You know you should repair those concrete cracks – eventually. But, if you’re like most homeowners, you’ve been putting it off.
Maybe you’ve put off repairing walkways, driveways and patios until you’re in a better financial position. Or perhaps you believe those cracks to be superficial or cosmetic.
Professional contractors and home experts say that waiting can be a bad idea. In fact, most advise that concrete cracks should be repaired as soon as possible. Here’s why.
Some sidewalk or slab cracks are easy to see and avoid. Others, however, may not be so obvious.
Whether you can see them or not, every crack has the potential to be dangerous. Uneven concrete can cause a person to trip and fall, causing injury. In the dark or under a blanket of snow or ice, even the most noticeable of cracks become invisible – and dangerous.
As a homeowner or landlord, the law expects you to be aware of any hazardous conditions on your property. If you knowingly delay repairing any hazardous cracks, you could be held liable if someone is injured.
As a result, you could be compelled to pay for the injured person’s medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering. If they file a claim against your insurance, your rates will soar and your coverage may even be canceled.
We think you’ll agree that it’s best to play it safe, and keep your property safe.
Cracks in your driveway or basement may not be very large or serious, at least right yet, anyway.
But cracks of any size are a sign of trouble. They either indicate a problem with the quality of the concrete or that your slab is sinking – or both. Any soil settlement problems under your slab will only worsen over time. And, without repairs, your concrete will become even more uneven.
Cracked and uneven concrete also allows in water, which will pool in the low spots. This leads to further damage, particularly during the colder months when the accumulated water freezes and thaws.
The longer you wait to repair the cracks, the more damage can occur. And, as the problems worsen, the cost of repairs typically increases. You may well save money in the long run by having the work performed now.
Do you plan on selling your home at some point? Or are you a landlord who wants to attract the best tenants?
First impressions count. Potential buyers or renters may be put off by an uneven walkway or a front stoop that has pulled away from the house. Even worse, it may cause them to question what else may be wrong with the property.
In addition, some concrete cracks, such as those found in basements and garages, could indicate water damage or foundation settling problems. With either of those issues, your home’s resale value could decrease.
Even if you aren’t ready to restore your damaged concrete, it’s a good idea to have the problems professionally evaluated. Contact Lift Right Concrete for a free evaluation and repair estimate. We have offices in both Grantsville and West Jordan, but we provide slabjacking and mudjacking services to residential and commercial customers throughout Northern Utah.
Contact us today to learn how easy and affordable to repair concrete cracks at hour home or business.