

Once the house is completed it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be concerned about the foundations.

This is particularly the case if your house is Built on Clay as their is a risk of ‘Slab Heave’.

This is the result of moisture getting into the clay under the slab causing the clay to swell pushing the slab upwards.

Protection Against  Soil Heave

In South Australia there is a requirement for a 1m path around the building if there is a risk of ‘Soil Heave’, good practice whichever state you live in.

The diagram below shows a suitable detail to protect the ground under your slab.

Aggi Drains protecting slab Stage 2

 

The key issues are:

  • 1m of paving falls away from external walls for at least 1m with a minimum fall of 50mm.
  • Where the water will not continue to flow away from the ede of the path an Aggi Drain in a granular back filled trench should be provided.
  • Although the requirement for an aggi drain is not as critical where the ground slopes away from the slab, it is nevertheless good practice to have one.

 

Also see Agricultural Drains