Every driveway is susceptible to wear and tear. Over time, cracks may form along the surface of your driveway. It’s important to take driveway cracks seriously—they often signal a larger problem at hand.
Cracked driveways are actually a serious hazard. They can cause you or loved ones to trip, damage vehicle tires, and lower the value of your home.
AquaGuard is the leading concrete repair company in Georgia, with an innovative solution designed to provide a lasting fix. After reading this page, you’ll know why driveways crack in the first place, and what you can do about it.
What Is a Cracked Driveway?
A cracked driveway manifests as a concrete surface that has incurred breaks, fissures, or splits over its lifespan. These faults can range from small, hardly noticeable hairline fractures to larger, overtly visible gaps.
Your driveway might exhibit a single crack or multiple fractures distributed over the concrete. Not only are cracked driveways visually unappealing, but they may lead to tripping and other injuries. If your driveway is manifesting cracks, it might also appear alongside related concrete issues, such as:
- Concrete pitting, flaking, and staining
- Cracked sidewalks
- Sinking concrete steps
- Cracked concrete patio
- Sinking porch
- Cracked pool deck
Concrete driveways often require the expertise of professional inspection and repair services—like those provided by AquaGuard—to alleviate any safety concerns and avert further damage. Reach out to us the moment you spot any of these issues.
What Causes Driveway Cracks?
Usually, cracked driveways are caused by the natural environment or construction errors. These are usually out of your control, but it still helps to understand these causes so you can stay prepared.
Here are the most common causes of concrete damage that we’ve seen:
- Soil Issues: Soil that settles or erodes beneath the driveway (especially after a storm) makes the soil weak. The concrete sinks and leads to cracks.
- Nearby Trees: Roots from trees growing underneath or close to the driveway apply upward pressure, causing cracks in the concrete.
- Climate Factors: Freeze-thaw cycles allow water to penetrate cracks and enlarge them when frozen, plus concrete naturally expands and contracts with temperature variations.
- Construction Flaws: Inadequate concrete pouring or curing during initial construction renders the concrete driveways more prone to damage.
- Heavy Loads: Vehicles, from sedans to SUVs, exert substantial weight on concrete driveways and underlying soil over time, resulting in cracks and sinking sections.
Addressing these issues swiftly with a specialist like AquaGuard, who can provide the most effective solutions, is crucial since these same factors can potentially affect your home’s foundation as well.
Can You Fix a Cracked Driveway?
Absolutely, cracked concrete driveways are repairable. However, it’s always best to work with professionals if you want to achieve this.
Traditional methods like mudjacking or repouring concrete don’t actually solve the underlying issues behind concrete damage. To thoroughly repair cracks and uneven surfaces, the underlying issues, such as unstable soil, must be tackled.
AquaGuard offers a leading solution that addresses the root causes and lasts a long time: SettleStop PolyRenewal™. This polyurethane foam injection system is one of the most efficient ways to lift concrete back to a safe level and close cracks.
How to Fix a Cracked Driveway
AquaGuard employs the advanced PolyRenewal™ method to mend uneven and cracked driveways. Here’s how our process works:
- Conduct a detailed inspection to identify the root causes and determine the best solution and placement.
- Bore tiny holes into the affected sections of sidewalk.
- Place injection ports into these openings.
- Combine our exclusive two-component polymer foam to create PolyRenewal™.
- Inject the polyurethane foam under the sinking sidewalk.
- The foam quickly expands, fills gaps, lifts concrete to a safe level, and cures in about 15 minutes.
- This elevates the slab while stabilizing the soil below.
- Extract the injection ports and seal the holes.
- Ensure all cracks are sealed to prevent water ingress.
- Regularly inspect and maintain for prolonged durability.
Our tailored polyurethane foam solution offers a precise, durable, and superior repair. PolyRenewal™ is more effective than traditional mudjacking, is less intrusive than complete slab replacement, and remains stable without erosion.
Why Address Driveway Cracks Now
Addressing cracked concrete driveways promptly is vital for several reasons:
- Prevent Injury: Cracked sections can lead to tripping accidents or damaged vehicles.
- Minimize Legal Risks: Unsafe sidewalks can raise legal concerns.
- Reduce Costs: Early fixes prevent escalated damage and costlier repairs in the future.
- Sustain Property Worth: Homes with flawless walkways are more appealing to prospective buyers.
Don’t opt for temporary solutions. Our PolyRenewal™ system can rejuvenate your driveway, making it as good as new. Our concrete lifting solutions are crafted to adeptly stabilize cracking and uneven concrete. Reach out to AquaGuard today to arrange your complimentary inspection.
Reach Out to AquaGuard for Trustworthy Concrete Lifting Solutions
Avoid letting a cracked driveway compromise the safety and attractiveness of your home. Should your concrete driveway display cracks, sinking, or unevenness, the concrete experts at AquaGuard are here to assist. Get in touch today to schedule a complimentary inspection and estimate.
We’ve proudly served homeowners since 1995. Our PolyRenewal™ technology rapidly and accurately lifts concrete slabs—ensuring the job is done right, right from the start.
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