Is the foundation of your home cracked? What about your driveway or sidewalk? When cracks form in concrete, that concrete becomes less stable and isn’t as safe as it was before. The cracks will continue to get bigger and bigger until they’re impossible to ignore, so it’s important to take action now before they cause bigger problems and cost more money in the future.
Because foundations, driveways, and sidewalks are made of concrete, cracks often tend to form. There are many reasons cracks form in concrete, but no matter what the reason, you should have them fixed right away before they get bigger and harder to deal with in the future.
What causes foundation cracks?
There are many reasons foundation cracks form. Multiple reasons have to do with how much water is present in the soil beneath and around your house. If there is an excessive amount of water present, then the soil expands and pushes against the walls of your home and the pressure causes cracks to appear. This is more likely to happen if you live in a place with lots of rainfall or snow. Excessive moisture also comes with drainage issues, plumbing leaks, and broken sprinkler pipes.
In addition, hydrostatic pressure can cause your foundation to crack. If there is a buildup of water around your foundation, the pressure of that water will push against the concrete and form cracks.
On the other hand, if there is too little water in the soil around your home, the soil will contract and put strain on your home’s foundation. This extra strain then leads to cracks forming. The soil near your house may not have enough water if your area is going through a dry spell or if there are trees planted too close to your foundation. Tree roots take up a lot of the moisture in the ground and may not leave enough for the soil near the foundation. If you notice that the soil around your home is extra dry, you can try watering it a bit to help it get some moisture. Just be careful not to water it too much.
Another reason cracks form in house foundations is because of drainage issues. If your property doesn’t drain well and water is left standing in some places near your foundation but not in others, the ground may shift unevenly and cracks will appear.
If you notice any of these problems around your home and cracks begin to appear in your foundation, call a professional foundation contractor. Not all cracks indicate a serious problem, especially if the cracks are small. However, some cracks do indicate serious issues and even small cracks will get bigger over time, so it’s best to have them inspected and determine if you need to do anything about the issue right now.
What causes driveways cracks?
If your driveway is cracked, then it won’t look very good. Having a cracked driveway isn’t dangerous like having a cracked foundation, but it certainly doesn’t look good and can be very annoying. If your driveway is cracked, you can have it fixed by a professional contractor.
There are a couple reasons your driveway may be cracked. If your driveway is older than 20 years, then it may just be old. As concrete gets older, the materials begin to separate and break down. This separation causes cracks to appear. If your driveway is old and you’re sick of looking at the cracks, then it may be time for an entirely new driveway.
If your driveway is younger than 20 years and is cracking, then it’s possible that it was installed incorrectly. If the base or sub-base of a driveway isn’t installed properly, that driveway will begin to crack much sooner than it should. If there’s something wrong with the way your driveway was put in, it’s a good idea to have it inspected and possibly fixed. If you don’t, the cracks will just get worse and you’ll end up needing to replace your entire driveway much sooner than you normally would.
Another reason your driveway may be cracking is because you’re using salt to thaw ice during the winter. While salt helps to provide traction on slippery surfaces, it can seriously damage the concrete underneath. Once the ice has thawed beneath the salt, that salt then seeps into the concrete. This salt then freezes and puts pressure on the above material, eventually causing a crack to form. To avoid this problem, you can use sand to give you traction on ice. If you really need to melt the ice on your driveway, use a minimum amount of salt-based product.
What causes sidewalk cracks?
Cracks in sidewalks are often caused by the same issues as cracks in driveways. If your sidewalk is cracking, it may be old, or it may be installed improperly, or you may be using too much of a salt-based product during the winter, among other issues.
Something else that can cause cracks in concrete (driveway or sidewalk) is if you put something really heavy on top of it. Concrete does have a weight limit and if an extremely heavy object is placed or dropped onto concrete, that concrete is likely to crack. Just be careful about what you’re putting on your concrete and make sure you aren’t dropping really heavy objects.
What you can do about cracks in concrete:
If you’re looking at a very small or thin crack in a sidewalk or driveway, then you can patch it yourself if that’s what you want to do. If it’s a crack in your foundation, you should have it inspected by a professional to ensure that it won’t do any more damage to your foundation. If it’s a bigger crack in a foundation, driveway, or sidewalk, you should definitely hire a professional to inspect and repair it.
No matter what concrete is cracked —foundation, driveway, or sidewalk—you can get help from a professional contractor. If you live in Utah in Washington or Iron county, you can rely on Utah Foundation Repair for all your cracked concrete needs.
Utah Foundation Repair is dedicated to providing high-quality service at an affordable price. It doesn’t matter where a crack has formed, how big it is, or what caused the crack, Utah Foundation Repair can help fix it.
To get a crack inspected or repaired, contact Utah Foundation Repair today. We know that cracks in a foundation can be dangerous and cracks in a driveway or sidewalk can be ugly and annoying, and that’s why we want to help. We always put our customers first and do our best to make this process as easy as possible on you. Contact Utah Foundation Repair today!
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