Monday, September 28th, 2020 by Aubree Stamper
In the summer months, a lot can happen to the concrete in and around our homes. And with more people out and about (especially after being trapped inside for so long), concrete issues might feel more noticeable – and more annoying. From a sunken sidewalk slab to a cracked concrete driveway, the climate of the region has a direct impact on the soil and, ultimately, the concrete on top of it.
In Michigan, we experience a lot of rain between March and October. There's over a 26% chance of it raining on any given day during that time. The rain saturates the soil and can soften it, making concrete slabs sink. Rain and water can also wash away the dirt under and around concrete. This erodes the support underneath the concrete, causing it to crack and drop.
Dry weather and the hot summer sun can also dry out the soil around your home. As the moisture in the soil evaporates, the dirt shrinks – or takes up less space – impacting the stability underneath the concrete. Much like when dirt is washed away, the lack of support can cause the concrete to crack and fall. While it may only drop a few inches or centimeters, it can dramatically impact the safety and quality of life for those who walk on it.
While weather patterns might feel like a never-ending cycle of concrete problems, there are simple and permanent fixes. Our company has helped countless homeowners by lifting their sunken sidewalk slab, repaired their cracked driveway and, ultimately, restored their curb appeal and safety around their home. We do this with our innovative PolyLevel system. An expanding polyurethane foam is injected under the concrete to raise and level it. And don't worry, it doesn't hurt the environment!
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation inspection!