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Cracked Concrete Patio 

A patio can be a tranquil outdoor retreat, but it can quickly become a hazardous eyesore without the right care and protection. 

A cracked concrete patio can introduce safety concerns, such as tripping hazards, and may signal underlying issues throughout your home. 

At Tar Heel Basement Systems, we understand the importance of addressing these problems promptly. Our specialized concrete lifting solutions, including the SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ system, which is designed to restore your home’s safety and curb appeal. We are dedicated to ensuring your patio remains a secure and enjoyable space for family and visitors alike. 

This page will guide you through the causes and problems associated with cracked concrete patios and how our professional solutions can restore your home and provide lasting reassurance. 

What Is a Cracked Concrete Patio? 

A cracked concrete patio is an outdoor surface in your backyard that has developed fractures, lines, or breaks over time, affecting its appearance and structural integrity. 

These cracks can vary from minor surface blemishes to deep, extensive damage, creating tripping hazards. Cracked and uneven patios can also become entry points for insects, weeds, and debris, as well as foster water accumulation that worsens deterioration. 

In addition to a cracked patio, you may notice similar concrete issues on your property, including: 

The longer you delay repairs, the more severe the damage becomes. Contact a local professional for assistance. Tar Heel Basement Systems provides a comprehensive approach to assess and resolve the extent and causes of the damage, ensuring effective and lasting repairs. 

What Causes a Cracked Concrete Patio? 

Cracked concrete patios can result from various factors, including one or several of the following: 

  • Settling Soil and Erosion: Shifting or eroding soil beneath a concrete patio can lead to sinking and instability, causing cracks due to uneven settlement. Dry, contracting soil is unable to support the concrete properly. 
  • Weather Conditions: Excessive rainfall, flooding, and freeze-thaw cycles can contribute to soil erosion and concrete cracking, particularly on properties with clay-based soil, which expands greatly from moisture. 
  • Tree Roots: Expanding tree roots underneath or near a patio can exert pressure on the concrete, leading to cracking and heaving. 
  • Installation Problems: Errors during concrete pouring or curing can create inherent weaknesses, instability, and cracks. 

Soil-related issues that harm patios can also affect a home’s foundation. Addressing these issues promptly is crucial. Recognizing these underlying problems is vital for implementing the right repair solution because it’s not just about surface-level fixes but addressing the root causes to prevent future damage. 

Can You Fix a Cracked Concrete Patio? 

Yes, it’s possible to repair a cracked concrete patio. It’s essential to address the issue at the first sign of trouble, as significant damage limits the effectiveness of repairs. 

However, repairing a cracked concrete patio goes beyond simply filling cracks with concrete filler or mudjacking. Temporary solutions do not tackle the underlying problems. 

Professional concrete repair involves specialized equipment and techniques. A comprehensive solution that addresses the root causes is essential for lasting results. 

Tar Heel Basement Systems offers holistic solutions, including our innovative PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting system. This approach rectifies visible damage and addresses contributing factors to prevent recurrence. 

How to Fix a Cracked Concrete Patio 

Tar Heel Basement Systems employs advanced methods to lift and stabilize cracked concrete patios. Our process includes: 

  • Damage assessment with a free and thorough inspection 
  • Drilling small holes into affected patio sections 
  • Placing injection ports in the holes 
  • Mixing a two-part, closed-cell polyurethane foam 
  • Injecting the foam under the patio 
  • Foam expansion to lift the concrete 
  • Foam curing within 15 minutes 
  • Filling and smoothing the drilled holes 
  • Sealing cracks to prevent further damage 
  • Monitoring and maintaining the concrete patio for ongoing protection 

We understand that every home is unique. Our proprietary solutions, including PolyRenewal™, are tailored to your specific issues, surpassing conventional methods and products. 

Why Address a Cracked Concrete Patio Now 

It’s crucial to repair a cracked, sunken concrete patio promptly for several reasons, including: 

  • Increased Safety Hazards: Uneven slabs and cracks create tripping risks, which increase as the concrete continues to deteriorate, putting residents at risk. 
  • Further Damage: Without addressing soil issues, erosion and ground movement will further damage the patio over time and can extend to foundation issues. 
  • Water Entry: Cracks permit water beneath the patio, accelerating erosion and potentially affecting the foundation. 
  • Pests: Cracks allow insects and weeds to take root under the concrete, and rodents may follow these openings into your home. 
  • Aesthetic Issues: A damaged patio detracts from your property’s appearance. 
  • Diminished Property Value: Damage and an unkempt appearance reduce your home’s value and deter potential buyers. 

Promptly addressing cracked patios with professional services ensures lasting solutions compared to temporary fixes. Only Tar Heel Basement Systems, with our proprietary solutions and superior technology, can fully manage your cracked concrete patio issues. 

Contact Tar Heel Basement Systems for Reliable Concrete Lifting Solutions 

Your home is your sanctuary, and you deserve a safe and attractive patio for years to come. Trust Tar Heel Basement Systems to restore the integrity of your concrete patio. Our concrete lifting solutions are designed to provide reliable and lasting results. 

Homeowners across North Carolina have relied on us for years for our innovative repairs, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation inspection. Let our experts recommend the right solutions to restore your patio’s functionality and aesthetics. 


Yes, if left unattended, small patio cracks can widen and deepen, leading to significant structural issues. Cracks in your concrete patio may also indicate the need for foundation repair. Immediate inspection and repair are crucial. Contact Tar Heel Basement Systems for a free inspection when you notice cracks in your concrete patio and elsewhere in your home.

The polyurethane foam injection process typically requires a few hours. After the foam is injected under the concrete, it cures within 15 minutes, allowing you to use your concrete the same day. However, the total project time varies based on size and the extent of concrete damage. Tar Heel Basement Systems provides free inspections and estimates. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Professionally repaired concrete can last for many years, offering durability and stability. Tar Heel Basement Systems offers lightweight yet durable PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections, which are longer-lasting and more reliable than mudjacking or complete replacement. Contact us to book your free inspection and learn more about our trusted concrete lifting services.

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

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