A cracked concrete slab can be caused by shrinkage or changes in the soil, which result in house settling. And if you have a cracked slab because of house settling, then you have some other foundation problems.
Take a walk around your home and look for other problem signs like drywall cracks, cracked bricks or drywall nail pops. If you see any of these other problems, then it’s time to consult with an expert.
What Do I Need to Do First?
First you need to find the source of your cracked concrete slab foundation, which typically stems from a foundation problem of some kind. This process is messy and time consuming; forcing you to crawl around your foundation in search for problem signs.
You can browse through the various problems signs and information on this page. Or, just give us a call at 866-370-4816 to have one of our foundation repair experts come out and take a look. As our thanks, you'll also receive a free Homeowner's Guide to Foundation Repair when you request an appointment online.
Do These Slab Cracks Look Familiar?
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Why Do I Have a Cracked Slab?
Cracks in a concrete slab foundation can be caused by shrinkage, settlement or even expansive soil.
It’s a fact of life, concrete shrinks. These types of cracks typically show up shortly after the concrete’s poured and before it’s had time to fully dry. Most of the time, shrinkage cracks aren’t cause for concern however, if your home is older than 6 months and these cracks start to show up, you could have a foundation problem.
If the ground you home sits on is no longer able to support the weight, you’ll start to notice cracks in your concrete slab. You may even be able to see these cracks outside of your home in the bricks or around the steps. If your cracked slab is caused by settlement, then your home needs additional support to prevent additional damage.
Clay soil is a type of expansive soil. It expands more than other soil types when wet, and shrinks more when dry. This dramatic movement can be the source of a cracked slab. And if you live in an area that freezes, then frost heaves will also create a foundation problem.
Can I Fix My Cracked Slab?
Fixing your cracked concrete slab foundation isn’t a DIY project. A concrete patch, caulking or sand packing are nothing more than quick-fixes which cover up the slab cracks. They don’t address and repair the cause of the slab cracks: your settling foundation or expansive soil.
What Do I Do Now?
Before you spend time and money on a cosmetic fix, call in your foundation repair experts and make sure that cracked slab isn’t a serious foundation problem.
Our foundation repair specialist will perform a complete investigation of your home’s foundation and let you know the cause of the cracked concrete slab foundation. If your home needs repair, we’ll work with you to create a customized, economical foundation repair solution.
And if your concrete cracks are nothing more than a cosmetic problem, we’ll tell you.
|The Experts at JES can Help!|
If you're not sure of the source of your concrete cracks, give us a call at 866-370-4816, and schedule a free inspection. We'll find out the cause of the problem and help you find the perfect solution.
We offer several foundation repair solutions, also known as underpinning. Underpinning is the process of stabilizing your home’s foundation by installing support piers under your home’s foundation. The piers are installed into a stable layer of earth, offering a long-term solution to your home’s foundation problems.
Our Professional Engineers evaluate and approve every foundation underpinning solution. So you can be confident knowing that you’re receiving the best solution for your cracked slab.
A few of the underpinning solutions we may recommend are JES Helical Piers, JES Push Piers, and JES Slab Piers. Another alternative for cracked concrete slabs is our Polyurethane Foam Injection, depending on your foundation repair needs.
Get Your Free Homeowner’s Guide to
Have you ever wondered about your cracked concrete block foundation? Or if those brick cracks are a sign that you have a bigger problem? Our Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair is your resource for learning about foundation problems, causes and solutions.
Request your free foundation repair inspection and receive your own copy of the e-book, as our thanks for putting your trust in JES.