Whether you have a sealed, paved or plain concrete driveway, the cracks that develop over time can become unsightly as weeds and grass take root before the hairline fractures even become noticeable. Wind-driven dirt can scatter across the surface and fill the miniature spaces, thus allowing seeds to sprout into unwanted weeds. Beyond being unsightly, there are several other reasons for you to conquer those driveway cracks as soon as they appear.
As water seeps into the crevices, it can collect in pools that then expands the earth below the driveway. This can force the concrete out of alignment, sometimes raising the ground up to an inch in just a few hours. Once the surface has been distorted, it is nearly impossible to restore its level again. Since driveway crack repair in Charlotte NC can often be done quickly, it is best to have the cracks filled as soon as you notice them.
When cracks expand quickly, a tripping hazard from the uneven ground can become a real possibility for anyone walking on the driveway after dark. That may be one of the reasons the number of personal lawsuits has risen drastically in recent years based on homeowner’s neglect. Prevent an emergency by having the cracks filled before they distort the level surface.
Just as the seeping liquid can raise the surface of the driveway, it can also pool below the concrete and erode the soil as wet, loose sands move to fill unnoticed holes. The compression can cause the surface to buckle and sink, thus causing large chunks of the driveway to break off because of erosion. Move the downspouts away from the driveway to prevent excess liquid and watch for further settling. If settling continues, and the driveway sinking advances, it may be best to call in a professional to assess the situation.
Replacing a driveway can be a costly job, but by acting quickly, you can often prevent the need for a complete surface replacement. Look for cracks several times a year and conquer them before they can do substantial damage.