Concrete is pretty amazing stuff. It can be poured, shaped and made into just about anything you like. But even though it’s incredibly strong, it’s not indestructible. So, when you see cracked concrete or a driveway or patio that has sunken or broken slabs or is pitted, flaked and stained, there are reasons why these things happen.
The good news is, thanks to the latest technology and techniques Dritek Foundation Solutions can lift, level, seal and protect concrete, so that it looks great and works as it should for many years into the future. This not only helps maintain your home’s value, but also improves your quality of life, and, most importantly, restores your peace of mind.
When your home was built, the contractor likely moved the soil around the building site resulting in poorly compacted soil. And even when it is compacted well, it’s never as stable as the original soil. Over time, this can cause voids to form and slabs to settle.
Another cause of soil failure is drought. During dry conditions or even just during periods of warm weather and low precipitation, the soil under your concrete will dry out and shrink, creating voids. The concrete above eventually cracks and sinks into these empty spaces; especially if any weight is placed on it.
When the rains return, the water has an even easier pathway under the slab due to cracks and crevices left over from the dry period. And this wet, soft soil is just too weak to support the concrete above it. In the worst case, the soil erodes and washes away completely, leaving behind large voids that cannot support the weight of the concrete above.
Moisture is concrete’s strongest enemy. It seeps into the pores of untreated concrete, and when temperatures drop, especially during freeze-thaw cycles, that trapped moisture expands as it turns to ice.
This expansion destroys the pores and weakens the concrete. This results in concrete slabs that can pit and flake. Concrete’s porous nature also makes it susceptible to staining when left untreated.
As a homeowner, you don’t just have to worry about your own concrete slabs; you should be concerned with the slabs that make up the street that goes past your house.
During colder months, your street’s slabs contract, opening up the joints between them. Those joints then become filled with pebbles and other debris. Then, when the warm weather returns, the slabs expand again — only the joints that were designed to absorb this expansion are now filled with material that won’t compress. This leaves the expansion pressure nowhere to go except up your driveway. This “street creep,” as it is known, exerts incredible pressure on your home and can cause all sorts of problems.
Learn more about our Concrete Repair Solutions here. The good news is, thanks to the latest technology and techniques Dritek Foundation Solutions can lift, level, seal and protect concrete, so that it looks great and works as it should for many years into the future. This not only helps maintain your home’s value, but also improves your quality of life, and, most importantly, restores your peace of mind.
Put simply: because we can permanently repair your foundation problems on time and on budget. Don’t Settle!
Dritek Foundation Solutions has been making homes whole and restoring their owners’ peace of mind for more than 30 years. We’re a member of the Supportworks network — a group of more than 130 contractors across the United States and Canada that is committed to redefining the industry by proving that more is possible when it comes to the homeowner-contractor experience.
Honesty. Transparency. Courtesy. Respect. These are the values that drive us, from the person who first takes your call to the person who shakes your hand when the job is completed to your satisfaction. Don’t settle – call us today – you’ll be glad you did!
When you schedule an appointment with us, one of our design techs will come out to your home to speak with you and inspect your home’s issues in person. He or she will answer your questions and address your concerns. Then, together, you’ll sit down and go through a solution that is tailored to your home’s unique situation. And, by the time we’re done, you’ll know three things:
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