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Cracked Concrete

Close up of cracked concrete.

Concrete is one of the strongest materials in the world. However, concrete floors and walls can crack and deteriorate over time, affecting the appearance of your property. Cracked concrete can also jeopardize your home’s foundation, risking your family’s safety.

The Basement Guys’ concrete repairs solutions, including our SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections, can restore the look of your property and make it a safer and more liveable space. Learn about the signs and causes of concrete cracks below.

Cracked Concrete Explained

Like any material, concrete can develop lines, fractures, and splits, compromising your home’s structural integrity. Even minor surface lines and hairline cracks can put your property at risk and eventually lead to expensive repair jobs that potentially cost thousands of dollars. 

Cracks can appear on concrete surfaces around your home, including:

Other types of damage can occur alongside concrete cracks, such as:

Calling in professional concrete experts like The Basement Guys can prevent these issues from getting worse.

Causes of Cracked Concrete

Cracks on concrete can develop for various reasons, including:

  • Soil Settling and Erosion: Erosion, shifting, and soil washout underneath concrete cause it to sink and become unstable, leading to cracks and uneven settlement. 
  • Adverse Weather: Excessive rain, flooding, and snowmelt runoff make soil erosion worse, especially on properties built on clay-based soil. Freeze-thaw cycles cause water in concrete to freeze and expand, resulting in cracks.
  • Tree Root Impact: The growth of tree roots under or around concrete slabs displaces soil and exerts pressure on concrete, causing cracks and upward movement. 
  • Installation Challenges: Mistakes during the concrete pouring or curing processes cause concrete to become weak and unstable, leading to cracks. 

Can You Fix Cracked Concrete? 

You can repair cracks in concrete, but you need to be fast! Ignoring this issue can result in long-term structural and safety problems on your property. Consider contacting professionals like The Basement Guys to fix cracked concrete. 

Sealing cracks or using traditional methods like mud jacking won’t address the root cause of damaged concrete. You need a comprehensive solution that goes beyond surface-level repairs, preventing problems from reoccurring in the future. For example, our state-of-the-art PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injection technology can lift and stabilize cracking and sinking on concrete surfaces in your home. Alternatively, foundation piers or slab piers can stabilize and raise sinking slab foundations.

How to Fix Cracked Concrete 

Our process for fixing cracks in concrete includes:

  • Detailed inspection of your home to identify the cause of the issue.
  • Injecting closed-cell polyurethane foam under concrete.
  • Sealing cracks and joints to prevent future damage. 
  • Monitoring concrete surfaces during annual maintenance inspections.

Why Solve Cracked Concrete Problems Now?

Repairing concrete cracks immediately is a good idea to:

  • Stop Additional Damage: Water can widen cracks if you put off repairs, leading to bigger and more expensive problems. 
  • Prevent Foundation Issues: Settling soil under steps is a sign of foundation instability. Fixing this problem now can safeguard your home’s structural integrity. 
  • Increase Safety: Sinking and uneven stairs pose a significant risk of injury for you and your family. Concrete lifting rectifies this hazard, improving safety in your home. 
  • Boost Property Value: Cracked concrete impacts your property’s curb appeal and can decrease its worth. 

Contact Us for the Best Concrete Lifting Solutions in Ohio

The Basement Guys have all the solutions you need for cracked concrete in your property. Our concrete lifting service can protect your home from further damage, eliminate safety hazards, and restore the appearance of your interior spaces. 

With more than 20 years of experience in concrete repairs, we’re the go-to concrete lifting experts in the Greater Cleveland metro area. Schedule a free, no-obligation inspection now for peace of mind!

FAQs

Cracked concrete is a problem that may indicate underlying issues, like settlement or structural instability. Contact The Basement Guys® for a free inspection to identify the cause and severity of the cracks and determine the best repair solution for your property.

Cracked concrete may not be an immediate danger, but it can lead to safety risks, especially if left unrepaired. It is best to contact The Basement Guys® for a free inspection to ensure your property remains safe and stable.

Minor concrete cracks are often repaired using DIY repair methods, like concrete patching or sealants, but that may not be the best option. Small and large concrete cracks should be inspected by a professional to ensure the underlying causes are addressed and repaired correctly. Contact The Basement Guys® for a free concrete inspection.

Disclaimer: By “concrete leveling,” we mean the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in most cases lifted, by means of our PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. The Basement Guys does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make your concrete perfectly level.

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