Do You Know the Reasons for Outdoor Concrete Sinking?
Quite often you must have noticed that there is a crack, unevenness or sinking of concrete surface in your room particularly if the house is quite old where the concrete is used on the floor. The reason is that concrete is a heavy material and the soil that is underneath may not be able to support its weight for a very long duration. Part of the concrete slab may be getting proper support from underneath while the other section may not be getting enough support and as a result such crack or sinking effects are visible.
What are the primary causes of such deformation of the concrete surface? Many construction experts have applied their mind and come out with following few reasons.
- Shrinkage of soil and setting and compaction issues
The type of soil at every place is not the same. Therefore load bearing capacity of the soil will vary from place to place. If the load bearing capacity of the soil is high then the soil will be more compact and settled. If there is a presence of large amount of clay and silt then they may tend to become shrink after they are dried up. As the condition of the soil changes with time the unsupported slab will tend to sink and get cracked at some corner.
- Washout of soils
It is also possible that the soil under your patio, driveway or any concrete floor may not remain after few years in order to offer the required support to concrete surface. That is because the water moves underneath the concrete floor and that can wash away the soil present that was supporting the concrete’s weight. Due to this reason a void is created and there is an empty space under the concrete slab. Due to this reason your concrete slab is going to sink.
You will notice that in many places this problem is resolved by using the concept of concrete raising Houston. With such option, your concrete slab will not remain supported by any soil underneath. Hence, there is no chance of it getting shrunk or washed-out. These concrete rising is done by using few special tools used by trained contractor.
There are number of advantages of such concrete raising idea as this will not only enhance the space in your room but also gives additional attraction in the look of the room. You can find such raised concrete construction in various offices, IT centers and many such other places.