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The Two Reasons You Should Fix Sunken Concrete

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The Two Reasons You Should Fix Sunken Concrete

When you are talking about your home, no time should be wasted when repairing any damage. There is a wide variety of reasons as to why the interior of your home should be cared for, as is the exterior. But what about the concrete surrounding your home? Let's discuss the reasons why concrete should not be forgotten about and should be fixed before it has a chance to become a more pressing matter.

Safety

The most important thing in life is arguably family. One of the largest safety issues with concrete which is uneven or has sunk is the gaps between one slab and another and the height gap between them. Your family, especially kids, may be running around and may not realize that one slab is higher than the other, causing them to trip and fall. If they trip and fall, not only will this cause heartache, but it will cause potentially serious injury to them. It is because of this that getting you concrete lifted should be one of your priority concerns when maintaining your home.

Water Damage

Erosion is a serious issue. It is best described as when the forces of nature weather down at something until it can pass through where the structure once was. It is how the grand canyon was created. So, it's no mystery that water flows in the least resistant way that it can, which is fine in nature, but in your home, if concrete slabs are uneven this can cause water to flow the way it is not supposed to, sometimes back towards the foundation of your home. This may cause basement waterproofing issues, later on, a very major repair with a large cost.

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We are a team of experienced experts in the concrete business, and we would rate our work among the best. We hope you do also. If you have a reason regarding some of your concrete appearing uneven, jeopardizing safety, or causing unnecessary water damage to appear then you should not hesitate to contact us immediately and further speak about addressing your issues in the best way we can. Should you wish to schedule for someone to come out and look at your concrete, please feel free to call us at (402) 769-0113 or get a hold of us through our online contact form.

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How Polyjacking Works

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How Polyjacking Works

Polyjacking is a term used for a method of concrete lifting that involves the use of a poly-foam compound. In this method of concrete lifting an expanding poly-foam compound is injected underneath your sunken concrete slabs at key points to raise it to its proper level and to also provide a deterioration resistant support material underneath the slab. The process is simple and can be completed in under a day depending on the size of the concrete slab that needs to be repaired.

What Can It Be Used To Lift

Because the expanding foam used for the polyjacking method is so strong it can be used to lift any number of concrete slabs. Take a look below to see what applications polyjacking is appropriate for.

PatiosDrivewaysGarage FloorsBasement FloorsWalkwaysWarehouse FloorsParking LotsPool DecksThe Polyjacking Process

The process of polyjacking is both simple and effective. When we arrive at the jobsite, we follow these steps to repair your sinking concrete.

1. Cleaning

Our technicians will clean the surface to prevent dust and debris from preventing proper repair.

2. Preping

Once the surface is clean our technicians will identify, mark, and drill holes in the key areas needed to raise your concrete properly.

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Three Reasons Your Concrete Has Cracked

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Three Reasons Your Concrete Has Cracked

Our team at Concrete Leveling Solutions has years of experience helping homeowners level and fix cracked and sinking concrete slabs. There is a number of reasons why your concrete slabs may have cracked including temperature and moisture fluctuation and soil settlement.

When it comes to cracked concrete there are two main types active and dormant. Active cracks are cracks that expand or deepen over time. Dormant cracks do not change over time unless they are affected by moisture expansion or impact. If you find a crack in your concrete, it is important that you have it sealed right away before it gets worse.

Why Did My Concrete Crack?

There are many different types of cracks that can occur in concrete slabs including plastic shrinkage, settlement, and pressure cracks. These cracks can all occur quickly and must be repaired to maintain the structural integrity of the concrete slab.

Plastic Shrinkage Cracks

The earliest crack that will form is because of a process known as plastic shrinkage. Plastic shrinkage can occur if the mixture of water and cement is too watery. Too much water will take up space, causing the solid ingredients in the mix to separate. When the water evaporates, the spaces in the mix remain, leaving cracks sometimes only a hair thin.

Settlement Cracks

Cracks caused by settling are usually identified by concrete sinking or settlement. If the soil underneath the concrete begins to settle or plant materials begin to decompose the lack of supporting material can cause your concrete to crack under stress. Other common reasons concrete may crack due to settling is from underground wiring or plumbing. Even minor movements underneath concrete can cause cracking over time.

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What Causes Concrete To Sink? | Concrete Lifting In Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota

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What causes concrete to sink or become uneven?

There are many reasons that can cause your concrete to sink and often times it can be hard to identify some of the problem areas. You will come across it in the form of uneven, cracked, or sunken concrete slabs. You will hear some companies refer to this as slab settlement. What is slab settlement you ask? Well, slab settlement refers to the sinking or movement of a concrete slab when the soil below the slab can no longer support the weight of it. This happens on driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool decks, stairs, garage floors, and foundations around the country.

The Three Main Reasons Your Concrete Is Sinking

When it comes to slab settlement and concrete sinking, changing soil conditions underneath your concrete is generally the main culprit. While there are many reasons that can cause this, there are three main causes.

Soil Washout underneath your concrete slab

Poorly compacted fill soil

Soil moisture content fluctuation

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