Local Concrete Raising in Albert City, IA
Over the years, as rain and melting snow soak into the soil it will grow and shrink. As this ground shifts and moves around, empty spaces can be formed. The slab can settle into these voids and eventually form cracks in slabs or spaces between slabs.
Why Is My Concrete Settling?
There are a number of reasons and situations that can cause the settling of concrete slabs. These could include drastic fluctuations in the moisture content of the soil from weather or a longer period of dry weather that could cause the soil to become drained of moisture and shrink.
The moisture level in your ground will fluctuate over time, it causes the concrete on the soil to become damaged. If the ground becomes saturated due to poor drainage, this moisture will cause the soil to become weak and prevent it from being able to support the structure.
Dry Soil Shrinkage
If the weather is hot and no rain falls for long periods of time, it will cause soil to shrink. As the soil dries out, it will make cavities form below your concrete. Over time, these spaces prevent proper support and put unnecessary stress on the concrete slab that will eventually cause it to crack.
As the house is being built, the soil has to be removed and replaced. Once this is completed it is critical that it is compacted to the original density as when it was taken out. If the soil is not properly compacted, it can rapidly speed up the creation of spaces under the slab poured above. These voids will put undue stress on the concrete and can cause settling over time.
Where We Will Level Concrete
Any time there is earth supporting your concrete, there could be the danger of needing concrete raising. These are the most problematic locations that we've seen both business and residential property owners needing our services:
The Solution: Polyjacking
The best alternative to removing and replacing your cracked or settling concrete is polyjacking.
This is a relatively new advancement that makes use of polyurethane foam to lift and repair these sloping slabs back to their intended position. In the past a method called mudjacking has been used to perform this same procedure. The benefit that polyjacking has over mudjacking is the polyurethane foam will expand to fill the cavity and harden to permanently restore the concrete in position.
If you're in need of permanent concrete slab leveling and raising, contact us today for an estimate.