Professional Concrete Raising Contractor Serving Audubon, Iowa
Over the years, as snow and rain seep into the ground below your concrete it will grow and shrink. As this ground shifts and moves around, empty spaces can be created. The slab can settle into these holes and eventually create cracks in slabs or gaps between slabs.
Why Does Concrete Settle?
There are numerous factors and situations that can contribute to settling concrete. Reasons could include drastic fluctuations in the moisture content of the soil from rainy weather or a long period of dry weather causing the soil to become depleted of moisture and shrink.
The moisture content in your soil will fluctuate through the years, it causes the concrete on top of that soil to become damaged. If the soil becomes saturated due to poor drainage, this moisture will cause the ground to become weak and no longer be able to support the slab.
Dry Soil Shrinkage
If the temperature is hot and dry for long periods of time, it will cause soil to shrink. As the soil loses moisture, it will cause voids to form under your concrete. Over time, these holes will put undue stress on the concrete slab and will eventually cause it to fail.
As the house is being built, soil has to be removed and replaced. After this is done it is very important that it is compacted to the original density as when it was removed. If the dirt is not correctly compacted, it can speed up the creation of voids under the slab poured above. These holes will put unnecessary stress on the slab and cause settling over time.
Where We Will Level Concrete
Any time there is earth supporting your concrete, there is a danger of requiring concrete lifting. These are some of the most problematic areas that we've seen both business and residential property owners needing our services:
The 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. In the past a process called mudjacking has been used to perform this same procedure. The advantage 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.