Sinking Concrete Explained
Concrete is heavy, and so it may not be surprising that is can experience settling or sinking over time. Generally speaking, when the soil beneath a piece of cement is unable to support the weight of the slab, the result is sinking concrete. This condition can affect the entire slab, or just a portion. For example, if part of the concrete slab is adequately supported by soil underneath and other sections are not, the unsupported pieces may crack and fall away from the other section, resulting in uneven and unsightly concrete.
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Primary Causes of Sinking Outdoor Concrete
Soil Shrinkage, Compaction and Settling
Different types of soil have different load-bearing capacities. When a soil’s load-bearing capacity is exceeded, the soil will compact and settle.
It’s also possible for the soil beneath a slab to settle and compact because of the nature of its composition. For example, soil that contains large amounts of clay and/or silt will shrink substantially as it dries out.
As the soil compacts underneath a concrete slab, this can cause sinking concrete, and usually cracking in one or more spots throughout the section of concrete.
Washout Of Soils
Because soil is susceptible to the effects of washout, the land that is underneath your driveway, patio, or concrete steps may not necessarily remain there to provide adequate support for the concrete element.
As water moves underneath your concrete slabs, it can wash away the soil that’s supporting the weight of the concrete. As this happens, it creates a void, or empty space, underneath. Over time, with nothing to support it, your concrete slab can begin to sink or cave in.
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