By Brad Meyer
Concrete is heavy, durable and a near perfect building material ? until it shifts, cracks and becomes a trip hazard and potential liability for home or business owners.
Sure, that new driveway, sidewalk or patio you paid to have installed looks great upon completion, but the effects of time, gravity and erosion can take a toll on the ground below the slab. Natural soil movement or other problems can cause settling or slab movement, resulting in an uneven, unsightly and possibly hazardous surface at your home or office. Unless you do something to prevent continued movement, it’s going to get worse ? a lot worse.
“Erosion is a big problem in the greater Houston area because the ground has so much sand and clay that can cause drainage issues,” said Brett Weary, owner of Discount Concrete Leveling. “If the foundation isn’t properly compacted, tree roots grow under the slab or water begins to seep under a section of concrete. It’s only a matter of time before problems will become noticeable.”
Over time, drainage, pest infestations or other unseen problems can create empty pockets or voids under the concrete sections that make up a driveway or sidewalk. As these voids become larger, the ground is unable to support the full weight of the concrete and one side begins to lower, often forcing the other end higher, resulting in an uneven and unsightly surface.
“It can be even worse if the concrete section is located on a sloping or slanted surface,” said Weary. “Concrete is heavy and gravity will eventually start pulling the entire section downhill.”
It’s a situation that won’t fix itself and will only get worse in time. One solution is tearing out the problem areas and pouring a new concrete slab. A new driveway, however, can easily cost $8,000 or more ? and there are no guarantees the same problem won’t occur a few years down the line.
There is a better solution.
Discount Concrete Leveling specializes in repairing and restoring broken, uneven driveways, sidewalks, patios and other freestanding concrete areas. The process is efficient and effective, often completed in a single day at a fraction of what it would cost to replace the problem areas.
“We start by evaluating the site location and determining the cause of the problem,” said Weary. “The problem is rarely the concrete itself; it’s the ground below that’s the culprit.”
The process begins by drilling small holes in the concrete surface to locate the voids beneath the slab that are causing movement. Weary and his team of experienced professionals use high pressure technology to inject a proprietary slurry of soil, cement and water beneath the surface of the concrete. Once the void is filled, the pressurized slurry can actually push the concrete section back in place to its original position. The treated area is much stronger than the eroding soil it replaces.
“The slurry will harden in 48 hours into an impenetrable barrier to stabilize the area and prevent more erosion,” noted Weary. “It’s quick, efficient and highly effective.”
It’s a solution that works on a wide range of flat surfaces around residential or commercial buildings, but is not intended for structural, foundational or load-bearing problems.
“Some companies try to do a little bit of everything,” said Weary. “We do one thing, but we do it better than anyone else.”
In addition to free evaluations and estimates, Discount Concrete Leveling offers a two-year warranty on all work. And unlike other repair options, leveling and restoring concrete requires no building permits or municipal inspections.
“Our work is covered under repairs and maintenance,” explained Weary. “That’s one reason we can usually get the work done in a single day.”
It’s a concept that works and is gaining in popularity. In addition to around 400 residential projects completed in the past year, Weary is also helping commercial clients and homeowner associations address their uneven pavement woes. The leveling process is equally effective on parking lots, bike paths and other non-residential structures.
“If you have a problem with broken, uneven or misaligned concrete at your home or office, give us a call,” said Weary. “We can stop the problem, put the concrete back in place and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Discount Concrete Leveling provides cost effective repair services for driveways, sidewalks, patios and other residential and commercial properties throughout Montgomery County and the greater Houston area. For information, visit www.DiscountConcreteLeveling.com or call 713-568-9456.