Trusted Concrete Raising Contractor Serving Belvidere, NE
Over time, as rain and melting snow seep into the earth below your concrete it will be absorbed and drained. As this dirt shifts and moves around, voids can be formed. The concrete can settle into these voids and ultimately cause cracks to form in slabs or gaps between slabs.
Why Does Concrete Settle?
There are a number of factors and conditions that can contribute to settling concrete slabs. Reasons could include drastic fluctuations in the moisture level of the soil from rainy weather or a long period of dry weather that could cause the soil to become drained of water and contract.
The moisture level in the soil will fluctuate through the years, it will cause the concrete sitting on top of that soil to become damaged. If the soil 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 concrete.
If the weather is hot and no rain falls for extended periods of time, it will cause soil shrinkage. As the soil loses moisture, it will create voids under the concrete. Over time, these holes prevent proper support and put unnecessary stress on the concrete slab that will eventually cause it to crack.
As the house is being built, soil has to be removed and replaced. Once this is done it is very important that it is replaced to the original state as when it was taken out. If the dirt is not appropriately compacted, it can rapidly speed up the creation of voids under any concrete poured above. These holes will put undue weight on the concrete and can cause cracks over time.
Where We Will Level Concrete
Any time there is earth supporting your concrete, there could be a danger of needing concrete leveling. These are some of the main areas that we've seen both business and homeowners needing our services:
The Solution: Polyjacking
The best alternative to tearing out and re-pouring your cracked or sinking concrete is polyjacking.
This is a relatively new technology that makes use of expanding polyurethane foam to raise and repair these sloping 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 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.