How Concrete Leveling Can Help Repair Your Sinking, Settling or Cracked Concrete Slabs
Does your driveway, sidewalk, garage box, concrete steps or patio have problem areas where sunken concrete has caused uneven surfaces and tripping hazards to form? Conditions, where outdoor concrete has already begun to sink, is not uncommon in Georgia and is often the result of shifting soil, a weak soil base, or erosion. AquaGuard offers a variety of concrete repair, concrete leveling, and foundation stabilization services in the Greater Atlanta area.
The Telltale Signs You Might Need Concrete Leveling
Your property may require concrete leveling or concrete jacking services if you’ve experienced:
- Sinking concrete steps or sidewalks
- Cracked, bumpy, and uneven driveways or patios
- Cracking and sinking sections of slabs
- Washout of soil under concrete slabs
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What is Causing My Concrete to Settle?
There are many factors that can cause concrete settlement; however, there are three main reasons why concrete slab begins to settle:
– Soil Washout
Water caused by plumbing leaks, heavy rainfalls, and erosion can find its way underneath your concrete slab. As the water moves, it can wash away the soil that is supporting the heavy weight of your concrete. The foundation can begin to sink and settle due to the soil being too moist.
– Badly Compacted Fill Soil
When new homes or commercial buildings are being constructed, builders add layers of soil to the foundation to ensure the desired grade level. If a new slab is being poured on top of this loosely compacted soil, the chances of your concrete settling are more likely to occur.
– Changes in Soil Moisture
Your soil can either become too wet or too dry. If your home was constructed with soils that are higher in clay content, they will most likely shrink as they become too dry. When shrinking occurs, it causes the creation of empty space underneath your concrete slab, resulting in uneven and cracked concrete. However, if your soil is too moist, it won’t be able to hold the weight of your structure, causing your foundation to sink and settle.
Sinking concrete can be especially troublesome if you are:
- Preparing your home for sale
- Concerned about the liability of visitors tripping on your property
- Simply want to enjoy your home with family and friends
Say Goodbye to Mudjacking and Hello to PolyLevel®
In the past, concrete repair contractors relied upon mudjacking (also known as slab jacking, grout pumping, and slab leveling) to level concrete that had settled over time. This entailed pumping grout or heavy concrete slurry under the settled slab to raise it and hope the settlement wouldn’t continue in future years or even months.
At AquaGuard, we use Polylevel; a polyurethane foam that is a simple, quick, and highly effective way to fix sunken, cracked, or uneven concrete surfaces.
How PolyLevel® Works for Concrete Repair
Developed by Supportworks, Polylevel polyurethane foam is a custom formulation created exclusively for a network of concrete contractors across the United States. Polylevel is a strong, yet incredibly lightweight polyurethane solution that will not add weight to the existing soil.
Polylevel moves like water as it fills even the smallest cracks and crevices in the soil. As it quickly expands and hardens, Polylevel lifts the concrete slab above and compresses the soil around it, all at the same time.