The Dangers of Sinking Concrete

It’s easy to see why issues like mold and foundation cracks need immediate intervention, but some homeowners can be confused regarding why they need to fix sunken concrete. If it’s just an aesthetic problem, why invest money into fixing it?

The reality is, it’s not just an aesthetic problem. This is how sinking concrete can impact your home in three of the most common places to find concrete.

On Your Patio 

If you have a patio that rests on the soil, chances are you’ve poured some kind of concrete on it. That might be a significant amount of the area, small pieces of the lawn, or a walkway leading up to the door.

The thing is, you probably walk on that concrete every day. Concrete patio sinking can lead to trips and falls as the different pieces of concrete slowly become more out of place with each other. The last thing you want is for someone to take an unexpected spill while carrying something important.

Additionally, entropy happens very slowly, and there’s no real way to know when something’s going to break. If a thin layer of sunken concrete gets to a specific point, you may find that one day, stepping on it causes it to crack pretty dramatically underneath your feet.

In Your Garage and Driveway

Sunken concrete can also cause problems in the garage and driveway. That’s because it’s traditionally able to withstand a lot of weight, especially if it’s poured more thickly. However, problems can arise when it starts sinking.

Although your car’s tires can probably handle a limited amount of bumps, they’re not meant to drive over cracks and sharp bumps every day. Even the small bumps that the unaligned concrete can create may cause tire issues.

The sunken concrete may also have sharp edges. If your car drives into a piece of sunken concrete with abnormally sharp edges that stick out just a little too much, you can end up with an unexpected flat tire.

In Your Basement 

If your crawl space or basement doesn’t have an exposed dirt floor, it likely has a concrete floor. Older homes may have stone foundations, but most modern homes have concrete foundations because they’re less prone to cracking.

However, if you’re starting to see a sinking basement floor, that can indicate trouble. It may mean that your actual foundation is having issues. Homes set up for foundation trouble can have problems strewn throughout the entire structure.

If you don’t fix a sinking basement floor, you’re opening yourself up to other problems that foundation issues tend to cause. In the worst-case scenario, home walls may even end up falling down if you don’t fix these foundation problems.

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