General Questions (2)
Concrete settles as the soil underneath a slab, either compacts (the water in the ground has evaporated to the point that it has shrunken) or a void or pocket has been created due to erosion from running water (from a downspout or a natural sloping of the ground toward your cement) or rainwater, causing a concrete slab to sink, settle or become uneven.
The four seasons in Maine move and change soil conditions every year. When a region experiences less rain or moisture, the water in the soil evaporates which dries the soil causing the cement slabs to sink into the ground in an uneven way.
Winter snow and ice or improper draining onto your driveway can be especially problematic for concrete. Make sure when the ground thaws each spring you check your driveway and sidewalks for gaps between the concrete slabs. If you think you may have an issue with sinking concrete, call us. The sooner you call us the more cost effective our visit can be!
Voids- Can develop due to soils not being properly compacted before concrete is poured, through erosion, and poor drainage.