Is Dallas cold enough for long enough with the right conditions for this phenomenon?
Frost Heave –
Foundation damage due to frost heave was initially understood to be caused by water increasing volume (up to 10%) when frozen under ground and the thawing cycles that follow. The currently understood and recognized phenomenon is called ice segregation. Excess water is drawn from the not frozen area of the clay to the freezing zone where it crystalizes. The clay has to expand to make room for the added frozen water causing the foundation support ground to heave.
(SOURCES: USDA; “Development of a Frost Heave Test Apparatus,” by Russell D. Lay; D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs)
Some conditions have to be met for the frost heave to occur. In Dallas […]