One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!
Look at your driveway. If it's covered in a network of cracks, potholes, and crumbling edges, there might be some underlying issues that are causing the problems. Unfortunately, your driveway can't tell you what those issues are. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to identify the cause of your driveway problems. Here are four problems that could be causing your driveway to deteriorate faster than it should.
If you live in a region that experiences severe winter weather, your driveway could be paying the price. This is particularly true if your driveway isn't properly sealed. This damage is caused by the seasonal freeze and thaw cycles that occur during the winter. First, the snow falls, which creates a sheet of ice on your driveway. As the snow melts, the water seeps into the concrete. Once the freezing temperatures return, the water that's seeped into your concrete will freeze, which will expand the cracks that are already there. You can prevent damage by applying a waterproof sealant before the winter weather arrives.
If the foundation to your home wasn't laid properly, those cracks could be an indication that you've got some structural damage going on under your home. Locate the largest crack in your driveway and follow it as far as it will go. If the crack lines up with cracks in your garage, or under the flooring in your home, you have foundation problems that will need to be addressed.
If you have mature trees growing in your yard, the cracks in your pavement could be a sign that the roots have begun to spread out under your driveway. Unfortunately, significant root growth can destroy your driveway. To prevent further damage, you may need to destroy the expanding root system and replace the damaged portion of your driveway.
If you have rain gutters installed on your home, they're designed to prevent flooding. To do that, the water needs to be drained away from the foundation of your home. However, if you have the downspouts pointing towards your driveway, you could be inadvertently causing concrete damage. As the water flows along the edges of your driveway, it washes the soil out from under the concrete. When enough of the soil is removed, the edges of your driveway will begin to crumble. You can prevent this type of driveway damage by adjusting your downspouts so that they empty away from your driveway – and your home.
If your driveway is showing signs of damage, talk to a paving contractor like Branche Industries about repairs. Use the information provided here to avoid future damage to your driveway.Share