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What is Concrete Lifting? And Why Should You Consider it?

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When beautiful weather is on its way, you want to know you have an outdoor space that’s ready for anything. If you’re seeing cracks and sinking concrete, hazards are threatening to take over your home.

It might not be in the budget this year for a whole new concrete landscape, but don’t worry! Replacement isn’t the only solution.

Concrete lifting can be an affordable, quick, and more subtle option for fixing your driveway, sidewalks, or patios. Never heard of it? Read on to learn all about concrete raising and why you should consider it.

What Causes Concrete Cracking and Sinking?

A fresh concrete slab is a beautiful, smooth, and vibrant addition to your curb appeal or backyard area. If your concrete has settled after you’ve gotten it, though, that smooth slab might now be uneven and cracking. This change is not only unsightly but dangerous.

Cracking and sinking can leave your home vulnerable too many risks. Your home could be exposed to weather and water damage, or debris and pests could settle into the cracks. Uneven concrete can be especially dangerous for your family and friends around steps, pools, and play areas.

So why does this happen?

Improper Installation

We never want to believe it will happen to us, but it often does. Whether you went with the cheaper company or didn’t read enough reviews, you ended up with a badly poured concrete slab.

Improper installation is a leading cause of problems with your concrete down the road. If the company did not pack the soil sufficiently before they poured the concrete, it’s probably now causing sinking and cracking.

As the soil shifts, the concrete loses its support from the earth beneath it. Suddenly, you have pockets of air under your concrete.

Water Runoff

Water erosion has provided us with many of the most magnificent natural wonders of the world, like the Grand Canyon. We don’t want, however, the grand canyon to happen in our yard. Poorly planned water runoff can cause an erosion of the land in your yard, leading to dangerous consequences.

Even if you’ve packed your soil sufficiently under your concrete, water runoff can eat away at the land that supports your concrete, leading to sinking. It’s important to think about how water runs and settles in your yard when installing a concrete slab and take measures to redirect water away from the area.

Changes in Your Environment

There are certain factors that are completely out of our control. Our environment is one of them. If your area has recently suffered from a sinkhole, earthquake, hurricane, or another disaster, it could have damaged your concrete and the land beneath it.

Other more subtle changes, such as plants and trees, can damage your concrete. If you’ve just bought a house that hasn’t been maintained for a while, or your landscaping has gone untouched, the roots of trees and plants may have changed the land under your concrete.

If you know that this was the cause of your concrete problems, you’ll need to make sure you rectify all the other major damages to your property first. It won’t make sense to fix your concrete without fixing the ongoing issues that will cause more cracking and sinking.

If you have an ongoing sinkhole issue in your area, you’ll need to find out if the problem is infrastructure and whether you can reduce your risks. If you need to remove trees, make sure they’re fully removed and the soil is filled in properly.

What Is Concrete Lifting?

Many people are quick to call for a new concrete slab when they’re seeing problems, but not so fast! A fresh concrete slab can be beautiful on its own, but is that the right choice for you?

An alternative to starting from scratch is to simply call for a professional to perform concrete lifting.  

In most cases, the professionals at FSS will be able to drill holes into your concrete. These troughs will be used to inject a polyurethane foam under high pressure beneath the slab. As the pressure builds under the concrete, the slab will be lifted to rectify the sinking.

Once the lifting is complete, the professionals will refinish the top of your concrete slab to fill the cracks and drill holes. You’ll have a good-looking slab without going through the process of new concrete.

Regardless of the technique, concrete lifting can be a great technique for driveway leveling, sidewalk repair, and concrete raising for recreational slabs.

Why Should I Choose Concrete Lifting?

In many cases, concrete lifting is a better option for your wallet, time, and curb appeal. You might be thinking a new concrete slab is better, but new concrete is expensive, invasive, and will never quite match the original look. You’ll need to seriously consider the area you need a repair, compare expenses, and visualize the outcome you want.

New Concrete Is Expensive

If you’re planning on getting a new concrete slab, you’ll need to consider the cost of materials and labor.

You can expect to pay more for thicker concrete, more extravagant designs, and more difficult grading and landscaping under and around the slab. You’ll also need to keep your location in mind and the costs of local materials and labor.

On the other hand, concrete raising avoids the costs of new concrete. It reuses the concrete slab you already have. You’ll end up saving a lot of money by choosing concrete lifting services.

Concrete Lifting Is Quick

Dreading not being able to park on your concrete driveway or walk on your sidewalk? New concrete pours can take several days to cure before you can use your new slab. Even mudjacking, a primitive version of concrete leveling, can take several hours to set.

If you’re excited to start using your new patio or basketball court, you’re in for a long wait.

Concrete lifting means you can use your concrete in a matter of minutes. Instead of hours or days, your appointment lasts only an hour or two. Instead of waiting days to use your new concrete, the polyurethane materials injected under your concrete cure in under 20 minutes.

You’ll be astounded by how fast your concrete is fixed and ready for use compared to pouring a new slab.

Repairs Blend Better

Your concrete lifting job will be unnoticeable to visitors, unlike a new concrete slab, because it uses the concrete you already have. In some cases, it’s nice to have a freshly poured slab, such as if there was never a patio or sidewalk there before. In other cases, new concrete can actually be unsightly because it sticks out like a sore thumb.

If you have one or two segments of your sidewalk that need repair, pouring a new section without removing the rest can look pretty awful. The old concrete will keep its weathered look and color while the new section looks completely different. You might try to rectify this will a concrete stain, but you’ll never get it to look exactly the same.

When you have a case where you’re only fixing one section of your concrete, it will look much better if you pay for concrete lifting. Your old concrete slab will be back in working order and look seamless.

Spares Your Landscaping

If you’ve ever watched a neighbor get newly poured concrete, you would have realized how massive the job is. Giant machines roll up onto the property, your lawn gets torn up, and sometimes you’ll even need to take down fencing to allow for machinery to enter your yard.

Slabjacking and mudjacking, while less of a project than new concrete, still require heavy machinery that can ruin your yard.

Concrete lifting is a much smaller project and will spare your curb appeal. Because the job uses what you already have, there’s no need to dig out any grass or plants to make way for a new slab. There isn’t any demolition of old concrete, so you won’t need to worry about your flowers being trampled.

Concrete Lifting Is a Long-Lasting Solution

Pouring a new concrete slab may look good now, but if you haven’t solved the problems that led to your sinking and cracking in the first place, you’ll be on the market for a new concrete slab again soon. Concrete lifting, on the other hand, can fix the problem while it’s fixing your concrete.

The polyurethane material injected is a strong yet lightweight material. It is sturdy enough to support your concrete, but it’s light enough to not add more pressure to the soil underneath. It is also waterproof, which means it will prevent future water erosion and not be vulnerable to runoff.

Bring Your Old Concrete to Life

If you’re sick of looking at the cracks in your concrete, or you’re worried about the structural issues and hazards, it’s time to consider concrete lifting as the solution. The issues that cause concrete damage will not fix themselves or get better with age. Hesitation will only make things worse.

Save yourself time and money without damaging the curb appeal of your home. Contact Foundation Support Specialists for your quick concrete lifting appointment today!

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