The Connection Between Concrete Settling and Moisture

Several times in the past in this space, we’ve discussed some of the causes and precursors associated with settling or sinking concrete. Concrete settlement can be caused by a few different sources, and one of the most common and consistent you’ll have to keep an eye out for is one of the most common elements on the globe: Moisture.

At Lift-Up Concrete, we’ll help you with a wide variety of residential and commercial concrete lifting and leveling services if your concrete areas are dealing with sinking or settling. Let’s go over a few important areas when it comes to checking for and preventing the sorts of moisture-related concerns that lead to sinking or settling in the first place.

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Rainwater Direction

One of the single simplest and most straightforward ways to protect your concrete slabs from too much exposure to moisture is to direct rainwater runoff in the proper directions – preferably away from major concrete areas. Not only does this protect the concrete itself, it also helps limit the risks presented to your soil and the foundation of your home in many areas.

The primary tools at your disposal here are your rain gutters and downspouts, which should be checked and maintained regularly not only for the good of the roof and the drainage system, but also your base concrete. Even just basic visual checks during rainstorms to ensure that water is moving in the right direction can go a long way.

Tree Placement Concerns

While it’s natural to mostly think of concrete sinking and moisture concerns as an above-ground issue, it’s important to consider some underground areas as well – namely trees and their roots. Just like tree roots have been known to create issues for property owners when they grow toward main sewer lines and create cracks or leaks, a similar theme can take place underneath your concrete slabs.

If the right conditions are present, namely enough warmth and moisture, tree roots may push up into or otherwise infiltrate your concrete. They can grow into concrete and expand or otherwise damage it in multiple ways.

Concrete Edges, Joints and Cracks

Finally, it’s important to regularly check the edges and joints of your concrete for cracks or other damage Joints are meant to allow for basic shrinkage and expansion of concrete due to the way they limit the pressure present – but enough moisture infiltration can limit this effectiveness, particularly when mixed in with dry spells in a variable climate like Utah. Over enough time, these weather patterns can create deep cracks that worsen as more time goes by.

For more on the importance of protecting your concrete from moisture risks that lead to sinking and settling, or to learn about any of our concrete lifting and leveling services, speak to the staff at Lift-Up Concrete today.