Concrete Setting: The Basics
Concrete settling is a natural part of the curing process, but over time concrete settling can result in unsightly cracks or disintegration of the concrete surface. Knowing more about it can help you prevent it and take corrective measure in case it does occur.
How Concrete Settles
Concrete settling occurs when the ground below it shifts or moves.
The main reasons concrete settling occurs are:
- Inadequately compacted soil
- Trees and vegetation growing near your building
- Flooding or drainage issues
What Concrete Settling Can Do To Your Building
Concrete settling can cause a number of issues to your building. They say every good building needs a solid foundation. This is absolutely true and if your foundation starts settling into the ground, then you can expect to see cracking along the walls where the building is spreading out. The concrete will also develop cracks in it because the concrete relies on the compacted soil beneath it.
What To Do If You See Concrete Settling
If you notice hairline cracks or uneven surfaces, the first thing to do is to have your concrete evaluated by a professional. An inspector can assess the damage and help identify solutions, like what we offer here at Advanced Construction. While silicon sealants can help provide some temporary, superficial relief more extensive issues may require some sort of lifting of the concrete slabs or complete replacement.