I'm looking at a piece of property for a building site in Western Wisconsin.
The soil survey maps defines it as 'tarr sand'
" The Tarr series consists of very deep, excessively drained soils
formed in siliceous sandy pedisediment over siliceous sandy residuum
from sandstone on stream terraces, hills, and pediments. 90% quartz.
Permeability is rapid."
Plans are for a full basement built with ICFs. I'm a little concerned
about the stability of this type of this sandy material for what I have
Any help would be appreciated.
I built a house about 12 years ago for a fellow here in Northern Calif. on a
It is a large 2 story, with 3 car garage. I do have pictures of the house,
and have been there recently.
The house seems to be fine.
The engineer architect designed a footing that was quite large and wide.
It had additional rebar in the footing and more than a regular 2 story
I actually had to build 2 forms for the concrete footing construction. One
to keep the sand from filling the footing made out of inert material to be
left in the pour.
As for a basement, there was none, and I suspect you would not have any
problem with moisture since you will have good drainage being "sandy"
I believe the "Large Footprint" of the footing and the steel in the
engineering of the footing made for a stable construction.
John Loomis Construction and Concrete
As for the garage I would make sure that the walls were adequately water
proofed, and there are many applications that will solve this.
Moisture will "wick" in.......regardless of drainage, and like a sponge will
absorb moisture and keep it there unless driven out by heat.
So, a good water vapor barrier on the outside would be in line.
Your safest bet would be to look around for a local civil engineer who will
be familiar with the soils in your area. He or she can easily
design/specify a footing and wall which will adequately support your
structure, and take all the guesswork off your shoulders, a cheap investment
with good return.
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