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There are many factors that can cause damage to your concrete. Learn more about some of the most common causes of concrete failure.

As time goes on, the concrete structures around your home become damaged due to a variety of reasons. Although quite common and normal, it’s frustrating dealing with the effects of cracked and sunken concrete. Thankfully there are solutions such as concrete lifting that can remedy your damaged concrete and restore it back to its original stability. Whether you’re using it to fix aesthetic issues or alleviate potential foundation damage, concrete lifting is one of the most beneficial tools. Here is what you should know about concrete lifting in and around your Charleston home. 

How Does Concrete Become Damaged? 

Uneven and sunken concrete is more than just an eyesore, it can become dangerous for anyone using it. If left unrepaired, it can also cause foundation damage to your home. Here are some of the most common ways concrete becomes damaged.  

  • Water Pooling on the Concrete  

If your driveway, porch steps, or pool deck don’t have cracks throughout, they’re virtually waterproof, minus the fact that concrete is a porous material. Unfortunately, this ends when a crack spans across the length of the slab, causing water damage to the entire structure. These cracks can be caused by soil settlement or washout underneath the slab and can also result in unevenness and sinking.  

 
When the concrete starts to sink in certain places, any time it rains or snows, water will pool up in that area. This can be an indicator that more serious problems are at play that needs to be addressed immediately. 

  • Uneven Settling 

When you walk across your driveway or concrete steps, do you notice that one side of the concrete is higher than the other? You may be dealing with uneven settling which is usually connected to the soil underneath the concrete. If this is the case, it’s important to have your concrete lifted back to its original position to avoid any tripping hazards. 

  • Freeze and Thaw Cycles 

Thankfully places like Columbia, South Carolina, and Greenville, North Carolina don’t experience harsh winters, but temperatures can still drop below freezing. If they do get snow, the snow will freeze the soil underneath and shrink it. When it thaws come spring, that soil will expand due to the excess moisture content. 

Both the expanding and the contracting of the soil underneath the concrete slabs around your home can cause cracking and sinking. It’s vital to make sure that your concrete is either treated with anti-freeze chemicals in the winter to prevent this or shovel any snow off it.  

How Can I Lift Concrete? 

Are you noticing uneven or unlevel concrete in or around your home, or cracks and gaps in your doorways? If so, you may need concrete lifting repairs to restore your home’s functionality. Concrete slabs sink and settle over time and allowing them to be left unrepaired can lead to serious structural damage.  

  • Polyurethane Foam Injections 

As you may know, there are several traditional methods of concrete lifting on the market, including self-leveling compounds, mud jacking, and pier installations. Unfortunately, these methods are extremely invasive and can be more costly overall. Also, they often fail to address the root of the problem.  

Thankfully, the team at Mount Valley Foundation Services is proud to offer our proven concrete lifting solution, PolyRenewal™ foam injections. If you’re looking for a minimally invasive and cost-effective solution, look no further as this is the answer to your concrete problems. The process is relatively simple and the mixture cures in roughly 15 minutes so that you’re able to use your concrete structures the same day!  

Trust the Team at Mount Valley Foundation Services to Repair Your Sunken Concrete  

If you have issues with an uneven or cracked floor in your home or a sunken driveway, it’s time to call the experts at Mount Valley Foundation Services today for a quality solution. We offer a minimally invasive, fast, and effective repair with our PolyRenewal™ foam injections.  

Contact us by calling or emailing to set up a free, no-obligation inspection and written estimate to learn more about how PolyRenewal™ can make a difference in your home. We offer free estimates on all of our concrete lifting services throughout the South Carolina and Western North Carolina areas.  

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