Effects of Cold Weather on Concrete and How Weather Changes Can Cause Concrete Damage
Changing weather conditions is the main reason for soil washout and sinking concrete. As the weather changes, it impacts the density of the soil beneath your concrete slabs and can impact your concrete. As it rains, the soils swell up as they fill with water. This swelling will cause the soils to shift and expand, pushing against anything in its way. Occasionally, the swell is so great, that concrete slabs will heave upward and cause uneven concrete.
During dry weather conditions, the opposite occurs and the soil contracts and shrinks down in size. As the moisture leaches out of the soil underneath, the soil itself takes up less space, allowing the concrete slabs on top to shift and sink down under the weight of the slab. The dryness of the soil creates voids and causes it to become less supportive, resulting in sunken concrete. This can occur on your sidewalk, driveway, or patio.
Wet or dry weather conditions can create problems for your concrete. Either way, it can cause your concrete slabs to heave or sink and create an uneven surface. As a result, it can decrease the value of your home and create dangerous tripping hazards for your family. If it happens on your sidewalk, most cities require the homeowner to be responsible for getting it repaired. If someone injures themselves on your uneven sidewalk, you could be responsible.
MidAmerica Basement Systems has helped families for over 30 years. We offer solutions to lift your concrete slabs and create a safe, even surface. It will keep your family safe and restore your home’s value. If you notice signs of sunken concrete, we can inspect your concrete and provide a recommendation for a solution. Contact us today for your free quote!