Trusted Concrete Raising in Albert City, Iowa
Over time, as water and melted snow seep into the earth it will grow and shrink. As this dirt shifts and settles, voids can be formed. The slab can sink into these holes and ultimately cause cracks to form in slabs or spaces between slabs.
Why Is My Concrete Settling?
There are numerous factors and situations that can contribute to settling concrete. Some reasons could be major fluctuations in the moisture level of the soil from rainy weather or an extended period of dry weather causing the soil to become drained of water and contract.
The moisture content in your soil will fluctuate over time, it will cause the concrete sitting on the soil to become uneven. If the soil becomes saturated with water due to poor drainage, this water will cause the soil to become saturated and prevent it from being able to support the structure.
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 will put undue stress on the concrete slab and will eventually cause it to crack.
During construction, soil has to be removed and replaced. After this is completed it is very important that it is restored to the original density as when it was removed. If the soil is not appropriately compacted, it can speed up the creation of voids under the slab poured on top. These holes will put unnecessary weight on the slab and cause sinking over time.
Where Our Team Will Level Concrete
Anywhere there is soil below your concrete, there is a danger of needing concrete raising. These are the main locations that we've seen both companies and homeowners needing our services:
Our Solution: Polyjacking
The best alternative to removing and re-pouring your cracked or settling concrete is polyjacking.
A relatively new technology that makes use of polyurethane foam to raise and repair these damaged slabs back to their intended position. Historically a process called mudjacking has been used to perform this same procedure. The advantage that polyjacking has over mudjacking is the polyurethane foam quickly expands to fill the cavity and then 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.