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Street Creep

Street Creep Problem

At Mid America Piering, there are a lot of homeowners who come to us with street creep problems. However, most of them don't know that their concrete problem is known as "street creep." Street creep is sometimes referred to as concrete creep and is the result of the movement, expansion, or shifting of the concrete because of thermal changes throughout the year. Check out our service area to see if we do work in your community.

Street creep is common in areas in the metro east. You might be wondering why it's so common in these areas. In the midwest, we experience all the seasons - and so does your concrete. This means that your concrete is affected by the scorching summer temps as well as the bitter cold in the winter. With these drastic temperature changes, your concrete is naturally going to shift, expand, or move around in its place because of the temperatures, sun, and rain. This movement causes wall cracks, the movement of your foundation, and a variety of other structural problems.

Much like an earthquake, there really isn't any proven way to know when your home's concrete is going to be impacted by street creep. Unfortunately, whenever it does show up, it definitely makes its presence known. The extreme pressure from street creep will cause your foundation, driveway, sidewalk, patio, or any other concrete surfaces to crack or to be higher or lower in certain spots.

As a homeowner, you may be wondering if your Saint Louis area home is at risk for street creep. The answer is yes! Regardless of where you live in the metro area, your home's concrete could be affected. If you aren't sure whether or not your home has street creep problems, please take a few minutes to read through the warning signs below.

Street Creep Signs

If you notice any of the following street creep signs, you need to get in touch with Mid America Piering as soon as possible to take care of the repair work.

  1. Foundation Wall Movement: If your foundation walls appear to be pushed inward from your driveway slab, this could be an indication of street creep or another foundation problem.
  2. Expansion Joints Appear Compressed: You may have street creep if the expansion joints between the street or driveway are compressed.
  3. Large Openings Around Garage Door: If you notice any gaps between the foundation wall and your garage door slab, this could be a warning sign of street creep.
  4. Basement Wall Movement: If the basement or foundation wall look like they're being pushed outward from the garage door slab, this could be an indication of street creep.
  5. Garage Wall Cracks: Any kind of wall cracks on the inside of your garage between the area where the floor and foundation wall meet could indicate a problem with street creep.

Prevent Street Creep

To prevent street creep, the most effective method would be to have us install expansion joints between your concrete slabs to help cut back on some of the pressure which is exerted.

Street Creep Repair

If you already notice signs of this concrete problem, we can provide you with affordable and professional street creep repair services. We guarantee that you will be pleased with our work. Regardless of whether you need repairs for one small area of a slab, of if you need replacement for an entire concrete slab, we can help.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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