Local Concrete Raising Contractor in Lawrence, NE
As time passes, as rain and melting snow enter into the earth below your concrete it will expand and contract. As this ground shifts and settles, voids can be formed. The slab can settle into these open spaces and eventually create cracks in slabs or spaces between slabs.
Why Is My Concrete Settling?
There are a number of factors and conditions that can facilitate the settling of concrete slabs. These include drastic changes in the moisture content of the soil from rainy weather or a long period of dry weather that causes the soil to become drained of water and shrink.
The moisture level in the soil will be fluctuating over time, it causes the concrete sitting on top of that soil to become damaged. If the soil becomes saturated due to poor drainage, this water will cause the ground to become weak and unable to support the concrete.
Dry Soil Shrinkage
If the temperature is hot and no rain falls for extended periods of time, it will cause soil shrinkage. As the soil loses moisture, it will create empty areas under the concrete. As time progresses, these spaces prevent proper support and put undue stress on the concrete slab that will ultimately cause it to crack.
During construction, soil is removed and replaced. Once this is done it is critical that it is compacted to the original density as when it was removed. If the soil is not properly compacted, it can speed up the forming of spaces under the slab poured above. These holes will put unnecessary weight on the concrete and cause cracks over time.
Where We Can Level Concrete
Anywhere there is earth 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 homeowners needing our services:
The Solution: Polyjacking
The trusted alternative to tearing out and re-pouring your cracked or settling concrete is polyjacking.
This is a relatively new advancement that makes use of polyurethane foam to lift and repair these sloping slabs back to their intended position. In the past a process 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.