When the foundation of your building is strong it maintains its value. It also increases the life and value of your asset. It is very rare that you find a house that is standing erect without any cracks. The major culprit for the occurrence of cracks in foundation is water. If water seeps into the base, the moist soil loosens the grip. This makes the foundation uneven and thereby making your entire house shabby.
If you have ever realized that your house floor is sloping, or your doors or windows don’t open or close smoothly then, you should know that the base is losing its grip. Often in some area where there is humidity, soil shrinks and expands which is also another reason why you have to face this problem. However, people place concrete slabs on the base to give a flat surface to the house or building. If it is s tall building then, the levels are divided by thin concrete.
If by any chance your foundation becomes weak, it starts showing on your concrete slab that cracks from various places. This doesn’t mean that every crack that you see indicates weak foundation. You need to wait and observe, if the cracks expand further and gets larger or you see more adjacent cracks then you should contact concrete repair servicemen immediately.
As discussed above, water is always the main culprit for cracks but there are some other reasons as well. Here are some basic reasons for cracks in concrete –
- Concrete has to settle at the base that is flat and compact. If the base isn’t compact and plain at one place then the slab will drop and crack.
- Adding excess water in concrete mixture can loosen its grip, only that much water is required so that concrete flows evenly on the surface to form a slab. Excess water will create a weak mixture.
- If you put something heavy or drive a heavier vehicle on slab which wasn’t designed to bear so much weight then, it will crack and warp.
- If the weather is extremely chilly and freezing then this can contract the slab and it can get damaged.
So here are few things that can be followed by reading these few problems –
- Add less water in concrete.
- Use good quality of material and mix it well without any adulterants.
- Keep watering in installments the slabs so that it stays strong before you settle it.
- They should be joined properly and compacted on soil so that it doesn’t entrap air.
Certain step taken properly will give you a strong infrastructure.