Why Does Concrete Shift and Settle?

If your foundation is showing signs of cracks, uneven floors, and other failures, it is important to have them professionally repaired. Leaving such damage go unaddressed not only compromises the integrity of your property, but it also endangers you and your guests

Is your patio a tripping hazard and your driveway not much better? Concrete slab settlement is most common in stoops, patios, sidewalks, and driveways. Underlying soil issues are likely the culprit for your settling concrete.

There are several main causes for floor slab settlement:
Poor Soil Conditions: Clay soil is at the heart of many of these issues. When the soil dries and shrinks, gaps form between the slab and the soil creating a void. This void makes it impossible for the soil to support the floor slab, causing the floor to crack and sink.

Poor Drainage: Washout is often caused by plumbing leaks. If the leak is severe enough and there is a path for the water to flow freely it can wash out the soil underneath the slab.

Poor Compaction: Many homes are built on backfilled soils, but if it is not compacted correctly, the backfill will begin to compress and settle over time. This slow process will result in uneven compaction. This creates a void under the slab that over time will settle.

Enjoy your outdoor patio, pool deck, and sidewalks this summer without annoying and often dangerous cracks and settlement.  Contact us today to schedule concrete services in Illinois with our expertly trained team.