It was hard for the home inspector not to stop and take a photo of this side yard walkway in Fremont.

Nearly every backyard concrete patio and driveway will crack after installation, if not properly installed. What happens?

A number of factors cause concrete flatwork to develop cracks, offsets and to settle:

  • installing directly on soil – which expands when wet, shrinks when dry
  • inadequate preparation –not adding a 4” gravel base
  • not installing reinforcing steel mesh
  • poor drainage control – downspouts discharge water next to walkway

The large crack was a result of poor drainage and ground settlement.

It was classified as a walking safety concern and a liability.

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