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What’s the Best Method for Leveling a Concrete Driveway?

It’s easy to underestimate the role of your driveway in your daily activities— you rely on it more than you might think. However, due to its constant exposure to weather conditions, your driveway is prone to deterioration over time, leading to sinking and uneven surfaces. 

For property owners, a cracked and uneven driveway poses risks of trips and falls, reduces the value of the property, and can cause damage to vehicles. Concrete leveling, a method of injecting materials beneath the concrete to restore its original level, serves as a solution to these problems. 

This guide will explore various methods for repairing and leveling your driveway. You’ll learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each method and how experts in concrete leveling in your area can assist you. 

Top 4 Ways to Level a Driveway 

Driveways require a solid foundation—specifically, the underlying soil—to endure over time. The soil can settle or erode, creating gaps into which the concrete slabs may sink.  

When fixing or leveling your driveway, stabilizing the soil is crucial. Without this, the same issues will persist. Taking this into account is essential when deciding on the best driveway repair technique for your residence. 

1. Mudjacking

What it is:

Also known as “slabjacking ,” mudjacking uses a slurry formula (cement, water, soil, and sand mixture) which is pumped underneath sunken concrete to raise it back to level.  


  • Fills up gaps and forms a sturdy base for concrete  


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

2. Polyurethane Foam Injection 

What is is:

Also known as “polyjacking,” “polylifting,” or PolyRenewal™ (our method), Polyurethane injection involves injecting a specially formulated foam material under the concrete which expands and lifts the slab.  


  • Lightweight foam  
  • Smaller drill holes  
  • Completely fills voids  
  • Cures quickly (within 30 minutes)  
  • Environmentally friendly 
  • Stabilizes underlying soil  
  • Smooth finish  
  • Lasting results  


  • Slabs may not be 100% level  
  • Visible cracks may remain  
  • Variable soil conditions can impact its stability  

3. Replacement

What is is:

Driveway replacement involves demolishing old slabs and repouring cement  in its place which may be necessary with severely damaged, crumbling, pitting, flaking, or staining concrete  


  • Brand new concrete slabs  
  • Smooth finish  


  • Requires heavy equipment and excavation  
  • Extended downtime (long cure time and inability to use driveway)  
  • Heavy cement on top of unstable soil  
  • Future soil and slab settlement likely  
  • Expensive (sometimes costing $5,000 or more)

4. Asphalt Overlay  

What is is:

Asphalt overlay is used for minor sinking and cracks.  An epoxy and sand slurry used to fill voids and level the surface on top.  


  • Relatively inexpensive  
  • 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 Sunken Driveway Myself? 

These methods may sound straightforward, and they are—for professionals. We do not advise undertaking concrete driveway leveling on your own.  

Acquiring the correct tools and materials for these methods can be challenging and expensive. Operating heavy machinery and handling these materials can be hazardous without appropriate expertise. 

Entrust this task to professional hands. Reach out to your local concrete leveling specialists – JES Foundation Repair – for a complimentary evaluation and a free estimate tailored to your requirements. 

3 Ways to Prevent Driveway Cracks from Worsening 

Though cracks and uneven surfaces in driveways are typical, there are several strategies to prevent them and safeguard your concrete: 

  • Weight Distribution: Avoid placing heavy loads on the driveway, like vehicles persistently parked in the same location, as this can create pressure points and potentially lead to cracks or sinking. 
  • Proper Drainage: Ensure downspouts and surrounding landscaping drain water away from your driveway. 
  • Regular Inspection: Regularly inspect the driveway for small cracks or signs of movement. Address these issues promptly with the help of local concrete experts to prevent significant problems. 

Contact JES Foundation Repair for Expert Concrete Driveway Leveling 

Your driveway plays a crucial role, impacting your home’s safety, visual appeal, and market value. Avoid allowing small concerns to evolve into significant, expensive issues. Get in touch with the concrete leveling experts at JES for professional guidance and a complimentary inspection

With more than three decades of experience in driveway leveling throughout Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Northeast NC, and West Virginia, homeowners recognize our commitment to thorough assessments, personalized repair strategies designed for their specific requirements, and durable outcomes. Contact us now to begin safeguarding your home and rejuvenating your driveway. 


The unevenness or sinking of driveways can be attributed to a variety of reasons, such as soil erosion, inadequate soil compaction prior to the installation of the driveway, the natural settling of the ground over time, and problems with water runoff or drainage. These issues can create voids under the concrete, resulting in parts of the driveway sinking or cracking. It’s important to fix cracked concrete as soon as possible. 

The cost to level a driveway is influenced by several aspects, including the severity of the damage, the repair technique selected, and the expenses related to labor, materials, and permits. Typically, the price for driveway leveling can vary between $800 and $4,000 or higher. For precise pricing tailored to your specific concrete leveling needs, reach out to JES Foundation Repair to schedule a free inspection and learn more about the process here

Indications that your driveway might need leveling are noticeable cracks, sections where the driveway is not level with another, areas where water gathers, and potential tripping hazards. Observing any of these conditions suggests it’s time to get in touch with JES Foundation Repair for a complimentary inspection and to understand the advantages of leveling your driveway.

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

Phillip Mazzotta

Phillip Mazzotta

*Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in many cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. JES Foundation Repair does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make your concrete perfectly level.

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