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Driveway Leveling & Lifting in Chattanooga

Unlevel driveways are more than just a cosmetic issue—they are potential tripping hazards and can lead to more significant structural problems over time. In the bustling heart of Chattanooga, where the charm of the city meets the vigor of modern living, driveway maintenance is a critical aspect of home ownership. A level driveway not only improves the aesthetic appeal of a property but also contributes to the overall safety and longevity of your most important investment—your home.

Our team at United Structural Systems Chattanooga, formerly Basement and Crawlspace Solutions, understands these challenges and offers reliable driveway leveling and lifting services tailored for Chattanooga's unique climate and soil conditions. With a team of experienced professionals and a commitment to using the latest technology and techniques, you can trust us to restore the functionality and appearance of your driveways quickly and efficiently. 

What Causes Concrete to Sink?

Driveway leveling and lifting are essential services that deal with the common but often overlooked problem of sunken concrete. Over the years, the relentless cycle of freezing and thawing, compounded by constant vehicular pressure, and possible soil settlement can cause driveways to crack, sink, and become uneven. These imperfections not only detract from a property's visual appeal but can also create drainage issues, leading to more significant damage if left unaddressed.

Driveway Leveling & Driveway Lifting: What's the Difference?

Driveway leveling and lifting are terms often used interchangeably and refer to methods of correcting a settled or uneven driveway.

Driveway Leveling

Driveway leveling is typically a term used in slabjacking, also known as mudjacking. This outdated method involves drilling small holes into a concrete slab and pumping a mixture of soil, water, and cement underneath. The pressure from this mixture raises the slab, but the cement slurry adds significant weight to the driveway as well as a longer curing time. The heavy slabjacking mixture promotes reoccurring settlement of the driveway, no longer making it a cost-effective method of raising concrete. 

Leveling is typically used for moderate unevenness, where the goal is to adjust the height of the concrete to match surrounding slabs or to improve drainage. But your concrete should technically never be level, so the term driveway leveling can be misleading in and of itself.

Driveway Lifting

On the other hand, driveway lifting often implies the use of polyurethane foam injections, known as foamjacking or polyjacking. This process also begins with drilling holes, but instead of a concrete mixture, a two-part polyurethane foam is injected. The foam expands beneath the slab, filling voids and lifting the concrete to the desired height. The reaction is fast, and the material is lightweight yet strong, reducing the likelihood of future resettling. Lifting with polyurethane is considered a more precise and longer-lasting solution than traditional mudjacking, making it ideal for more extensive corrections in both residential and commercial properties.

Understanding the difference between leveling and lifting can guide you to the most appropriate solution for your driveway issues. Concrete lifting aims to extend the life of your concrete surfaces, and the right repair plan depends on the extent of the problem and the condition of your driveway. At USS Chattanooga, formerly Basement and Crawlspace Solutions, we specialize in assessing and implementing the best approach for your property's needs, ensuring that evenness and aesthetics are restored to your driveway in no time at all. 

To get started, call (423) 592-7950 today.

Pros & Cons of Driveway Lifting and Leveling

When considering driveway lifting and leveling services, homeowners need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks to make an informed decision that best suits their needs and budget. Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of each method.

Pros of Driveway Lifting (Foamjacking, Polylift)

  • Lasting Fix: Polyurethane foam is durable and resistant to water erosion, often providing a longer-lasting solution compared to mudjacking.
  • Precision Lifting: Foamjacking offers a more controlled lift, allowing for precise adjustments to the concrete slab.
  • Lightweight Material: The foaming agents used are less heavy than traditional mudjacking materials, reducing the likelihood of additional settling due to weight.
  • Cost: Driveway lifting with polyurethane is typically less expensive upfront compared to full concrete replacement.
  • Eco-friendly: The two-part foam is made with recyclable, eco-friendly materials.
  • Less Invasive Repair: Polyfoam is the least invasive repair on the market, rarely disturbing landscaping or your daily routine.
  • Quick Curing Time: Treated driveways can be walked on in minutes and driven on in half an hour when using polyurethane foam injection.

Cons of Driveway Lifting (Foamjacking, Polylift)

  • Minor Cracks: Not all driveway cracks may be closed with concrete leveling. These cracks often require caulking or minor epoxy injections following driveway lifting. 
  • Severe Damage: Not all polyurethane foam repairs suit severely damaged concrete. Driveways beyond repair call for full concrete replacement.

Weighing these pros and cons is essential when deciding on the proper method for driveway repair. 

At United Structural Systems Chattanooga, formerly Basement and Crawlspace Solutions, our experts are available to help you navigate these choices and ensure your driveway maintenance meets your specific needs.

United Structural Systems Chattanooga, formerly Basement and Crawlspace Solutions—Locally Trusted

At United Structural Systems Chattanooga, formerly Basement and Crawlspace Solutions, we are proud to be a locally trusted provider of driveway leveling and lifting services in Chattanooga. With our team's extensive knowledge and state-of-the-art techniques, you can be sure that we understand the critical importance of a well-maintained and level driveway for the safety, functionality, and appeal of your property.

When you choose our services, you're not only investing in the longevity and aesthetic of your home, but you're also supporting the local community. We hire local professionals who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. Our knowledgeable team will assess your specific situation and recommend the most appropriate and cost-effective solution, ensuring minimal disruption and a result that seamlessly blends with your property's existing architecture.

Don't let an uneven driveway detract from your home's beauty or create unnecessary risks. Contact us online or call (423) 592-7950 to take the first step towards restoring your driveway's safety and charm.

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