Street creep is a term referring to movement in a driveway of a home that is located at the end of a T-intersection, on a circle / cul-de-sac or on an outside curve of a street.
Normal traffic, temperature, gravity and or settlement pushes the concrete street against the driveway moving it towards the home causing cracks in the foundation. You may notice signs of street creep if:
- there are expansion joints present that have compressed
- there are gaps behind foundation walls on either side of the garage door
- movement in your foundation / basement walls pushed by the garage slab floor
- cracks in the wall where the foundation and garage floor meet.
A simple remedy for street creep is to install a buffer zone between the street and the driveway if possible. Expansion joints can help to prevent street creep. Repairs to damaged areas can be costly, and your insurance company or local municipality may not come to your rescue.