How to Keep a Concrete Patio from Sinking?
Many Coloradans decide to install concrete walkways, sidewalks, and patios in and around their homes. A concrete patio offers a long-lasting, stable area to relax or entertain. Some concrete patios crack, sink, and become unstable because of unprofessional concrete installation methods or improper ground preparation. Your patio can also sink from an installation on soft soil. Preventing it from sinking helps reduce the risk of imperfections like a sunken patio or structural damages.
Tips to Prevent a Sinking Concrete Patio
The main idea is to minimize the amount of water flowing under your concrete patio. In this way, you will reduce erosion that leads to a sinking patio. Here are some preventive tips:
- Seal all open joints and cracks with silicone caulk or a quality-polyurethane. For more significant gaps, use a backer rod first and then caulk on top.
- Avoid water from discharging directly on your patio. Downspouts should be at least 5 ft away from the concrete slab.
- Compact any open sides of a slab with soil, so that runoff water is not going below the structure.
- If you are building a concrete slab from scratch, make sure first to lay a base of 4 inches of gravel and compact it. The base should not move when you stomp your feet on it.
There are many methods and products to use when repairing or patching a cracked concrete patio slab. Before embarking on a do-it-yourself project, reach out to professionals in concrete lifting and repair like Eco Level.
Contact a Reliable Concrete Lifting Company
If your patio or any other concrete surface is sinking, contact Eco Levels experienced concrete lifting professionals so they can assess the situation. We are a licensed and experienced patio contractor in Colorado who can help you with patio repairs. For a free consultation, give Eco Level a call at (303) 775-3860 or fill out the form on our website today!