16 Mar 5 Signs You Need a Concrete Lift Repair
Do You Need a Lift Repair? 5 Ways to Know
Concrete is a durable, versatile material that we can use to build almost anything. At the same time, concrete is subject to cracking and shifting under certain conditions. If you’re seeing cracks in your concrete driveway, walkways, paths, steps or parking pad, you might need a concrete settlement repair.
1. The Concrete Is Cracking and Uneven
If you notice cracks in your concrete slabs, you might think they’re just normal parts of settling. That’s not the case. Cracking, uneven concrete is a safety hazard that can cause you to stub your toes, trip, fall and hurt yourself. Cracks are more likely to happen in areas that get heavy use like garage floors and pool walkways.
If the sinking, uneven areas are in a basement area, this could be a sign that your foundation is settling. If it is, this is a serious structural problem. Get the concrete lifted while you address the underlying flooring situation.
2. You’re Seeing Visible Cracks
Shifts in the weather and humidity levels can cause concrete to lift. These cracks are often a sign that the soil underneath the concrete has become loose. Weather changes cause the soil to expand and contract. When this happens, the concrete sitting on that soil starts to move around.
Cracks in your concrete are an obvious sign that your concrete needs a lift. Many people ignore cracks in concrete because they don’t seem serious. You can get by for a short time with a sealer or other temporary fix, but after a while, the underlying problems will force the concrete to settle even more.
3. The Slab Is Sinking
This is a common problem on sidewalks and walkways. You might see one slab that stands out from the others as it sinks. In some cases, you’ll see several slabs that have pulled away from the smooth, even line of your sidewalk or driveway.
You can repair this without pouring a new slab, which is an expensive repair. In fact, if the concrete cracked because the slab is too heavy for its location, adding another slab will just cause the same thing to keep happening. You need to address the problem by reinforcing the soil underneath and filling the voids.
4. You’ve Spotted Puddles
Concrete is normally poured in a downward direction to encourage water to run off its surface. If you’re seeing water puddles forming on the concrete, it’s a sign that shifting has changed the slab’s alignment. Over time, water can wear away at concrete and cause further shifting.
When you get your concrete lifted, ask for a sealant to protect your concrete from future water damage.
5. Driveway and Garage Slab Are Not Even
Your driveway slab and garage slab are meant to be even. If you have a garage slab and driveway that do not line up your driveway has settled. Polyurethane injections will lift your driveway back into its original location.
Keep Your Concrete Looking Its Best
Concrete is a practical, sturdy building material. Today’s concrete can be stamped, painted and sculpted to look as attractive as more expensive stones. If you want your concrete to continue looking its best and holding up to years of use, watch for signs of cracking and shifting.
At Kelley’s Masonry, we recommend foam injection as a fast, easy, affordable and permanent alternative to mudjacking and other concrete lifting techniques. If you’ve noticed any of these signs that you need a concrete lift, contact us today.