Concrete Settlement: Common Causes and Solutions

Posted by: | Posted on: March 24, 2021

A sunken sidewalk, stairs, porch or patio, or driveway is most likely the product of one or both of two very common factors: roof runoff and poor soil, such as clay or top soil. Addressing the underlying cause of the sinking, as well as getting concrete raised, is a cost-effective solution that will save the homeowner money in the long run. Learn more by visiting Appliance repair service.

Many homeowners are unaware of how much water can flow off a roof during even a light rain; it can amount to thousands of gallons! A home with poor water drainage, such as a lack of gutters or downspouts, can develop sinking concrete and a wet basement.

We recommend burying downspouts in a way that channels water away from the house to help solve the problem and avoid further harm. Installing proper gutters and a solid drain pipe in the field, then connecting the downspouts to that pipe, allows water from your roof to drain safely, protecting your concrete, landscaping, and basement. This is a relatively straightforward and low-cost repair.

Once the source of the problem is identified (if it can be identified), a homeowner can get the dangerous concrete lifted back up, which not only avoids further problems but also improves the home’s aesthetics.

Concrete raising (also known as concrete lifting or mud-jacking) is a low-cost method of restoring a home’s sunken concrete to its original level. A slurry (or concrete-like liquid) is pumped down under the slab into a matrix of holes drilled in the desired parts of concrete. The slurry fills the hole and protects the concrete by forcing it back up to grade. After that, the drilled holes are inconspicuously sealed with concrete, and the job is finished.

Many homeowners who are unaware of the mud-jacking process or the cause of sunken concrete will simply fix the concrete without addressing the underlying issue. If the true issue was not solved, the new concrete would settle much like the old, and in most instances, the cost of replacement is double that of a successful repair! Resolving the cause of the settlement and raising the concrete, on the other hand, is a winning combination for a long-lasting and cost-effective repair.