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, driveway's and other exterior slabs so that temperature-induced expansion and contraction won’t cause a slab to crack.
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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.
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