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.

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Written to assist homeowners in reducing damage caused by swelling soils, this important publication covers the latest information on geology, construction, landscaping, and home maintenance. This latest edition also includes homeowner risk, property check-list, reading sources, and information sources. 76 pages. 45 figures. Two full boxes contain 140 copies and may be purchased at 50% off. Other quantity discounts: 10-69 (20% 0ff); 70-139 (30% off); 140 and more (50% off). SP-43

Swelling soil, a geologic hazard, is a common and sometimes serious problem in Colorado that 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 publication is to assist Colorado’s home-buyers and home-owners in mitigating the 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, as well as to inform home-owners on strategies for the long-term care of their homes.

UPDATE: The Association of American State Geologists announced that their annual John C. Frye Memorial Award for 1998 is granted to the CGS and the staff members who authored SP-43.