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Problem Signs

Cracked concrete, unlevel slabs, and soil erosion are just a few problem signs to look out for to ensure the health of your home's concrete. Learn more.

For many homeowners, cracked or unlevel concrete is just one item on a laundry list of things to fix around their home. At Mount Valley Foundation Services, we understand that it can be easy to put off concrete repair. However, waiting too long to address these issues can lead to more advanced, and ultimately more expensive repairs in the long run.  

At the first signs of concrete damage, it’s wise to take action, and save money in the long run. Here, we’ll discuss concrete problem signs to look out for and how you can fight back.  

Do Any Of These Concrete Problem Signs Sound Familiar? 

If you see any of these signs in the exterior concrete of your home, it may be time to call an expert.  

  • Cracking 
  • Flaking 
  • Pitting 
  • Spalling 
  • Tilted or sloping concrete slabs  
  • Pool deck cracks or unevenness 
  • Uneven concrete steps 
  • Ingrown Tree Roots 

When concrete damage progresses to the extent of the above problem signs, it’s gone beyond a cosmetic annoyance. Many of these issues can erupt into a safety issue for older adults, young children, or even those with physical disabilities.  

If you see any of these warning signs, it’s time to take action and find a permanent solution. Explore more ways that your concrete can sustain damage below.  

What Causes Concrete to Crack and Experience Damage? 

For concrete damage to progress to cracks and severe heaving, the root cause is typically mother nature and the soil below. Much of South Carolina and parts of Georgia have natively clay soil; while this is excellent for yielding crops, it can be detrimental to many homeowners’ foundations and exterior concrete.  

The frequent and healthy rain found in our neck of the woods enhances clay soil’s expansive quality. This means that when clay soil encounters water, it expands, driving pressure onto the concrete structures above and around it. The inverse effect also occurs; during long dry spells, clay soil will shrink and crumble, creating air pockets in the soil beneath your concrete. This can cause a lack of support beneath your concrete, allowing it to buckle and collapse inward.  

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Here’s How PolyRenewalTM Injections Can Revive Your Concrete 

Traditional means of repairing concrete, like slab jacking or mud jacking, have always been highly invasive, messy, and ultimately less effective forms of concrete repair.  

The experts at Mount Valley Foundation Services recommend PolyRenewalTM polyurethane foam injections as a long-term solution for concrete repair. By making tiny incisions in your concrete, installers will inject lightweight concrete lifting foam underneath your driveway, sidewalk, or patio. In about 15 minutes, this solution will be safe to walk on. Typically, PolyRenewalTM installation only takes a day, so you can feel immediate relief about your repair decision.  

Concrete Patches or Concrete Crack Filler Won’t Solve The Problem 

While it may seem like an easy fix, DIYing concrete repair with crack filler won’t solve your concrete problems in the long term. Since it’s only a cosmetic fix, it’s simply covering up the problem instead of stopping it at the source. 

Call Mount Valley Foundation Services Today For Your Free Concrete Inspection 

At Mount Valley Foundation Services, we offer free inspections of your whole home, so that we are able to spot and target the true cause of your concrete’s damage. We also provide free quotes so that you can feel confident about your decision to restore your concrete with us.  

With our longstanding reputation for excellent service and decades of experience in foundation repair, crawl space encapsulation, and concrete lifting, we’re proud to serve your South Carolina home. Set up your first appointment today!  


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