Cracks in the driveway, a garage door that now has gaps. What’s going on?
It could be street creep.
Street creep, or concrete creep, is a condition that can occur due to thermal changes or passing cars “pushing” the road towards the home. Street creep is more common in homes with concrete driveways on a busy street, and there’s no way to predict when this will happen. As such, it’s essential to inspect for damage to the foundation regularly.
Signs And Symptoms Of Street Creep
Street creep causes a chain effect, working its way up the driveway to the home. Catching street creep early is essential in minimizing costly damage.
The most common signs of street creep include:
- Foundation wall movement and cracking
- Cracks in the garage wall
- The floor of the garage pulling away from the wall
- Gaps around the garage door
- Cracks at the edge of the driveway
Take the time to walk the length of your driveway and inside the garage for irregularities and damage. If you see areas that concern you, contact a professional.
Solving Street Creep
Getting street creep fixed and stopping that pressure on your home as soon as possible is the first step in creating a safer environment. Installing a buffer zone with seamless rubber expansion joints between the street and the driveway is one of the easiest ways to help prevent street creep from creeping in. This is also a great way to monitor street movement towards your home.
If you suspect street creep, call the professionals at Missouri Basement. Our licensed inspectors and repair professionals will come to inspect your home, diagnose the problem, and provide a solution.
Keep your home safe from street creep and other foundational problems today with the experts at Missouri Basement.