The dirt in your excavation won’t settle on its own, at least not without waiting years, or even decades, for natural weathering processes to take hold.
How Long Does Dirt Take to Settle?
Dirt, soil, and sediment all take time to settle, but how long it takes depends on several factors. The size and weight of the particles, the method used to move them, and the amount of water present all play a role in the speed of the settling process. In general, it can take anywhere from hours to weeks for dirt to settle, depending on the conditions.
When dirt is agitated, such as when it is moved around by a shovel or machinery, the particles become suspended in the air or water. These particles will slowly start to settle as the air and water around them become still. Depending on the size and weight of each particle, this process can take anywhere from a few hours to several days.
If the dirt is disturbed again, the process of settling will start over from the beginning. This is why it is important to wait for the dirt to settle before attempting to do any work with it.
The amount of water present can also affect the speed of settling. If the dirt is dry, the particles will settle more slowly than if the dirt is damp or wet. The amount of water present can also influence the size and weight of the particles as they settle, making the process take even longer.