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Expansive Soil – What It Means to a Sugar Land Homeowner

By Mark Jacobs on January 12, 2022

Also known as Vertisol, expansive soil contains specific types of minerals called smectites, which are capable of absorbing a lot of water and expanding considerably. The soils that contain large amounts of smectites can undergo as much as a 30% volume change according to moisture and temperature variations. A classic example of smectite-rich soil is Houston Black, which can be found in Houston and neighboring cities, including Sugar Land, TX.

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