Street Creep Damage Repairs

If you suspect that your home may have been damaged by street creep, or that it has any other foundation problem, we’re the contractors for you. At AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, we specialize in repairing structural issues of all types, and we have a warrantied solution for street creep that will permanently solve your problem.

We provide free, no-obligation foundation repair quotes throughout our Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia service areas, including Madison, Birmingham, Huntsville, the surrounding areas of Huntsville, Birmingham, Nashville, Chattanooga, Columbus and nearby. Call or email us today to schedule an appointment!

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What Causes Street Creep Damage?

Street creep is a common foundation problem that’s caused by the thermal expansion and contraction of concrete streets and pavement surrounding a home.

Like many materials, concrete expands when it’s hot and contracts when it’s cold. Contractors place expansion joints in sidewalks, driveways and other exterior slabs so that temperature-induced expansion and contraction won’t cause a slab to crack.

Expansion joints divide a large expanse of concrete into individual slabs that can expand and contract independently. Temperature fluctuations throughout the seasons will cause these joints to widen in the colder months and narrow during hot weather.

Problems with street creep begin to arise during the cold winter months, when the widened joints become filled with materials like sand or gravel.

As temperatures rise again during warmer weather, the concrete expands. But if joints have filled with sand and gravel, they can no longer absorb this movement. Instead, one slab will push against another.

Once they’re filled with debris, expansion joints can no longer do their job. The entire expanse of concrete expands as a single unit, causing the street to “creep.” Street creep exerts tremendous pressure at the edge of the concrete, where a driveway meets a garage slab or a house foundation wall.

Damage from street creep is a slow process – the elongation of a typical block-length concrete street is generally only a fraction of an inch each year. However, over time, the movement will add up to several inches, which will mean potentially serious damage to your foundation.

Telltale Signs Of Street Creep Damage

Street Creep can be detected by these four common signs:

  • Compressed Expansion Joints – The existing expansion joint between the driveway and garage is fully compressed. Even when the joint appears wide enough at the surface, the concrete may still be in contact underneath. This means that when the street expands with heat, your driveway is being pushed into the rest of your home.
  • Garage Wall Damage – The foundation walls on either side of the garage door are being pushed inwards by the driveway slab. This is a sign that when the concrete pavement expanded and lengthened, pushing into the concrete driveway, there was insufficient compression space within the expansion joints. The only place for the driveway slab to go was through your garage walls.
  • Gaps Behind The Foundation Walls – Gaps have formed behind the foundation walls on either side of the garage door as the garage slab is pushed rearward. Installing new expansion joints in the driveway and installing wall anchors will restore your foundation walls to structural stability.
  • Foundation Damage – Basement walls or foundation walls are pushed out by the garage slab. At this stage, the damage caused by street creep has lead to a potentially serious foundation issue. It’s important to address this soon — before the damage becomes any more significant.

Fortunately, there are easy, effective ways to address street creep damage problems. if you would like a free foundation repair quote for your problem, call or e-mail us today!

Repairing Street Creep Problems

At AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, we recommend repairing damage done to your foundation by street creep with the SettleStop Wall Anchor System.

This street creep repair system is currently being used by hundreds of foundation contractors across the United States and Canada. It provides a warrantied solution for permanently repairing your foundation issue.

We Do Street Creep Repair In Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia

At AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists, we have warrantied solutions for repairing street creep damage to your foundation. To help you decide if our solutions are right for you, we offer free written street creep repair quotes throughout our service areas.

We serve the Alabama areas like Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Birmingham, Madison, Decatur, Auburn, in Georgia areas like Columbus, or in Tennessee around Nashville or Chattanooga. and the surrounding regions. To schedule an appointment, contact us by phone or e-mail today!