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How to Repair a Slab Foundation

What are your options when it comes to slab foundation repair? The good news is, there are many ways to repair a broken slab concrete foundation. However, you need to make sure you’re using a repair that will actually work for your needs.

The best repair will depend on your specific situation. These are some options that may be available to you.

A Concrete Patch 

If the problem isn’t structural and is only aesthetic, like if the concrete has shrunk from drying, you may be able to fix it with a concrete patch. This goes over the top of the crack with new concrete, blending it into the rest of the foundation.

However, you can’t just apply a concrete patch and be done with it. If the problem is actually structural, this crack will just come back and you’ll have to fix it again.

Some problems might go away with a concrete patch, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Only a JES inspection can actually help you determine the problem.

Caulking Over the Crack

This is another potential option that works for larger cracks. You can blend the caulk into the rest of the foundation and create a solution that isn’t very visible, especially at just a quick glance.

However, like the concrete patch, it’s mostly a superficial fix. You can’t use this fix if the problem stems from a structural issue; it’s only useful for superficial problems that you want to cover over.

You may be able to do this one on your own, but only in very specific circumstances. Otherwise, you’re just ignoring the real problem. A JES expert will let you know whether you can caulk over the crack or whether you need much deeper fixes.

An Expert Inspection 

This is the only way to really know what’s going on with your foundation. You may have a general idea from the issues you’re seeing in your foundation, but you probably don’t have very much insight into the actual problems happening behind the scenes.

An inspection by one of the experts at JES will help you understand a little more about what’s going on with your foundation. This way, you’ll learn more about your foundation, the state of your home as a whole, and how you can fix these cracks.

Don’t leave a crack in your slab foundation until you simply can’t ignore it any longer. Instead, get in contact with a JES expert to learn more about what you can do to fix it.

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