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Why Do Brick Pavers Sink?

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Brick pavers stand the test of time, and they can be used in a variety of outdoor surfaces. If your brick paver patio, driveway or walkway is a few years old, you may have noticed it sinking in some areas. Not only is this aesthetically unappealing, but it can also be a trip-and-fall hazard. Why do brick pavers sink and how can sinking pavers be repaired? Learn more with this helpful guide from It’s The Brick Guys.

Freezing and Thawing Soil Below

One of the most common reasons brick pavers sink in Michigan is because of the consistent freeze thaw cycles. The ground freezes in the winter and thaws in the spring. In this process, the ground expands and contracts, which can lead to uneven areas in the ground below. During the cold winter storms, the repeated exposure to solid and melting snow further contributes to the problem.

Water Erosion near the Brick Pavers

Another cause of brick paver sinking is the flow of water under and around the pavers. This could be the result of insufficient drainage on the property, or it could occur during heavy rainstorms. Michigan’s sandy creates a steady flow of water during the wet season, which impacts all hardscaped surfaces. 

Improper Installation Methods

If the brick pavers were not installed with the proper substrate, they can start sinking quickly. In fact, 30% of our business comes from redoing work that was previously done by another company. Clients will reach out because the brick pavers someone else installed 3-5 years ago are now uneven. A surface that looked great at first is now a sunken mess. We come in to restore the paving and prevent future sinking as much as possible.

It’s The Brick Guys uses a multi-step application that is proven to last. Our services come with a parts and labor warranty, ensuring your satisfaction from start to finish. If you want brick paving done right the first time, you can count on us.

Gradual Brick Paver Sinking over Time (Consider Paver Releveling!)

Nearly all brick paver surfaces sink over time. Professional installation can reduce these risks, but eventually, most brick pavers have to be releveled. That’s the beauty of brick paving though. You don’t have to replace the entire surface. You just need it to be releveled and resanded. You can still enjoy your pavers for decades to come. You may just need a little maintenance to keep them looking their best.

Paver releveling and resanding are some of the many brick repair services we provide at It’s The Brick Guys. To schedule a quote for brick paving or brick paver repair, contact us at (833) 627-4257.