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Causes of Concrete Problems

The concrete around your home can be damaged in a number of ways, learn more about some of the common causes of concrete damage.

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If you’ve spotted aesthetic issues within the concrete around your home, it may be time for concrete lifting. Concrete lifting can seem to be a complicated procedure, but thankfully with our proven solutions, it doesn’t have to be. Here at FSM, our team has the experience and knowledge to fix any cracks or unevenness that your concrete may be experiencing. If you have any questions about what concrete lifting entails, read below to learn more.  

Why Would Concrete Need Lifting? 

The concrete around your home can deal with a multitude of problems, mostly due to natural elements that are hard to avoid. Here are some of the most common.  

  • Issues with the Soil Under the Concrete 

One of the most problematic elements that lead to concrete cracking or becoming uneven is the soil underneath it. Your concrete can easily crack or become uneven if the soil is poorly compacted, resulting in voids and gaps underneath the slabs. This is partly due to the initial construction of your home or driveway and a lack of soil preparation before pouring the concrete.  

Since Livonia, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City experience year-round precipitation and heavy snow in the winter, this can result in rapid erosion of the soil. Water is a key factor when it comes to soil erosion and washout, which leads to defaults in your concrete.  

  • Poorly Poured Concrete  

When you initially think of concrete, you may think of the words durable and unbreakable. Unfortunately, although it is a strong building material, it still has its faults. This is especially true if it wasn’t correctly poured to begin with. This can speed up the settlement of the concrete within the soil. 

If you notice that the concrete is sinking at a rapid pace, or that there are a multitude of hairline cracks across the slabs or unevenness throughout, you may be dealing with something more serious such as a foundation problem. Unfortunately, this may involve having to repour the slabs entirely or install other foundation solutions.  

  • Invading Tree Roots 

Although having trees in your yard can add to the appeal and aesthetic of your home, they also can be known to cause cracks in concrete with their roots. Trees can cause immeasurable damage due to their vast root systems spreading underground in search of water. When it rains, these roots will grow towards the nearest source of water, whether that be saturated soil or the concrete on top of it.  

This becomes a severe risk when your foundation is involved. When tree roots permeate the concrete of your foundation walls, it causes structural damage that could lead to a multitude of issues in your home.  

How Can I Lift Concrete? 

When it comes to fixing the aesthetic of your concrete and restoring its safety and durability, concrete lifting is your best bet. Here we run through the pros and cons of solutions for concrete lifting. 

  • Slab Jacking and Mudjacking 

Some older and more outdated solutions to concrete lifting include slab jacking and mudjacking. The process behind them includes pumping a concrete slurry underneath the broken or cracked slabs to lift them to their original position. This method of concrete lifting usually fails over time due to the root of the problem not being addressed, the soil. Since more concrete is being pumped underneath, the soils shift even more as the expansive concrete cures.  

However, there are many problems with this. The slurry almost always fills the center of the sunken area, leaving the corners exposed. As well as the procedure being extremely invasive and taking a long time to finally cure.   

  • Ignoring the Problem  

If you are unaware of the effects that cracked or uneven concrete can have, you are not alone. Many people don’t usually pay attention to cracks in concrete or slabs that are a little higher than usual if they aren’t being affected by it. Unfortunately, letting this problem persist can result in the concrete sinking even further.  

This can also cause structural defects as time goes on, as well as severe tripping hazards for anyone with mobility issues such as older adults or young children.  

  • Polyurethane Foam Injections 

One of the best solutions to effectively lifting and stabilizing your cracked and uneven concrete slabs is polyurethane foam injections. With this proven solution, our experts can inject a mixture of two different products underneath your concrete slabs through dime-sized holes. This minimally invasive solution is also safe for the environment as its chemicals don’t seep into the surrounding soil.  

Since this product has a quick cure time, you’ll be able to use your concrete within about 15 minutes of the injections. After the foam is injected, our team will cover up the holes and restore your concrete to like new again!  

Choose Concrete Lifting with Help from Experts at FSM  

When you start to notice cracks and uneven concrete around your home, it may be time to call in the experts for concrete lifting solutions. Our proven solution, PolyRenewal™, can lift and restore your concrete within the same day. Leaving you to safely use your porch steps, driveway, or pool deck without having to worry. Call FSM today to set up a free inspection and written estimate for our tailored solutions!  

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