We get it – Street Creep sounds a little funny but the damage it causes can be serious. Street creep occurs when the concrete road by your house expands and pushes against your driveway. Your driveway, in turn, pushes against itself and your home. Because of this, many home builders install expansion and control joints in the driveway to offset the pressure.
What causes Street Creep?
Temperature fluctuations cause the street to expand and contract during different times of the year. During the months of winter, the control joints widen and can become filled with sand, salt or gravel. During warmer months, the concrete widens. With the control joints filled with incompressible materials, the concrete pushes against the slabs next to it.
More than likely, you won’t notice this movement as it happens but overtime, it can result in several inches of movement. This could end up pushing your driveway into your home’s foundation, making the problem much worse and way more expensive to fix.
Having a concrete repair contractor visit your home and diagnose Streep Creep is the best first step in addressing the problem. Dry Pro can put in a solution that contracts and expands with the concrete and also seals off the joint from debris.
Street Creep is a problem that slowly worsens over time. The sooner you take steps to address it, the less damage it will cause and the less expensive it will be.