Common Concrete Problems

The first thing people see as they approach your home from the street is your sidewalk or driveway. From your backyard, it’s your patio or pool deck. Your home’s concrete is its calling card. And when concrete cracks, sinks or discolors, it doesn’t just make your home look bad, it can also lower its value.

Sunken or heaved concrete slabs can present tripping hazards that you may be liable for as a homeowner. Concrete repair is essential to protect your driveway, sidewalk or patio for the future. The most common concrete problems include:

  • Sinking, cracked concrete driveways
  • Uneven sidewalk slabs
  • Sunken porch steps
  • Uneven pool decks

If the concrete around your home is unlevel, cracked, or even pitting and flaking, Thrasher Foundation Repair has solutions to address the underlying problem and extend the life of your concrete for years to come. 

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Concrete Repair Solutions

Cracked concrete is more than just an eyesore that can lower the value of your home.

These cracks provide moisture a way to seep beneath the concrete slab, which can cause the underlying soil to soften or even wash away completely. That in turn can cause the concrete slab to crack further as it sinks into the void left by the washed-away soil. This is why it’s so important to repair cracked concrete correctly.

Our comprehensive concrete protection system solves concrete problems while addressing the underlying problem to extend the life of your concrete for years to come. First, your concrete is lifted and leveled using PolyLevel® polyurethane foam. Then your cracked concrete and control joints are filled and sealed using NexusPro™ joint sealant. Finally, the whole surface is protected from the elements with a coat of SealantPro™, which permanently bonds to your concrete. 

Our Approach to Concrete Repair

When we visit your home for the first time, you can expect a thorough inspection and a thorough explanation of the concrete repair solution we propose and why. We offer several levels of protection depending on the severity of the concrete damage, and tailor our recommendation to meet your specific needs. 

For lifting and leveling concrete, we use PolyLevel® polyurethane foam. Polylevel is a lightweight, strong high-density polyurethane foam developed by our sister company Supportworks and only available to an exclusive network of foundation and concrete repair contractors. It lifts and supports concrete slabs without adding weight to the soil beneath, and it’s waterproof, so it won’t wash out or dry out like traditional mudjacking material. Concrete leveling with PolyLevel expanding foam not only raises concrete slabs, but also compacts the soil around it, creating a stable environment that will ensure that your driveway, patio or pool deck remains level into the foreseeable future.

For concrete crack repair and control joint sealing, we use NexusPro, a silicone-based crack and joint sealer developed by our sister company Supportworks. NexusPro offers a long-lasting and durable solution that will keep moisture from seeping beneath your concrete, where it can cause further problems. When we install NexusPro, we prepare and clean the concrete cracks, insert the product and then finish it off with native sand to give the whole surface a clean, finished look. 

With our comprehensive concrete protection system, the entire surface is protected from the elements with a coat of SealantPro, which permanently bonds to your concrete. 

And finally, for driveways, sidewalks or walkways with surface damage such as cracking, pitting and crumbling, we have ResurfacePro. The ResurfacePro system coats broken and unsightly concrete surfaces with a durable layer of polymer cement, giving it a brand-new look and restoring its function.

When you lift, level and protect your home’s concrete, you can rest assured it will keep looking and working great well into the future — plus you’ll sleep better knowing you’ve got a five-year warranty.

Why Choose Thrasher?

At Thrasher Foundation Repair, we’re out to redefine our industry by providing homeowners like you with an experience you’d never expect in an industry of typical concrete repair contractors. We pride ourselves on providing permanent solutions, and stand behind our work with industry-leading, fully transferable warranties and guarantees. On top of the warranty, we promise satisfaction, efficiency, property protection and respect for you and your home while we work. Our crew leaders get in touch with you before they arrive, and keep you updated throughout the project. We do everything possible to minimize disruption to your home and surrounding landscaping, and if you have a problem or concern after installation, we’ll send a Service Technician to your home at no charge through the duration of your warranty.

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Cracked foundations, leaky basements and mildewy crawlspaces are often serious problems that shouldn't be ignored. If you feel you've put your repair project off long enough, financing can help you get it done now instead of later. It's not worth gambling with the investment you've made in your home!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Driveways, walkways and sidewalks are exposed to a lot of wear and tear. When the soil supporting it becomes weak or a void is formed, concrete slabs can crack and sink. There are many things that can create a void beneath a concrete slab, such as erosion from rainwater or gutter runoff, or a tree root that has rotted over time. Clogged gutters, downspouts that are not installed correctly, and poor yard drainage can make erosion worse. Dirt fill underneath the slab that has not been well compacted can also create voids beneath concrete. 

  • Tearing out and replacing a concrete driveway, sidewalk or patio is a huge undertaking. The old concrete must be jackhammered into manageable pieces and hauled away. Then, new concrete must be poured and left to harden and cure — a process that can take several weeks, during which you’ll have to park on the street and avoid the area. It’s noisy, messy and incredibly disruptive. On the other hand, concrete repair and resurfacing is a quick, easy process that requires minimal disruption, yet offers the same look and functionality of total concrete replacement. Unlike brand new concrete, it can be ready for use the very next day. Learn more about lifting and leveling concrete with PolyLevel here, or concrete resurfacing with our ResurfacePro system here. 

  • Yes. Concrete leveling with PolyLevel is not only less expensive than full concrete replacement, it’s also a much quicker repair process and far less disruptive to the surrounding grass and landscaping. There’s almost no wait time for the concrete to cure before you can walk or drive on it, and unlike concrete replacement, PolyLevel actually fills voids and compacts underlying soil, which stabilizes your concrete for years to come. 

  • Most concrete leveling and repair projects take our crews a single day to complete, and Polylevel cures quickly, allowing your concrete to be used normally the same day. Alternate solutions like mudjacking or concrete replacement often require more time and disruption, as well as longer cure times, which could mean parking on the street or avoiding your sidewalk or front steps. 

  • Your concrete most likely didn’t settle, but instead the adjacent concrete slabs heaved upwards, due to the frozen dirt below. There is nothing that can be done, but wait for the ground to thaw and the concrete to return to its original position. If the concrete doesn’t return to its normal position in the spring, you may want to have one of our experts take a look to determine if a permanent solution is necessary.

  • If your concrete has shifted up during the winter months, it is most likely heave from the frozen dirt below the concrete. This is normal, and usually the concrete will return to normal once the ground thaws. If it doesn’t return to its normal position in the spring, you may want to have one of our experts take a look to determine if a permanent solution is necessary. 

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