Sinking concrete is not only an eyesore, but also an indication of an underlying problem beneath the surface. The state of your home’s concrete doesn’t just impact curb appeal—it is crucial in ensuring safety and structural soundness. Immediately addressing sinking concrete can save time, money, and potential future complications. Homeowners like you, who prioritize aesthetics and structural integrity, may have noticed the concrete sinking in front of your garage and wondered: What causes this? Here’s what you should know about sinking concrete.
Signs of Concrete Sinking
Sinking concrete manifests in several distinct signs that homeowners should be vigilant about. The most evident indication is an uneven surface; if your driveway, sidewalk, or patio has areas that are lower than others, it’s a clear sign of sinking. Cracks that appear on the concrete surface, especially those that widen over time, often indicate settling issues.
Additionally, pooling water or the formation of puddles during rainfall can signal low spots caused by sinking. Adjacent structures, like stairs or pillars, pulling away or gaps forming between them and the concrete are also telltale signs. Observing these should prompt homeowners to seek a professional evaluation, as early detection can mitigate extensive damage and higher repair costs.
What Causes Sinking Concrete
- Soil Erosion: The ground under your concrete is vital in supporting the slab. Over time, water can wash away the soil, leaving a void underneath. Without adequate support, the weight of the concrete causes it to sink into these voids.
- Soil Compaction: Not all soil types are created equal. Some soils, when initially packed beneath concrete, can settle over time. This settling can create an uneven foundation, leading to your concrete sinking.
- Tree Roots and Organic Material: Trees and their sprawling roots can sometimes push against or under your concrete. Additionally, when organic materials like leaves and twigs decay beneath the slab, they can create voids where the concrete eventually sinks.
Mudjacking is a Hassle-Free Solution
When faced with concrete issues, you might think a complete replacement is the only option. Enter mudjacking—a process where a slurry mix is pumped under the sinking slab, filling the voids and raising the concrete back to its original position. Mudjacking is an effective remedy and a cost-efficient alternative to complete slab replacement.
The Advantages of Concrete Repair with Atlas Mudjacking:
- Cost-Efficient: Unlike the cost and hassle of replacing the entire concrete slab, mudjacking offers an affordable solution.
- Time-Saving: The mudjacking process is quick, often taking just a few hours, and the treated area can be used shortly after the procedure.
- Environmentally Friendly: Mudjacking utilizes natural and recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly option.
- Durable: When you choose Atlas Mudjacking, you get peace of mind with our four-year warranty. It’s our commitment to ensuring that our solutions are long-lasting and reliable.
Our Mudjacking Process
During your estimate session, we delve into the advantages of mudjacking or polyurethane injection, guiding you through the process. Once we secure your approval, we coordinate a convenient service date, ensure timely arrival with a prepared crew, and inform you about the day’s proceedings, including the concrete’s curing duration. After finishing, we thoroughly clean the area so you may immediately use your newly leveled concrete space.
Preserving Milwaukee’s Homes with Atlas Mudjacking
At Atlas Mudjacking, we’re not just another concrete company. We see every project as a partnership with homeowners like you. We aim to provide clear, concise, and approachable information, helping you understand the benefits of mudjacking in simple terms. You’ll find that our dedication to every project, regardless of size, is a testament to our commitment to excellence.
If you’re experiencing concrete sinking issues or want to understand more about the mudjacking process, contact us today to request a quote.