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4 Options for Concrete Driveway Leveling

Your driveway is an essential, yet often overlooked part of your home. Constant exposure to the weather can cause driveways to crack and sink over time. 

An uneven and cracked driveway poses safety risks to your family, can result in damage to your vehicle, and reduces property value. The good news is that concrete leveling can fix these issues by injecting material under the concrete to smooth it out. 

This guide covers the most popular concrete leveling options, like polyurethane foam injection and mudjacking, and their pros and cons. It also explains how concrete leveling professionals can properly assess and repair your driveway. Maintaining your driveway through treatments like leveling ensures safety, boosts curb appeal and prevents further costly damage. 

Stable soil beneath the concrete is crucial for a driveway to remain level over many years. However, the soil can shift or wash away, leaving empty spaces under the slabs, allowing them to sink. Any driveway repair must address these soil issues first or settling will persist. As you evaluate different repair options, including the ones listed here, factor in whether they will stabilize the soil foundation. 

Here’s a look at the four most popular driveway leveling methods: 

1. Replacement 

Complete concrete replacement involves demolishing existing concrete and repouring cement. It’s often the only option if the concrete driveway has sustained severe damage such as crumbling, pitting, flaking, or staining


  • Brand new concrete slabs 
  • Smooth finish 


  • Requires heavy equipment and excavation 
  • Long cure time and inability to use driveway 
  • Heavy cement adds weight to unstable soil 
  • Future soil and slab settlement likely 
  • Expensive (can cost $5,000 or more) 

2. Mudjacking 

Mudjacking, also known as slabjacking, involves pumping a mixture of cement, water, soil, and sand underneath sunken concrete to raise it back to level. 


  • Fills gaps 
  • Forms a sturdy base for concrete 


  • Requires large holes 
  • Does not completely fill voids 
  • Difficult to control material flow 
  • Long cure time 
  • Cannot use concrete for several days 
  • Added weight on top of soil 
  • Temporary solution 

3. Polyurethane Foam Injection 

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


  • Lightweight foam 
  • Smaller drill holes 
  • Completely fills voids 
  • Cures quickly (within 30 minutes) 
  • Eco-friendly 
  • Smooth finish 
  • Lasting results 


  • Slabs may not be 100% level 
  • Cracks may still be visible 
  • Variable soil conditions can impact its stability 

4. 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. 


  • Relatively cheap 
  • Less disruptive method 
  • Can be used to fill potholes 
  • Smooth, consistent finish 


  • 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 Driveway Myself? 

While these leveling techniques sound simple in theory, we do not recommend DIY driveway repair. 

Along with experience and training, these processes require specialized tools and materials that are difficult to obtain and unsafe to install as a homeowner. The heavy machinery and proper application of concrete, mud, or foam demand professional expertise. 

For safe, lasting results, connect with experienced local concrete experts like Ohio Basement Systems for a free assessment of your uneven driveway. We have the qualified team, equipment, and materials to safely restore your driveway to a smooth, hazard-free surface. Leave this specialized project to the experts and avoid taking on the risks and hassles yourself. Our customized leveling solutions will help repair your driveway properly, so it lasts for years to come. 

3 Tips to Prevent Worsening Driveway Cracks and Damage 

Cracking and sinking often happen to driveway slabs over time, but these preventative maintenance tips can minimize damage: 

  • Consider Vehicle Weight: Distribute vehicle weight evenly across the driveway to prevent excessive pressure in one area. 
  • Properly Redirect Water: Direct water runoff away with proper drainage and grading so it doesn’t erode the soil beneath. 
  • Regularly Check Your Concrete: Check for early cracking or sinking seasonally and have a professional repair these right away before they worsen. 

Contact Ohio Basement Systems for Expert Concrete Driveway Leveling

As a key part of your property, it’s important to promptly address any issues with your driveway to prevent safety hazards and bigger problems. Don’t ignore small cracks or uneven spots. Contact the concrete professionals at Ohio Basement Systems right away for a free inspection and repair recommendations. 

With 25 years of experience restoring driveways in Northern Ohio, we have the expertise to evaluate damage and determine the best solution. Our customized repairs will smooth out your driveway and provide long-lasting stability. Regain safety, curb appeal and peace of mind by partnering with our trusted concrete leveling team today. We’re committed to outstanding customer service and effective, affordable driveway repair that protects your investment. 


Yes, professional driveway leveling provides long-lasting repair and protection, especially when polyurethane foam is used. The foam evenly lifts the concrete slabs while also stabilizing the soil below to prevent future settling. Addressing drainage issues or other causes will further promote durability. With the right repairs from an experienced professional like Ohio Basement Systems, your leveled driveway will remain smooth and stable for many years. 

No, driveway leveling does not harm your lawn, gardens or other landscaping. Modern techniques like polyurethane foam injections require only small holes be drilled in the concrete. Eco-friendly polyurethane foam is injected through the holes, lifting the slabs gently back into place. This minimally invasive process lets you restore your driveway without disruption to the rest of your property. 

Contributing factors include erosion, inadequate soil preparation during installation, natural settling, and poor drainage. As soil compacts or washes away, empty spaces form beneath the concrete slabs. Sections of the driveway then sink as they lose underlying support. A professional concrete inspection can determine what’s causing unevenness and sinking, as well as the best way to repair and level your driveway.

Holly Richards-Purpura

Holly Richards-Purpura

Content Writer

Holly is a Content Writer for Groundworks who has written and edited web content for the foundation services industry for almost 10 years. With a background in journalism, her passion for the written word runs deep. Holly lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband. Along with educating homeowners, she also has a big heart for the Big Apple.

*Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in most cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. Ohio Basement Systems does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make any and/or every square inch of your concrete perfectly level.

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