When Do You Need Concrete Leveling?
Most of the time, it’s pretty obvious. If you have sections of your concrete slabs that are no longer the same level as the slabs next to it, then you need concrete leveling. Whether it’s just a quarter-inch or five inches, we can usually bring the concrete back to level.
There are several areas we typically look for when it comes to leveling. Here are just a few:
- Concrete walkway or sidewalk slabs - These can be dangerous areas for unlevel concrete. Kids flying down your sidewalks on scooters. Folks going in and out of your place of business, maybe with their hands full. Even small levels of unevenness can catch a toe, causing someone to stumble and fall.
- Concrete driveways and aprons - Areas next to garages are prime locations for sunken concrete. These areas often have issues based on backfill against the garage foundation settling over time.
- Steps next to your porch - Some people are surprised to learn we can level steps, but our A-1 expert technicians are able to lift concrete steps of one step up to a whole flight.
- Concrete patios next to your house - Many water issues in basements can be blamed on poor drainage around the foundation. Many times concrete patios can settle next to the house causing water to flow toward the foundation. A-1 can lift these types of pads and pitch them away from the foundation wall, oftentimes eliminating any water issues in your basement.
There are times when it isn’t clear that you have issues. Voids can develop under slabs without any apparent issues. There are things to look for. Does a slab rock when driven over? Does it sound hollow if you tap on it with a rubber mallet? If you suspect you may have a void under your concrete, give us a call right away. It is much simpler to solve the problem before the concrete slab settles than after.
When is Concrete Leveling Not the Right Solution?
If your concrete is cracked in too many places, with all the pieces being smaller than a foot or two square, then concrete leveling is probably not right for the project. We need to be able to pump our compound underneath the slabs and if we have to try to lift dozens of pieces all to the same level, then we won’t get the results we want. In cases like this, your only option is to tear it out and pour new concrete.
This is a good example of concrete that is just too far gone to be leveled by our concrete repair process. Short of tearing it out and replacing it, there's not much that can be done with it.