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  • Writer's pictureNicole Easton

What’s the Difference? Concrete Leveling versus Concrete Lifting

Ultimately, both of these terms refer to changing the surface angle and height of your concrete. But there are a few things you should know. Our business—A-1 Concrete Leveling—obviously uses the term “concrete leveling” as the main way we talk about what we do. What do we do? We take a concrete slab of just about any size, and we drill through it in order to pressure inject a special limestone slurry that builds up under the surface of the slab. Using careful calculations, we can change the height, balance, direction, and surface angle of the slab. We can also fill sinkholes or voids underneath concrete slabs but that’s a different story. Let’s stick to leveling and lifting here.

Some people are focused on the idea that we are lifting concrete slabs that have sunk, which, yes, we do that. Other people are focused on the fact that we are re-leveling slabs that may have tilted or sunk on one side. And the fact is that both of these terms correctly describe what we do. The ideas of concrete leveling and lifting are roughly the same, thus, the terms are basically interchangeable. We’re more likely to use the term “concrete leveling,” but we are both lifting and re-leveling daily, and the term “concrete lifting” also describes what we do.

One interesting thing to note is that when we lift steps, foundations, pool decks, and concrete pads around foundations, we never actually make the concrete perfectly level. In fact, we very carefully make sure to introduce just a slight tilt away from the house or pool so that water does not collect on the concrete. If we didn’t do this, water might run towards your house and infiltrate your basement. Or water might stand in puddles or create icy spots on your steps and walkways in the winter. So even though we are “re-leveling your concrete” we are not actually making all of your concrete perfectly level.

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