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4 Best Ways to Level a Driveway

The importance of your driveway in daily routines is huge, but it’s often overlooked. Unfortunately, due to constant exposure to weather, driveways can suffer from wear and tear, leading to sinking and uneven surfaces

For homeowners, a compromised driveway is more than just an unsightly problem; it poses risks such as tripping hazards, reduced property value, and potential damage to vehicles. 

The key to addressing these issues is concrete leveling, a repair process that raises the concrete back to its original position by injecting a special material beneath it. 

In this guide, we’ll review different approaches to repair and level your driveway, detailing the pros and cons of each and demonstrating the value of consulting with concrete leveling experts from Groundworks. 

Top 4 Driveway Leveling Techniques 

For your driveway to stay stable for years, it requires a solid foundation, particularly stable soil beneath it. However, soil can breakdown or erode, creating voids and causing your driveway to sink. 

Properly fixing or leveling your driveway demands attention to the soil’s stability to prevent future issues. Remember this crucial factor when selecting the most effective repair solution for your driveway with Groundworks. 

Mudjacking 

Mudjacking, also known as slabjacking, involves pumping a slurry material—mixed with cement, water, soil, and sand—underneath sunken concrete to raise it back to level. 

Pros 

  • Fills gaps 
  • 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 

Polyurethane Foam Injection 

Polyurethane foam injections are also referred to as polyjacking, poly lifting, or PolyRenewal™ (our method). This foam is injected under the concrete, expands, and lifts the slab. 

Pros 

  • Lightweight foam 
  • Smaller drill holes 
  • Fills voids completely 
  • Quick curing (within 30 minutes) 
  • Environmentally friendly 
  • Smooth finish 
  • Lasting results 

Cons 

  • Slabs may not be 100% level 
  • Visible cracks may remain 
  • Variable soil conditions can impact its stability 

Replacement 

If concrete is severely damaged, crumbling, pitting, flaking, or staining, removing the old slabs and repouring cement may be the only option. 

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) 

Asphalt Overlay 

For minor sinking and cracks, an asphalt overlay—an epoxy and sand slurry—can be 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? 

Although it might look straightforward, driveway repair is better handled by experts. 

Attempting to fix your driveway solo is not recommended. The process requires specialized tools and materials that are not easily available and can be quite costly. Additionally, the use of heavy equipment and these materials can be hazardous without the correct expertise. 

For your safety and assurance, it’s best to trust skilled professionals. Contact your local Groundworks concrete leveling experts for a free inspection and a customized estimate based on your driveway’s unique requirements. 

Preventative Measures to Avoid Driveway Damage 

While driveway issues like cracks and unevenness are common, there are preventative actions you can implement to protect your concrete: 

  • Even Weight Distribution: Avoid repeated stress by not parking heavy vehicles in the same spot to prevent cracking and sinking. 
  • Improved Drainage: Ensure that your drainage system, including gutters and landscaping, directs water away from your driveway to lessen the risk of water-induced damage. 
  • Regular Inspection and Upkeep: Regularly check your driveway for signs of wear or change. Addressing these early, with the help of concrete experts likeGroundworks, can prevent bigger problems later. 

Secure Professional Driveway Leveling Services from Groundworks 

The condition of your driveway significantly impacts the safety, aesthetics, and value of your home. Don’t overlook minor issues that could escalate into costly repairs. For professional advice and a free inspection, turn to Groundworks, your concrete leveling experts. 

Groundworks is the trusted choice for homeowners in need of comprehensive inspections, customized repair strategies, and long-lasting solutions across the U.S. 

Get in touch with us today to protect and enhance your driveway. 

FAQs

Concrete leveling can be performed in most weather conditions, but dry conditions are ideal. Long term cold, below zero, weather may also result in delays.  

Regular maintenance includes cleaning, inspections, and ensuring proper drainage to prevent future sinking.

It depends on the method selected. Polyurethane foam injection addresses the soil instability or voids under the slab by stabilizing the soil beneath it. 

Leah Leitow

Leah Leitow

Content Writer

Leah is a Content Writer for Groundworks with nearly ten years of experience working in the foundation repair industry. Her experience ranges from working with homeowners to find the right solution to training inspectors and staff. In her background as a Michigan journalist, she gained invaluable insight into people's lives throughout our state. Leah lives in metro Detroit with her husband and two sons.

Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in many cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. Groundworks does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make your concrete perfectly level.