Soil Shrinkage and How to Spot It

July 8, 2020 Melanie Chaney

Ever wonder how arid, South Texas weather conditions impact your home? While you might look out your window and see wilting landscaping and browning grass, there could be something even scarier lurking under your driveway.

Your driveway, sidewalks, and pool decks are poured directly on soil. During periods of dry weather, this soil can shrink and take up less space than before. This can lead to pockets of empty space where your concrete is no longer supported, which can cause the heavy concrete slabs above to sink.

If you’re seeing cracks that weren’t there last year, or maybe you’ve noticed that part of your driveway is sinking? It could be that shrinking soil is to blame.

The good news is, concrete can be raised back into place, so it’s level with the other concrete around it. It’s a relatively quick process that will allow you to use your concrete normally as soon as the next day.

Here at Baird Foundation Repair, we believe in the concept of “Raise it, Don’t Replace it!”. So if you’re ready to restore value back to your home, give us a call! We have two locations to serve you: San Antonio (210-53-BAIRD) and Corpus Christi (361-317-8151).

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