A Lincoln, Nebraska real estate agent recently wrote to ask about “street creep” which she was not familiar with. For some reason far more prevalent in Omaha than in Lincoln this phenomenon has nothing to do with that questionable neighbor down the street but rather with the movement of the concrete street and the way that it can impact adjoining properties. Concrete streets have been the norm for residential areas in Omaha for at least the past fifty years and we are located far enough north that they undergo sometimes significant freeze thaw cycles that result in movement of the pavement. As the pavement moves, particularly in cul-de-sac locations and at the bottom of hills, it can cause pressure on a concrete driveway to the point that it actually “creeps” towards the house potentially causing shifting, cracking and buckling of brick fascia, garage floor slabs and even foundation walls. Caught early enough the simple fix is to cut additional expansion joints across the width of the driveway. If already impacting the house repairs may additionally include replacement of a garage floor slab and or installation of underground anchors which serve to support or straighten the affected foundation walls. If you think that the “street creep” is lurking near your property let us know and we will help you identify a qualified contractor that can address the problem. Remember whether buying or selling, moving up or downsizing, Lincoln or Omaha, the Vaccaros; Paul & Susan, stand ready to assist you, your family, friends and co-workers. Call or email us today! Lincoln (402)817-0355 , Omaha (402)577-0820, info@WeSellNebraska.com (Paul & Susan Vaccaro – CBSHome Real Estate 15950 W Dodge Road, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68118 – Woods Bros Realty 3737 S 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68502.
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