Local Concrete Raising Serving Larrabee, IA
As time passes, as snow and rain seep into the earth under concrete at your home it will grow and shrink. As this dirt shifts and moves around, empty spaces can be formed. The concrete can sink into these voids and ultimately cause cracks to form in slabs or spaces between slabs.
Why Does Concrete Settle?
There are many factors and conditions that can cause the settling of concrete. Some reasons could be drastic fluctuations in the moisture level of the soil from rainy weather or an extended period of dry weather that could cause the soil to become depleted of water and shrink.
The moisture level in your soil will be fluctuating through the years, it causes the concrete slab sitting on top of that soil to become damaged. If the soil becomes saturated due to improper drainage, this water will cause the ground to become saturated and prevent it from being able to support the concrete.
Dry Soil Shrinkage
If the weather is warm 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 slab. Over time, these holes cause pressure and put unnecessary stress on the concrete slab that will ultimately cause it to fail.
As the house is being built, the soil is removed and replaced. Once this is done it is critical that it is restored to the original density as when it was removed. If the earth is not appropriately compacted, it can rapidly speed up the creation of voids under the concrete poured on top. These holes will put undue weight on the concrete and cause cracks over time.
Where Our Team Can Level Concrete
Any place there is soil supporting your concrete, there is a danger of requiring concrete leveling. These are the most problematic areas that we've seen both business and residential property owners needing our services:
Our Solution: Polyjacking
The trusted alternative to tearing out and replacing your cracked or sinking concrete is polyjacking.
A relatively new advancement that makes use of expanding polyurethane foam to lift and repair these damaged slabs back to their intended position. Historically a method called mudjacking has been used to perform a similar procedure. The benefit that polyjacking has over mudjacking is the polyurethane foam quickly expands to fill the void 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.