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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.
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.
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.
Our warrantied solution for permanently repairing your foundation issue includes the following steps:
To prevent future expansion damage to your home from street creep, your contractor will begin by cutting new expansion joints in the driveway.
New expansion joints will provide additional expansion and contraction space to end the street creep cycle. After cutting the joints, all excess concrete and debris will be cleared away.
All expansion joints are filled with a resilient foam backer rod that will expand and contract naturally with concrete movement.
Applied over the backer rod, polyurethane sealant will prevent sand, gravel, and other debris from entering the crack. This ensures that the expansion joint will be able to function properly.
In cases where street creep has damaged foundation walls, wall anchors can be installed to stabilize and restore these walls. A soil access point is required at each wall anchor location. Using a concrete saw, a technician will create a square cutout in the garage slab at each soil access point.
Once all access points have been created, your contractors will dispose of all debris and keep the work site clean, safe and well organized.
Next, a plastic liner is placed on the ground around each slab cutout made in the previous step.
The liner will keep your garage floor clean as technicians use a power auger to bore holes where earth anchors will be installed.
The excavated dirt is saved so that it can be returned to the hole after the installation is complete.
Unlike helical tiebacks, foundation wall anchors need only a small 1-in.-dia. hole to be drilled in your foundation wall for each anchor’s steel rod to pass through. This is applicable for both poured concrete walls as well as concrete block walls.
Once holes have been drilled, the steel rods are driven through the soil to meet up with the earth anchor holes made in the previous step.
Inside each hole, a steel wall anchor is attached to the rod that was driven through your basement wall. Holes can then be filled with soil and covered with poured concrete to restore the garage slab to its original condition.
Soil pressure keeps each earth anchor in a fixed position, allowing wall anchors and adjustment nuts to exert pressure on the foundation wall. A galvanized coating on all components ensures corrosion resistance.
Inside your basement, a steel wall anchor plate fits over each protruding steel rod. Technicians will tighten a nut on the rod’s threaded end to apply pressure against the foundation wall. The wall plate helps to distribute this clamping pressure.
Once installed, your wall anchor system will permanently halt the inward movement of your basement walls from expansive clay soils.
Once the wall anchor system has been installed, your contractor may attempt to straighten the bowed or buckling walls over time by tightening the nut on each steel rod.
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 today!