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Home Repairs 101: How to Repair Large Cracks in Your Concrete Driveway

A quick guide on how to repair concrete cracks and fractures that might endanger the integrity of your driveway.

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No matter which type of construction material you choose to use, it will experience structural changes along the way. The main reasons for such changes are weather conditions and natural elements in Colorado Springs, CO, that come in contact with your home. The same applies to your concrete driveway. Although concrete is pretty durable, and we use it all the time, it will eventually crack.   

Depending on the region where you live, your concrete might face various adversaries, with freeze/thaw cycles being one of the most common. However, it’s essential to point out that cracks in the driveway don’t need to be a major issue if you contact professional help. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is to repair them before it’s too late. This way, you’ll be able to avoid further complications like moisture entry and underlying soil erosion.   

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What You Need to Know Before the Repairs Begin   

As we’ve said, it’s best to leave the fixing to professionals. We know that no one likes the idea that they can’t handle home repairs on their own, but this isn’t some DIY project. If you don’t fix the cracks properly, you’ll risk even bigger problems in the future.   

Nevertheless, you should still understand what the process will be like so you are not caught off guard by what the repair specialists are doing in your yard.   

Fixing a Concrete Driveway   

The whole point of these repairs is to avoid more serious issues. You can go about them in various ways and techniques since it all depends on the type of cracks. Either way, you can differentiate between small and big ones. The latter will require more experience and professional knowledge of how concrete and construction works.   

Concrete cracks can come about due to several factors, such as tree roots underneath your driveway, physical impact, weight overburdening, and standing water. But regardless of what’s the cause, every homeowner should repair the damage. Besides improving the look of your home, you’ll also prevent moisture from coming through and escalating the problems even further.   

You can and should prevent similar damage from happening again. If you don’t, you will waste your hard-earned money on repairs that will be temporary.   

Telltale Signs Your Driveway Is in Trouble 

One of the main causes of cracks in concrete driveways is soil settlement, which is brought about as a result of changes in the soil. Settlement only ever gets worse over time, which is why it’s important that you act quickly once you notice cracks in your driveway. Worse case scenario: you may need to replace your entire driveway if the cracks get too bad and cannot be repaired.   

The Concrete Is Missing Pieces   

A very obvious cause for alarms are blatantly missing pieces of your driveway. If there’s an entire chunk of your driveway missing, it’s time to call in the contractors. Although you could just pour some concrete and replace the missing piece, we do not recommend doing so. This will only ever be a temporary fix. You need to address the root cause of this issue to ensure the longevity of your driveway and property overall.   

Puddles on the Driveway   

It’s normal to see water on your driveway, particularly after a bad storm. However, they shouldn’t appear out of nowhere and stay there. Water pooling on your driveway is cause for concern and may be indicating a lack of drainage on your property. Long-term, this will not only damage your driveway, it could endanger the health of your home overall. Proper drainage should be a priority for you as a homeowner.   

Larger Cracks   

Hairline cracks on your driveway can be a completely normal occurrence. This is particularly the case if they appear in the weeks after the driveway was poured. However, if you continue noticing new cracks appearing much later, you could be looking at some settlement issues beneath your driveway. It could also be shifting. A professional would be able to tell you which steps to take.   

Uneven Driveway  

If your driveway is quite old, some sloping is to be expected. However, it’s never OK. If you are worried that your driveway is sloping, it’s time to act. Things can get out of hand very quickly, particularly if you live in an area prone to severe weather.   

Craters in the Driveway 

Besides being less than pleasing to the eye, potholes can end up causing a lot of damage to your vehicle. They are caused by issues with the concrete and problems with the soil beneath it. Before fixing the potholes themselves, you will need to address the issues lurking beneath your driveway.   

Poor Appearance   

Your driveway will just plain not look very good if it’s got a bunch of cracks and holes in it, or if it’s missing chunks. It can do a lot of damage to the value of your property. You wouldn’t think it, but a poor looking driveway can bring down the value of your property by quite a lot.   

Why Choose Polyurethane Foam Injections?   

Thankfully, here at Complete Basement Systems, we have a solution. If you would like to repair what’s causing cracks, potholes, and sloping in your driveway, your best bet are polyurethane foam injection. At Complete Basement Systems, we have decades of experience with polyurethane foam injections and can stop any settling and shifting.   

Polyurethane foam injections will actually lift your driveway back to its original level and help it stay functional for years to come.   

It is also very quick and easy. You can have our specialists in and out of your hair within a day.    

If cracks begin to reappear, small repairs won’t mean much. You’ll need to examine the root of the problem because these are just symptoms. Luckily, you can contact professional help in Colorado Springs, CO, at Complete Basement Systems. Our team will be more than happy to come down and give you a free estimate and quote. With their experience and knowledge, you’ll eliminate anything that’s causing cracks in your concrete driveway. 

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