7 GREAT Reasons To Fix My Sinking, Unlevel Slab

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Susan Xiong

Sometimes when we live with a problem long enough, we can almost forget that it's there. But make no mistake, concrete that is out of level won't fix itself, and over time the additional problems and damages become more and more serious and costly. Doesn't it make sense to fix it now? 

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Here are 7 great reasons to fix your sinking, unlevel slab:

1. The problem will get worse:
Once a slab is cracked and sinking, it simply won't get better with time. In fact, it only gets worse, and as it gets worse, guess what? The solution costs more. 

2. Resale value:
Who wants to buy a house with an unlevel driveway, a stoop pulling away from the house, or floors that are cracked and sinking? Nobody.

3. Appearance: 
Concrete that is out of level can often cause ugly cracks not only in the slab itself, but also in any structure that is resting on top of that slab. That means cracks in brick, drywall, plaster, or any other material the structure is made from. 

4. Safety:
Have you ever take a walk on a sidewalk and tripped over a section of concrete that was a different level than the rest? Those trip hazards can be dangerous and open you up to unwanted liability.

5. Water intrusion: 
Cracks in a concrete slab allow elements from the outside, inside. Cracks let in water, or at the very least moisture, which can damage your living space in a variety of ways. 

6. Pooling water:
As concrete cracks and settles, it creates a perfect environment for water to pool, and what happens to that pooled water when it becomes cold outside? That's right, ice forms, causing more saftey concerns.

7. Structural damage:
As a concrete slab begins to crack and settle, the structure above will crack and settle as wel. This can cause doors to stick, windows to bind, and other structural damages throughout your home. 

Excerpt taken from: Slab Repair Science: What to have done with your sinking slab and why by Foundation Supportworks, Inc. 

 

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