The average U.S. car weighs almost two tons – the equivalent of 4,000 pounds. Each time your car passes over your driveway or remains parked there, this weight is applied directly to the surface concrete and substrate beneath.
When the soil is stable, your concrete driveway can hold this weight without any negative impact. If soil under your driveway is still settling or becomes destabilized by excess water, your driveway could be sinking a little each day. A sinking concrete bed can spell disaster for your driveway and actually exacerbate your settling problem, resulting in tilting slabs and cracks. Due to the size and labor required, replacing a concrete driveway can easily cost you a small fortune. In addition, it doesn’t actually get to the root of the problem, which means it’s just a matter of time before you have to pay to have your driveway replaced again.
If your concrete settling problem is bad enough, your driveway may actually start to pull away from the concrete inside your garage. This creates a dangerous gap in between the two which can damage your tires when you drive into your garage or even serve as a means for insects and vermin to enter your home. This type of concrete driveway damage is also highly visible to anyone passing by your home and may negatively affect your home’s foundation and even its value.
If the settling progresses to a full slant you could also be putting undue stress on your car breaks or risking a serious accident should you forget to engage them one day. Our professional driveway lifting and leveling service can raise your driveway by as much as several inches, if needed, in just a matter of hours. You’ll have a smooth, seamless transition from your driveway to your garage –permanently free from cracks and gaps.