Know When To Call a Concrete Leveling Expert
Something as hard and durable as concrete seems so very stable and immovable, so when your sidewalk, driveway, or other concrete structure rises, sinks, or buckles, it might puzzle you. You care about the safety and appearance of your property, but it is doubtful you have the tools or the expertise to solve such problems.
Concrete leveling is a procedure that restores concrete surfaces when erosion and settling have occurred. At Leveled, our team of qualified professionals makes these repairs often. In this article, we want to equip you with information to help you make decisions about concrete structures on your property. Watch for these signs in your concrete structures:
- Cracks. An obvious indication of sidewalk or driveway repair would be cracks in your concrete. If a crack develops and the sidewalk is pushed up, this is generally caused by a tree or shrub root and you will need to call an arborist concerning the root before deciding how to correct the concrete.
If a crack develops and the sidewalk sinks, this is generally the result of soil erosion or settling putting stress on the concrete until it breaks. The crack will allow further erosion and expect this crack to worsen over time. The sooner you address this crack, the better.
- Separation. Another place to watch for cracks is where concrete joins with your garage, house, or other structure. Erosion can lead to separation between the driveway, patio, or entry sidewalk, causing the concrete to sink and separate from the building. These types of cracks can cause damage to vehicles and are tripping hazards, and since the danger is imminent, we recommend repair immediately.
- Pools of Water. Most concrete is installed with a slight slope to ensure water drains off of the surface. If you are experiencing pools of water on your concrete structure, this water is not the problem. The significant problem is unseen; it is the erosion that has occurred under the surface.
Inspect the center of your structure for water pooling caused by water seeping under the surface and causing erosion. Also, inspect for pooling along the edges of the structure, as water washes away soil under the outskirts of the structure.
- Damaged Edges. If water has eroded the soil under the outskirts of your concrete platform, it can cause small cracks along the edges that will appear as excessive wear and crumbling. This may appear to be a minor issue, and it will become a hazard for feet and bicycle tires. This crumbling will not improve, so it also needs to be repaired as soon as possible.
Now that you know what to look for and understand the critical nature of your findings, we recommend that you consider concrete leveling as a solution. Leveled has a qualified team with loads of experience repairing concrete. When you are ready to restore, level, and strengthen your sidewalk, driveway, pool deck, or patio, we can help.