Concrete leveling can eliminate trip hazards and make your surfaces even and smooth again, and that’s important for your safety and the safety of your family, your guests and your customers.
Concrete may be one of the sturdiest building materials used today, but external factors can prompt the need for maintenance. Concrete leveling can help two some of the main problems you may encounter: sinking and settling.
Who Needs This Service?
Do you own property with a patio, driveway, staircase, walkway or pool deck? If you own a home, you probably have guests coming and going frequently. You may have active children or aging parents. If your concrete surfaces are sinking or heaving, that’s an automatic safety issue and should be dealt with immediately.
If you rent out your home or property, concrete leveling is also an essential service. You’re responsible for keeping your property safe and functional. If you own a commercial building, the same rules apply.
Are you the title owner to a building or home with settled, uneven surfaces or structures? Then concrete leveling is a cost-effective solution for you.
Why Does it Settle?
Concrete shifts downward or upward after installation due to soil settlement. While most professionals compact the soil, it’s nearly impossible to eradicate all of the air pockets beneath the structure. Over time, the air escapes and the soil sinks, causing the concrete to shift with it.
Conversely, concrete can heave upward and compound the settling issue, especially in the winter. Frost heaves can appear if moisture underneath the slab freezes and expands.
The combination of these two factors can leave your driveway, patio or walkway uneven and in need of repair. An uneven surface isn’t only unsightly, it’s a trip hazard at worst and a nuisance at best.
Signs You Need Expert Help
In general, the rule of thumb is that when the surface sinks lower than a half-inch, concrete leveling is the preferred repair method. You may see signs that settling may eventually affect your structure, such as water draining around the concrete and causing erosion at an alarming rate. As a preventive measure, you can rework the drainage system so the soil stays intact, and that might help stop the sinking before it gets worse.
If the settling has affected your home’s foundation, you may need to talk with an engineer or foundation specialist and get a professional assessment, but concrete leveling can help in this scenario.
If you have any issues with your garage floor, patio, porch, steps, driveway or other structure, call Lift-Up Concrete today for a free concrete leveling quote.