Concrete Slab Repair

How To Prevent Foundation Slab Failure

Concrete slabs are one of the most important parts of your home — quite literally, they make up the foundation on which your home rests. When slabs become damaged, they need to be repaired by a professional foundation repair company as soon as possible, as ignoring these repairs could cause you to incur even larger financial and emotional costs further down the road. To begin, let’s try and answer a simple question upfront: what kinds of issues cause someone to need concrete slab repair? There are a variety of reasons why this could be the case, so we will take a few moments to look at some of the most common ones.

Common Causes Of Foundation Damage

Constant fluctuations in soil conditions and intrusive forces, such as tree roots, can cause serious damage to your foundation. Cracked brick? Sagging floors? Uneven concrete? These are among the most common warning signs of foundation damage that indicate the need for prompt foundation repair. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a foundation inspection.

Soil Size Changes

This issue typically occurs with homes built on clay soil, such as those in the southern United States (we’re looking at you, Georgia). Clay soil expands and contracts much more than other types of soil, enough to where it could negatively impact the foundation of your home. If you start to notice that this is damaging your concrete slabs, consult with a professional right away.

Concrete Shrinkage

Another fairly common cause of foundation damage is when the concrete is poured but hasn’t had enough time to fully dry at that point in time. It is a naturally occurring process within the first six months or so, but after that, if you start to notice this issue, then corrective steps need to be taken as soon as humanly possible to address the issue and to stabilize the foundation.

House Settlement

This is one of the most common causes of damage to concrete, especially if you live in an area that is prone to sinkholes or receives a lot of rain throughout the year in general. It occurs when the ground your home is currently situated on can no longer support the weight of the structure any longer. This is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as someone notices it.

Can You Undertake Slab Repair On Your Own?

In a nutshell: no, you cannot. Not only are you unlikely to have the skill set necessary to complete the task, but it also requires specialized tools that most people simply just do not have laying around their homes. If you have suddenly found yourself contending with one of these issues, the best thing you can do for yourself is consult the services of a certified foundation repair specialist. We are trained professionals who will not only know what to look for and know how to fix the problem once we have identified it — and we also have the necessary tools and experience to finish the job.

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