Monday, September 14th, 2020 by Niles Erickson
We get it – Street Creep sounds a little funny. Unfortunately, the damage it causes can be serious. Street creep happens with the concrete road by your house expands and pushes against your driveway. Your driveway, in turn, pushes against itself and your home. While concrete roads may not be prevalent throughout New Hampshire or Massachusetts, where it does exist this issue does exist.
Because of this, many homebuilders install expansion and control joints in the driveway to offset the pressure. Such joints are actually common in moist concrete slabs, patios and surfaces.
Temperature fluctuations cause the street to expand and contract during different seasons. During winter months, the control joints widen and can become filled with sand, salt or gravel. During warmer months, the concrete widens. With the control joint filled with incompressible materials, the concrete pushes against the slabs next to it.
You probably won’t notice this movement as it happens about a fraction of an inch at a time. But overtime, it can result in several inches of movement. This could end up pushing your driveway into your home’s foundation, making the problem much worse and way more expensive to fix.
Having a concrete repair contractor come out and diagnose Street Creep is the best first step in addressing the problem. Our company can put in a solution that contracts and expands with the concrete and also seals off the joint from debris.
Street Creep is a problem that slowly, but surely, becomes worse over time. The sooner you take steps to address it, the less damage it will cause and the less expensive it will be. Here in New Hampshire, we can help, and we're happy to provide a free inspection should you have any concerns with your concrete.