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Driveway Leveling: What Are My Options? 

If you own a home, the driveway is undoubtedly part of your daily routine. You park there after work or maybe your little ones play outside on the concrete. 

No matter how you use it, a sinking and uneven driveway makes everything harder—and it could even lead to injuries. 

Concrete leveling keeps your driveway protected from damage. There are a few options when it comes to concrete leveling, and we’ll explore the pros and cons of each on this page.  

Top 4 Ways to Level a Driveway  

Concrete is one of the strongest building materials in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Without a strong base (such as well-compacted soil) to rest on, concrete will sink and crack

In Georgia, soil is often expansive. This means that after it rains, the soil absorbs water and swells up.  

As a result, concrete driveways crack as they are pushed out of line by the expanding soil. Here are four concrete leveling methods to consider when you want to fix this issue: 

1. Mudjacking

mudjacking

Also known as slabjacking. Slurry (material mixed with cement, water, soil, and sand) is pumped underneath sunken concrete to raise it back to level.   

Pros:   

  • Fills up gaps and forms a sturdy base for concrete   

Cons:

  • Requires large holes   
  • Does not fully fill voids   
  • Difficult to control material flow   
  • Lengthy cure time   
  • Cannot use concrete for several days   
  • Added weight on top of soil   
  • Temporary solution   

2.Polyurethane Foam

Also known as polyjacking/poly lifting or PolyRenewal™ (our method) .  Polyurethane foam material is injected under the concrete, expands, and lifts the slab.  

Pros:  

  • Lightweight foam   
  • Slabs will be as close to level as possible
  • Smaller drill holes   
  • Fills voids completely   
  • Quick curing (within 30 minutes)   
  • Environmentally friendly   
  • Smooth finish   
  • Lasting results   

Cons:

  • Variable soil conditions can impact its stability   

3.Replacement

Removing old slabs and repouring cement. May be necessary with severely damaged, crumbling, pitting, flaking, or staining concrete.

Pros: 

  • Brand new concrete slabs   
  • Smooth finish 

Cons:

  • Requires heavy equipment and excavation   
  • Extended downtime (long cure time and inability to use driveway)   
  • Heavy cement on top of unstable soil   
  • Future soil and slab settlement likely   
  • Expensive (sometimes costing $5,000 or more) 

4.Asphalt Overlay

For minor sinking and cracks.  An epoxy and sand slurry used to fill voids and level the surface on top.   

Pros:

  • Relatively cheap   
  • Less disruptive method   
  • Can be used to fill potholes   
  • Smooth, consistent finish  

Cons:

  • Added weight to soil   
  • Worsens underlying issues   
  • Not suitable for severely damaged slabs   
  • Concrete’s expansion joints can cause shifting asphalt over time, leading to cracks and bumps   

Can I Fix My Sunken Driveway Myself?  

Concrete leveling might sound like something the average homeowner could do on their own. We strongly advise against DIY concrete repair, as it could make damage worse. 

This is a job that should only be handled by professionals like our team at AquaGuard. It’s safer to leave the “heavy lifting” to pros. Contact us today for a free inspection and no-obligation estimate for repairs customized to meet your needs.   

3 Ways to Prevent Driveway Cracks from Worsening  

While some driveway cracks and unevenness are common, there are a few ways you can prevent them from getting worse and better protect your concrete:   

  • Better Weight Distribution: Avoid heavy loads on the driveway—such as vehicles continuously parked in the same spot—that could cause cracking.  
  • Install Proper Drainage: Ensure gutters, downspouts, and surrounding landscaping drain water away from your driveway.   
  • Perform a Regular Inspection: Regularly inspect the driveway for small cracks or signs of movement. Address these issues promptly with the help of local concrete experts to prevent significant problems.   

Contact AquaGuard Foundation Solutions for Expert Concrete Driveway Leveling  

Your home needs a safe driveway. You have plenty of options when it comes to repairing a concrete driveway, and AquaGuard Foundation Solutions is committed to helping you in the process.  

For almost 30 years, we’ve been helping homeowners in Northern Georgia repair and protect concrete structures on their property. With our industry leading concrete leveling services, we can do the same for you. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and get back to using your driveway the way it was meant to be!  

FAQs

Signs that your driveway may need leveling include visible cracks, sinking sections of concrete, pooling water, and tripping hazards. If you notice any of these issues, contact AquaGuard for a free inspection and to learn more about how your driveway could benefit from leveling. 

When polyurethane foam injection is used for driveway leveling, it has little to no impact on your landscaping or yard. The process requires only small holes to be drilled into the concrete, avoiding large equipment or excavation that could disturb surrounding areas. The material is also eco-friendly.  

Many factors impact the overall cost of driveway leveling, including the extent of the damage, the chosen repair method, and the cost of labor, materials, and permits. The average cost to level a driveway can range from $800 to $4,000 or more. Contacting AquaGuard for a free inspection and no-obligation repair estimate is the best approach to obtain exact pricing for your concrete leveling project. 

Ted Dryce

Ted Dryce

Content Writer

Ted is an SEO Content Writer who has been with Groundworks since 2021. He’s covered home repair topics ranging from crawl space encapsulation to regional soil conditions. When he’s not working, Ted is performing improv comedy and working on his own creative projects.

*Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in most cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make any and/or every square inch of your concrete perfectly level.

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