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using concrete to create an outdoor living space

Three Signs You May Need Concrete Lifting Completed

by Eugene Mitchell

Concrete lifting is a technique that involves spraying different materials under a concrete surface, such as a concrete patio, walkway, or foundation, to lift and level a concrete surface. The material that is sprayed will vary based on the type of surface that is being raised or lifted and the reason why the concrete needs to be lifted. In most cases, aggregates, such as sand or crushed stone, or foam are used in concrete lifting. As a homeowner, you may be wondering how you can tell if your concrete needs to be lifted. Here are three of the signs that you may need concrete lifting completed. 

Your Concrete Surface Is Cracking

One of the earliest warning signs that concrete lifting may be needed is cracks in your concrete surface. Cracking in concrete is not typically due to age like many people think. Cracking is most commonly caused by shifting in the ground beneath the surface. If you notice that your concrete surface is beginning to crack in multiple areas, it is likely that the ground is beginning to erode away beneath the surface and concrete lifting will be needed. Having this process done early can help to reduce the amount of damage done to the concrete.  

Your Concrete Surface Is Sinking

One of the tell-tale signs that you may need concrete lifting completed is that your concrete is sinking. You may notice that one part of your concrete walkway or patio looks sunken in or not level with the rest of your concrete. This is a tell-tale sign that the surface below the concrete has eroded away and is no longer able to support the surface. Concrete lifting is needed right away, or the surface may begin to crumble. 

Your Concrete Surface Is Lifting

One of the lesser-known signs that you may need concrete lifting is a concrete surface that is beginning to lift in places. If your concrete surface is beginning to lift, there is a good chance tree roots are growing below the surface. These roots will need to be trimmed back, and once they are trimmed back, the space that the roots once occupied will need to be filled in, which is where concrete lifting comes into play. 

The soil that normally supports your concrete surface can erode away if the land around the surface is not graded properly if you experience heavy rains and flooding in your area or following an earthquake. If you notice changes to your concrete surface, contact a concrete contractor. They can work with you to determine whether concrete lifting may be needed to lift and stabilize your concrete surface or if something else may be going on that needs to be addressed.