When you built your home, you expected the concrete to stay in one place. That's what should happen. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances can cause problems with your concrete. Small cracks are easy to repair. You only need to use some concrete patch. But there are more serious problems that aren't as easy to repair. In some cases, your concrete will lose its footing. When that happens, concrete lifting is the only way to get it back into place. For those situations, you need to hire a concrete contractor. Here are four signs to watch for. If you see any of these signs, you may need to have your concrete lifted.
Your Foundation Is Sinking
Your home sets on a concrete foundation. The foundation stabilizes your entire home. In most cases, your concrete foundation can hold strong throughout the life of your home. But there may be times when the concrete sinks. Foundation sinking can occur through a variety of problems. A couple of those include earthquakes and water damage. Earthquakes cause soil movement. The movement can cause your foundation to sink. Water damage has the same effect. As water builds up under the house, the soil moves. If you feel dips in the floor of your home, it's time for an inspection. Your foundation may be sinking.
Your Concrete Slabs Are Uneven
If you've tripped over uneven areas in your concrete, there's a good chance your slabs are in trouble. When you had your concrete slabs poured, the forms were level. That ensured there wouldn't been uneven edges between sections. If you have visible lifts in your concrete sections, the soil may be giving way underneath. If that's the case, you need to talk to your contractor about concrete lifting.
Your Control Joints Have Separated
If you look at your concrete driveway and sidewalks, you see joints between each section. Those are control joints. They help prevent unwanted cracks from forming. They also help keep your driveway and sidewalk sections connected. If you see jagged cracks along the control joints, the concrete may separate. Water can also get under the sections and cause erosion. When that happens, your concrete sinks. If you see cracks and sink spots along the control joints, get help. You need to contact a concrete contractor right away.
Your Garage Doesn't Meet the Driveway
Finally, your driveway should butt right up against your garage floor. If it doesn't, some slipping has occurred. Unfortunately, once slipping happens, the concrete begins to sink. That leaves a gap between your driveway and your garage. If the problem isn't repaired, the situation will get worse. Now's the time to talk to your concrete contractor. They can lift your driveway back into the proper position.