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Cracked Sidewalks 

Smooth concrete surfaces are vital for the safety and appearance of your home. However, when concrete slabs crack or sink, they pose various hazards. 

This damage occurs due to many factors, such as changing weather conditions and improper installation. Cracked sidewalks affect your home’s overall curb appeal and create potential hazards for pedestrians. 

At Indiana Foundation Service, we fully understand the negative impact of cracked concrete sidewalks on the appearance and safety of your property. That’s why we employ our innovative SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting technology for repairing cracked and sunken sections of concrete sidewalks. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and visually pleasing walkway for your home. 

What Is a Cracked Sidewalk? 

A cracked sidewalk is defined by visible fractures or splits in the concrete pathway near a residential or commercial property. These cracks can vary in size and depth, affecting the sidewalk’s stability. It is essential to recognize that these cracks are not just surface imperfections. They may indicate underlying issues and present potential safety hazards. Therefore, it is vital to promptly address and repair concrete problems. 

Cracked sidewalks may also be accompanied by other types of damage, including: 

If not fixed, sidewalk cracks can worsen, causing structural issues and liability concerns for property owners. Over time, concrete cracks can lead to loose, uneven, and raised concrete pieces, posing tripping hazards and affecting the property’s curb appeal. 

We highly recommend you reach out to professionals like Indiana Foundation Service to ensure the safety of your property. 

What Causes Sidewalk Cracks? 

Sidewalk cracks can occur due to various reasons, including: 

  • Underlying Soil: The settling or erosion of the soil beneath the concrete is a significant factor. When the soil supporting the concrete sinks or washes away, it weakens the sidewalk. 
  • Aggressive Tree Roots: Tree roots can exert pressure on the concrete sidewalk from below, causing cracks and lifting as they displace the soil and grow. 
  • Weather Conditions: Extreme weather conditions, such as excessive rain or flooding (pictured here), can wash away the underlying soil. The freeze-thaw cycle, where water seeps into tiny cracks and expands when frozen, can further damage the concrete when it melts. 
  • Improper Installation: Cracks may form if the concrete is not cured properly, has insufficient reinforcement, or lies on an unstable base layer. 

The same factors that damage concrete sidewalks can also damage your home’s foundation. Identifying the underlying cause of the crack is crucial to finding an effective and long-lasting solution. 

Can You Fix a Cracked Sidewalk? 

Yes, cracked sidewalks can be fixed, but it’s essential to have a comprehensive solution to address the problem effectively. 

As cracks worsen, repair options become more limited, so prompt action is critical. 

DIY fixes from big-box stores seldom prove effective. Simply patching with cement or mudjacking only camouflages the symptoms, leaving the underlying causes of the cracks unattended. 

For reliable, long-term sidewalk repair, contact the professional concrete repair experts at Indiana Foundation Service. 

We offer whole-home solutions that go beyond superficial repairs, tackling the root cause of the issue to prevent future recurrences. Our exclusive PolyRenewal™ process lifts, stabilizes, and restores sunken, cracked concrete sidewalk slabs. 

How to Fix a Cracked Sidewalk 

Indiana Foundation Service employs the advanced PolyRenewal™ system to fix cracked and uneven sidewalks. Here’s how it works: 

  • Evaluate and identify the causes of cracks. 
  • Drill small holes into the affected areas. 
  • Insert injection ports into the holes. 
  • Mix our special polymer foam. 
  • Inject the foam under the sunken slabs. 
  • The foam expands, fills voids, and hardens in 15 minutes. 
  • Lift the sidewalk slab and stabilize the soil. 
  • Remove the injection ports and patch the holes. 
  • Seal cracks and joints to prevent water damage. 
  • Periodically maintain the sidewalk for maximum durability. 

PolyRenewal™ outperforms mudjacking, causes less disruption than slab replacement, and exhibits superior resistance to erosion and shifting. 

Why Address Sidewalk Cracks Now 

It’s crucial to promptly repair cracked, uneven sidewalks for several reasons: 

  • Prevent Accidents: Raised sidewalk sections pose a serious tripping hazard. Maintaining concrete surfaces ensures the safety and well-being of family and friends. 
  • Avoid Legal Liability: Cracked sidewalks are dangerous and can result in liability issues.  
  • Long-term Cost Efficiency: If left unattended, the underlying issues causing the cracks can worsen over time, leading to expensive repairs, such as complete sidewalk replacement. Maintain Property Value: Cracked sidewalks diminish curb appeal, which can make it challenging to sell your home. Prospective buyers value hassle-free walkways. 

For complete cracked sidewalk repair, choose Indiana Foundation Service and our exclusive, expert solutions, offering advantages that outperform other options. 

Contact Indiana Foundation Service for Reliable Concrete Lifting Solutions 

Address the risks and unsightly appearance of cracked sidewalks with Indiana Foundation Service. Our innovative solutions ensure that your sidewalks remain strong and visually appealing. 

For 30 years, our experienced team has been helping homeowners restore the concrete on their properties. As the area’s trusted provider of concrete lifting, people know they can count on our exceptional customer service and state-of-the-art repairs. Contact us today for a complimentary, no-obligation inspection, and let us enhance the safety and beauty of your property! 

FAQs

Yes, small cracks can lead to damage if ignored, indicating underlying structural issues. Cracks can grow, spread, destabilize the concrete slab, and cause unevenness. Accurately identifying the cause and applying the best solution is crucial. Avoid DIY repairs and contact Indiana Foundation Service for a free inspection and expert recommendation on lasting solutions. 

Yes, PolyRenewal™ is an environmentally friendly solution, causing no harm to the surrounding environment. The material will not wash away or leach into the soil. Indiana Foundation Service’s proprietary PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam can safely and effectively lift your concrete. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a free inspection

The cost varies based on the severity of damage, the project size, and the chosen repair method. Indiana Foundation Service provides free inspections, transparent pricing, and financing options. Contact us to learn more.

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