If you’re thinking of putting off any needed concrete repair until spring, you may want to reconsider.
Sure, you can put off repairing your cracked sidewalks, uneven driveway, sunken steps and other damaged outdoor slabs – but just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Read on for three reasons why to schedule your concrete repair before winter arrives.
Concrete Repair Can Eliminate Trip Hazards
If you know you have damaged concrete, yet put off getting it repaired, you could end up in court.
How so? Simply put, if your procrastination results in someone falling and becoming injured, you may be sued for negligence. If that happens and the court finds you at fault for not keeping your property safe, the injured person’s medical expenses and lost wages could end up coming out of your bank account.
Winter weather can make trip hazards even more treacherous. Repair your damaged concrete now, and you won’t have to worry about liability lawsuits.
Concrete Repair Isn’t Possible Once Winter Weather Arrives
Slabjacking is the easiest, most effective method of concrete repair – and, it’s also the least expensive. Generally speaking, slabjacking costs less than half as much as replacing a damaged concrete slab.
The only real downside to slabjacking is that the repair can’t be done when the ground is frozen. Soil expands when the ground freezes, then contracts when it thaws out. So, if slabjacking is completed during the winter, the repaired slab may not be stable come spring.
The bottom line? If you get slabjacking after the freezing cold of winter hits northern Utah, you could end up needing a repeat repair.
Utah Winter Weather Can Make Concrete Damage Worse
Wintertime freeze-and-thaw cycles don’t just make slabjacking impractical – the expanding and contracting soil can also make concrete damage worse.
Freezing rain, melting ice and snow can easily penetrate cracked and settled concrete slabs. Any water that seeps inside freezes when the temperature dips, and in a frozen state, water takes up more space. This results in added pressure, which further compromises the integrity of the slab.
So, in other words, if you put off fixing the slab until spring, the damage could be much worse by then – and the greater the damage, the more costly the repair.
Have we convinced you to schedule concrete repair before winter weather arrives? If your home is in the greater Salt Lake City area, turn to the professionals at Lift Right Concrete. Our expert team can explain your repair options and recommend the best fix for your damaged slab.
The licensed professional contractors at Lift Right Concrete, a northern Utah industry leader for over ten years, have a well-earned reputation for providing high-quality workmanship and stellar customer service at a competitive price. For more information on our services, or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and concrete repair estimate, contact our Grantsville or West Jordan office today.