There are a few things no one wants to see on their concrete driveway, and cracks are at or near the top of any such list. Cracks can appear for a few reasons, from sinking soil to poor installation and a few other reasons — if you’re just noticing significant cracks in your driveway, what should you be doing about it?
At Lift-Up Concrete Lifting, LLC, we’re here to help. We provide a wide range of concrete lifting and leveling services for homes, businesses and many other property types throughout Salt Lake City, serving as your one-stop shop for quality concrete that lasts many years. Which steps do we generally recommend if you’re noticing cracks in your driveway you’d like to be rid of? Here’s a basic primer.
Assess Damage Level
First and foremost, take some time to assess the damage — you want to know how bad it is, and how much work is going to be involved in repairs. A good way of assessing the problem is using a broom handle or something similar to press down on different sections of your driveway when it’s dry outside. If there is movement between your driveway and frame that is visible with the naked eye, you’ve likely got some damage.
If damage isn’t very significant, you do have the option of holding off on any repairs. However, as we regularly tell clients, concrete damage doesn’t solve itself — it will only get worse with time, and it’s up to you if you’re willing to deal with the issue now or later.
In many cases, moderate or significant cracks in a concrete driveway will be best addressed using the concrete lifting and leveling services we proudly offer to clients. These services can be used to effectively raise and level sections of concrete, aligning them with the surrounding section or other portions of your driveway that are not cracked.
Once we’ve lifted and leveled the affected areas in this way, they will function similarly to a brand new drive — one complete with a decorative touch in most cases!
Replacement for Major Damage
Now, there will also be other cases where cracks and other concrete damage will be so significant that they must be replaced. And while our services are primarily in concrete repair, we care most about our clients first and foremost — we’ll never recommend a repair attempt if the damage is so severe that our efforts won’t really make a difference. Rather, if your concrete has reached this point, we’ll advise you on the proper replacement timeline, plus make recommendations for the ideal contractor if needed.
For more on how you should proceed if you locate cracks in your concrete driveway, or to learn about any of our concrete lifting and leveling services in SLC or other parts of Utah, speak to the staff at Lift-Up Concrete today.