If your property is like most other residential properties, then you likely have plenty of concrete worked into your landscape. It's highly likely you have a concrete driveway, a concrete walkway, a concrete porch, and possibly even a concrete patio in the backyard. The more concrete you have around your property, the more you are going to have to keep your eyes open for signs of damage. If you have areas of concern, it will be best for you to have those areas repaired as soon as you notice them. This will help you to keep your property looking nice, but more importantly, it is going to decrease the chances of someone getting injured on your property. Here are some signs that your concrete is in need of repairs:
You see cracks in the concrete
As soon as you start to see cracks in the concrete, you know that you have a problem that you should address. When those cracks first start appearing, the problem will only get worse. The cracks are there because the soil beneath the concrete has shifted so much that the concrete is moving in different areas, and it is not a flexible material like this. When you ignore the cracks, they will become larger and there will be more of them. These cracks can become uneven in height soon, and this will create a big tripping hazard someone can get hurt on.
You notice the concrete is no longer level
If you are noticing that some areas of the concrete are starting to slope or that there are any issues with some areas being lower than others, then this is also something that you should have repaired. The low areas of the concrete will only get lower until the concrete ends up with a lot of damage that can include huge uneven cracks and even wide areas of separation. It's much better to remedy the situation before it becomes a hazard that can trip someone or even cause issues when trying to park vehicles in that area.
Concrete is crumbling along the edges
A lot of water can sometimes end up pooling around the edges of the concrete and sit there. When this happens, the soil will expand by a good amount. Then, the hot periods will come and the soil will shrink in those same areas. When the concrete can't take any more of this, the edges can crumble. This should be fixed right away because the damage will continue to happen to the new edges over and over until you have huge areas of crumbled concrete.
Contact a concrete repair service to learn more.