Sinking Concrete

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Leading Signs of Sinking Concrete

Concrete sinks deeper into the ground on which it sits for a variety of reasons. The reasons are similar whether they’re concrete slabs outdoors in your pool area, garden and driveway or concrete floors inside your house. To stop concrete from sinking deeper permanently, understanding the reason behind the sinking is of tantamount importance. If you’re wondering why you have sinking concrete outside and/or inside your home, read on for some of the top reasons.

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Sinking Concrete Cause No. 1:
Stormwater Damage

Flooded or overflowing stormwater drains can be one of the biggest reasons for sinking concrete. Instead of directing water away from your home, they direct water towards and around its foundations.

With nowhere for the water to run off, the water can only soak into the ground underneath your concrete floor, driveway, stairways, patios or pool area. This excessive soaking causes soil erosion leading to instability of the ground and eventually sinking.

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Sinking Concrete Cause No. 2:
Poor Drainage

This is a similar cause to stormwater damage in that there’s an overflow of water. But instead of the water coming from overflowing or flooded stormwater drains, it comes from your home’s burst, cracked and/or unconnected pipes.

The malfunctioning pipes leak and pool water into specific spots underneath your concrete slabs and floors. This causes the soil to become saturated, weak and unstable leading straight to sinking concrete.

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Sinking Concrete Cause No. 3:
Poor Compaction of Sub-Soils

Builders have a responsibility to compact soils before constructing a home upon it. Compacting soils drives air out from between the soil grains, densifying the ground to make it more stable to build on. Sometimes, builders deliberately skip the soil compaction process to save time, only complete a fraction of the process or forget it entirely.

In any case, soil that isn’t compacted properly is still full of air. Heavy concrete placed on top of a surface like this is bound to sink.

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Sinking Concrete Cause No. 4:
Vibrations

Concrete can sink due to intense vibrations in the ground. Excavators operating at a nearby construction site, semi-trailers passing by at high speed on a local freeway and planes taking off and landing at a nearby airport can all bring on these intense vibrations. These vibrations tend to shake and aerate soil which eventually leads to instability and sinking concrete.

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Sinking Concrete Cause No. 5:
Reactive Clay

Reactive clay soil is a dense material that expands under wet conditions and contracts under dry, hot conditions. If your concrete slabs or floors are built upon reactive clay, they’re susceptible to lifting and sinking throughout the year. If your concrete happens to be sinking while the weather is extremely hot and dry, it’s likely your concrete is sitting on reactive clay soil.

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