Soil compaction issue
I recently had my foundation sealed. The dirt was removed approximately 3 to 4 feet away and 6 to 7 feet down to the bottom of the footing.After the sealing, drain tile, stone, etc. was done the area was refilled with a sandy fill with few small stones. My question is that I saw no compaction during back filling and I am concerned about settling. After a few heavy rains the level dropped a few inches. The level of fill was left 12″ low on purpose because I am planning on putting 8″ of compacted stone and then a 4″ concrete walkway around the house. Am I screwed? Is there a way to compact this now with say a small car driving over it multiple times or would it have to be dug out and redone in small compacted lifts? The walkway can be postponed, will waiting til next year help? Am I overthinking this, will the relatively light walkway be okay with a good compacted stone base? I am in the northeast so freezing temps too. Any thoughts or ideas are welcome.
P.S. on the upside my basement is dry now!
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