SP-43 A Guide to Swelling Soils for Colorado Homebuyers and Homeowners


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Citation: Noe, David C., Candace L. Jochim, and William P. Rogers. SP-43 A Guide to Swelling Soil for Colorado Homebuyers and Homeowners. 2nd ed. Special Publications, SP-43. Denver, CO: Colorado Geological Survey, Division of Minerals and Geology, Department of Natural Resources, 2007.


Written to assist homeowners in reducing damage caused by swelling soils. Latest information on geology, construction, landscaping, home maintenance. Includes homeowner risk, property check-list, reading sources, and information sources. 76 pages. 45 figures. Most recent 2015 edition. Two full boxes contain 110 copies and may be purchased at 50% off. Other quantity discounts: 10-54 (20% 0ff); 55-109 (30% off); 110 and more (50% off). SP-43

Swelling soil is a common and sometimes serious problem in Colorado. This geologic hazard is capable of causing severe damage to houses. The damage may occur slowly over time, and houses in a neighborhood may be affected at different times.

The purpose of this book is to assist Colorado’s home-buyers and home-owners in reducing damage caused by swelling soil. It was written to satisfy part of the disclosure requirements of the State of Colorado for new houses built on swelling soil, and as a guidance for longer-term home care.