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Benefits of Lifting Settled Concrete Sidewalks and Walkways

Settled concrete sidewalks and walkways can pose some serious risks that require attention. Sidewalks and walkways will begin to sink and shift over time as soil erosion and settlement occur. As a property owner, you have repair options to choose from to remedy settled concrete sidewalks and walkways. A fast, effective, and affordable option to repair sinking sidewalks or walkways is polyurethane concrete lifting. 

What Causes Concrete Sidewalks and Walkways to settle and shift?  
Over time, concrete sidewalks and walkways will settle and shift naturally due to erosion and settling soil. Commonly, these things are caused by moisture from leaking pipes or weather and tree roots growing beneath concrete slabs. 
 
While it can be tempting to ignore the issue, there are some key benefits to having sunken or settled concrete sidewalks and walkways lifted before the problem gets worse and more expensive.

1. Safety Hazard Mitigation 
Lifting your settled concrete sidewalks and walkways can resolve trip hazards, a serious safety issue especially in areas that experience high pedestrian traffic. Uneven or misaligned concrete slabs pose a serious risk to public safety and major liability concern for public or private property owners, HOA’s, and municipalities.  
 
If neglected, sidewalk or walkway trip hazards could cost thousands in lawsuit settlements and legal fees. Polyurethane concrete lifting can help raise and level sidewalks back to the correct grade, saving you from the consequences that could arrive from potential trips, falls, or injuries.  

2. Improving Water Drainage 
Sunken sidewalks and walkways can cause water to pool and prevent proper drainage. Improper water drainage can lead to further concrete damage due to soil disruption and erosion. If the problem is ignored long enough, it can eventually cause structural damage to the surrounding property.  
 
Standing water also poses a risk to public health. In warm climates, standing water is a breeding ground for disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes. Rodents seek out water sources near their nests, so an area that frequently pools with water may attract these pests and encourage them to nest in or around your property. Besides being a risk to our health, rodents and other pests can cause serious and often expensive structural damage.  
 

3. Preserving Property Value 
Aside from the safety, health, and financial risks associated with sunken concrete sidewalks and walkways, there are also cosmetic benefits to lifting and leveling those concrete slabs. Well-maintained sidewalks and walkways add value to a property and improve curb appeal. Sunken concrete sidewalks and walkways can be a clue to potential buyers that the property was not well-kept and could be a red flag for hidden issues.

Lifting concrete sidewalks and walkways with polyurethane Is a low-cost, fast, and effective solution that can improve safety conditions, drainage capabilities, and add value to property while saving owners the headache and financial cost of additional, costly repairs in the future. 

Contact us today for a consultation on your settled concrete sidewalk or walkway. Precision Foundation Services is a Houston-based company proudly serving Eastern Texas.  We provide foundation and slab repair services for residential, commercial, and industrial customers with a comprehensive suite of self-performed services. We are an NCFI Geotechnical contractor.

This article was originally published on NCFIgeo.com.

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