You have a concrete foundation that your home rests on. Believe it or not, this large slab of material is among the most important parts of your home's foundation, if not the most important feature of them all. When you take good care of your concrete foundation, you help secure your home overall against future damage.
Your home's concrete foundation, while strong and durable, is not impervious to damage. Often, what happens with concrete is this: the large slab gets affected by shifts in the earth's movements, causing the material to crack or shift along with it. Putting concrete slabs into a foundation in smaller sections — like how sidewalks are often created — is a great way to help lessen the pressure on your concrete and lighten the load by spreading the load bearing weight around, but cracks can happen anyhow.
When your concrete foundation gets any type of crack in it, you should have the substance repaired right away. Here are reasons why you should consider repair for your concrete foundation.
There may be water damage
When you have an issue with your concrete foundation, you can end up with water damage that is really difficult to reverse. Water can seep inside concrete, which is naturally porous unless it's sealed, and the cracks in the concrete don't help much. In order to keep water damage at bay or to keep the water damage from getting worse, have your construction and concrete contractor make the necessary repairs to any existing cracks.
There may be compromised concrete
A cracked concrete foundation may be compromised and prone to crumbling or further cracking. The last thing you want when you have a damaged concrete surface is more cracking, which can be disastrous and cause your home's foundation to be compromised. You should have small cracks around your foundation addressed before they become larger, particularly if you have multiple cracks or you have noticed signs of crumbling around the edges of your foundation as well.
Your concrete repair specialist will inspect your home's foundation to see how much of the concrete can be repaired and what still needs work. When you have your assessment made on your concrete repair needs, you will get an estimate for the repairs and will also get to work out when you want the work to start. The sooner you address concrete issues in your home, the better, so don't hesitate to call your contractor as soon as you notice a problem.