The Top 5 Enemies of Your Concrete Surfaces

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Concrete surfaces are some of the most durable and long-lasting surfaces available. They are used in a wide range of applications, from garages to pavements to patios to pool decks and tennis courts. They are immensely durable but are not immune from damage. Several substances and conditions are your concrete’s worst enemies. Advance Concrete Lifting and Leveling explores more about these enemies.


Water is the most common enemy of concrete surfaces. When water penetrates the surface of concrete, it can cause it to crack and weaken. This is especially true in colder climates where water can freeze and expand, creating even more damage. In addition to freeze-thaw cycles, water can also cause erosion that washes away the substrate, causing your concrete surfaces to sink or sag.


Exposure to chemicals, such as acids, salts and oils, can also damage concrete surfaces. These substances can cause the concrete to deteriorate and weaken over time. For example, salt used to melt ice on concrete surfaces can seep into the concrete and cause it to crack. Similarly, oil spills can penetrate the surface of the concrete, making it weaker and more prone to damage.

Heavy Loads

Concrete is a strong material, but it does have its limits. Heavy loads from vehicles or heavy construction equipment can cause concrete surfaces to crack or become damaged over time. This is especially true if the load is concentrated in one area, such as a heavy truck parked in the same spot for an extended period.

Extreme Temperatures

Extreme temperatures can also damage concrete surfaces. In colder climates, freeze-thaw cycles can cause cracks and damage to the surface of the concrete. In hotter climates, extended exposure to high temperatures can cause the concrete to expand and shrink, leading to cracking and other damage.

Lack of Maintenance

Neglecting maintenance is a serious enemy of your concrete surfaces. Over time, concrete surfaces can become worn, damaged or sunken. Without proper maintenance, these issues can become more severe and costly to repair.

Fight Back with Deep Foam Injection Lifting and Leveling

Advance Concrete Lifting and Leveling uses technologically advanced deep foam injection to lift and level sunken, broken and dangerously angled concrete slabs. This inert foam is injected into the substrate underneath your concrete surfaces to raise the material back to a level condition. It also adds strength and stability to the underlying dirt, sand and rock to help prevent further sinking.

The material we use is totally environmentally friendly and releases no chemicals into the ground or surrounding groundwater. Our scientific process determines how much foam is needed and where it will best accomplish the task. Then, we apply it precisely where it is needed, up to 15 feet deep.

Instead of tearing up your old concrete and replacing it, save money and time. Advance Concrete Lifting and Leveling has a better solution. Contact us in Alpharetta or Atlanta, GA, to learn more.

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