Expert Concrete Raising Contractor Serving Audubon, IA
Over time, as rain and melting snow enter into the ground under concrete at your home it will expand and contract. As this soil shifts and settles, empty spaces can be formed. The slab can sink into these open spaces and eventually form cracks in slabs or spaces between slabs.
Why Does Concrete Settle?
There are many reasons and situations that can facilitate the settling of concrete. Reasons could include drastic changes in the moisture content of the soil from weather or an extended period of dry weather that could cause the soil to become drained of water and shrink.
The moisture level in your ground will fluctuate through the years, it can cause the concrete sitting on the soil to become uneven. If the ground becomes saturated with water due to poor drainage, this water will cause the earth to become saturated and no longer be able to support the slab.
Dry Soil Shrinkage
If the temperature is hot and no rain falls for longer periods of time, it will cause soil shrinkage. As the soil dries out, it will create empty areas below your concrete slabs. Over time, these spaces will put stress on the concrete slab and will ultimately cause it to crack.
As the house is being built, soil is removed and replaced. After this is done it is critical that it is replaced to the original density as when it was taken out. If the soil is not appropriately compacted, it can rapidly speed up the creation of voids under any slab poured above. These voids will put unnecessary stress on the slab and cause sinking over time.
Where We Can Level Concrete
Any place there is soil supporting your concrete, there could be the danger of needing concrete raising. These are some of the main locations that we've seen both business and residential property owners needing our services:
Our Solution: Polyjacking
The trusted alternative to removing and re-pouring your cracked or sinking concrete is polyjacking.
This is a relatively new technology that makes use of polyurethane foam to raise and repair these sinking slabs back to their intended position. In the past a process called mudjacking has been used to perform this same procedure. The benefit that polyjacking has over mudjacking is the polyurethane foam quickly expands to fill the void 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.