Concrete Problem Signs
There are several warning signs that can indicate you need to lift an element of the concrete. Even if you’re not very well versed in concrete sinking or lifting, these warning signs tend to be relatively easy to watch out for.
Cracks in your concrete are probably the most obvious sign that you’re having problems. When you have cracks in your concrete, it’s almost always because the concrete has too much weight that it’s trying to support. That means you need to lift whichever area doesn’t have enough structural stability.
Of course, it’s important to note that concrete cracks can come from a variety of sources, which means that just adding polyurethane foam injections won’t necessarily fix the problem. Even if polyurethane foam injections are part of the concrete lifting process, it’s important to have an expert come in and assess what’s causing the concrete problems.
Does it seem like one side of the concrete is lower than the other? This is a very common problem, but it’s one that indicates an issue underneath the concrete. The issue in question specifically revolves around the fact that one side of the concrete doesn’t have enough support, so its weight is pulling down on the soil underneath it.
This uneven settling problem is frustrating and it’s something that tends to happen a lot to concrete. If you notice that a concrete slab is uneven, it’s important to ask why that might be. Most of the time, it’s because of issues with the soil underneath, which is something that polyurethane foam injections might be a useful part of fixing.
When concrete doesn’t have cracks in it, it’s waterproof. However, as soon as there’s a crack that goes all the way through the concrete, you’re going to have water problems. Because the soil naturally has water in it, it’s possible for that crack in the concrete to push water up through the concrete, causing a pool of water in it.
If you notice this, it means that many things have gone wrong. First off, there’s probably too much water underneath the concrete. Second, the concrete has a crack all the way through it. Third, there’s probably a settling problem causing water to pool in a specific place in the concrete. Fixing all of these requires an inspection from an expert.
Take a glance outside. Odds are there is sinking concrete somewhere nearby. We have all seen uneven concrete slabs – from sidewalks and stoops to driveways and pool decks. It is common for concrete to settle over time. While it is not a surprise, it can quickly become dangerous for your property and your family. Cracking or sinking slabs negatively impacts curb appeal and presents safety hazards to anyone walking or driving on your property’s concrete. It’s important to address these problems as soon as you notice them by contacting your local concrete lifting experts at Ohio Basement Authority for a free inspection and repair estimate.
Causes of Concrete Damage
Home construction involves compacting or tamping down soil that was replaced or backfilled around the foundation or prior to the pouring of concrete structures. Any loose or improperly compacted soil underneath concrete slabs in your driveway, sidewalk, or patio, for example, can crack, sink, and become uneven. This leads to unsightly safety hazards.
Your exterior concrete structures like the sidewalk, driveway, patio and concrete steps are constantly exposed to the elements. The same goes for the soil underneath and around these features. With Central and Southern Ohio’s frequent rains and storms, the soil under concrete slabs can wash out and erode. This leaves gaps and voids around and under the concrete, which will eventually crack and sink without proper support from below.
As trees grow, so do their roots in search of nutrients. Sometimes, the roots can end up close to the surface and your exterior concrete driveway, sidewalk, and other structures. The roots can crack, break, and cause other damage to the concrete slabs. Properly landscaping your property with the right trees and bushes can help prevent these problems.
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Concrete Lifting Solutions
Common repair methods companies have used in the past include completely replacing the problematic concrete or using mudjacking or slab jacking techniques to lift the sinking slabs. This involved pumping a mixture of concrete and mud under the settling areas. These outdated processes are not effective or long-lasting, but Ohio Basement Authority’s innovative PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam injections can put your concrete back on solid ground once again.
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PolyRenewal™ is a non-invasive technique that can lift your concrete slab floor and provide a long-lasting solution.
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Sinking concrete around a pool is a common problem that creates tripping hazards.
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If you have a concrete sidewalk that is cracked or uneven, it not only looks bad, but it can lead to a fall or serious injury.
Is Concrete Lifting the Right Solution for Me?
Any cracking or uneven slabs around your home – including in your sidewalk, driveway, patio, or exterior steps – will not fix themselves. They can be hazardous not only for people with mobility issues, but for anyone using them. Sunken slabs that become a tripping hazard also could become an insurance liability. The wellbeing of your family and your guests should be a top priority, and it goes hand in hand with the health and safety of your home. That is why having a reliable repair solution to protect those you cherish is important.
You may wonder why you have these concrete problems in the first place. Concrete can crack and sink into voids for several reasons, but the underlying soil is the main culprit. Different types of soil have varying load-bearing capacities, and the soil will compact and settle when that load-bearing capacity is exceeded. Soil significantly comprised of clay and silt, which is common throughout Ohio in Columbus and Cincinnati, also will shrink substantially when it gets dry. Water can move underneath the concrete and wash the soil away, leaving an unsupported void in its wake that will easily sink.
It isn’t realistic to replace the soil under your home, and traditionally used repair methods like mudjacking or slab jacking, and concrete repouring will not permanently solve the problem. At Ohio Basement Authority, we want the best for our customers, and we are continuously searching for new and innovative ways to help protect their homes. We combined the concept of mudjacking with better materials and state-of-the-art technology to create the PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting system. Lightweight yet incredibly durable polyurethane foam is injected under the slabs through penny-sized holes. This allows for the precise lifting and stabilization of the concrete, and it cures in 15 minutes, meaning you can use your concrete areas that same day!
Lifting concrete is a complicated process and it’s important to remember that you need to think about all elements of the concrete, not just the initial lift. This is exactly why you can’t rely on DIY solutions for your concrete lifting. Relying on DIY solutions is almost always a huge problem.
When you’re looking for better concrete lifting solutions, regardless of where the sunken or fallen concrete is, you need to talk to an expert to have someone come in and assess the problem. An expert will be able to help you understand your options and fix your sunken or fallen concrete
Concrete lifting is nothing if not complicated, but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you might think. Lifting your concrete back to normal is a fairly simple process as long as you have an expert who knows what they’re doing. With the help of an expert, you can maintain your concrete and ensure it stays healthy for as long as possible.
It’s important to remember that lifting your concrete back to normal is a process that requires precision. That’s why you’re not able to buy polyurethane foam injections off the shelf. If you have a problem with your concrete that you think polyurethane foam injections would be able to help, get in touch with a local expert. They’ll be able to talk to you and help you figure out the right solution.
If you’re like many homeowners, your immediate thought may be that you should just repour the concrete. After all, a brand-new concrete slab will probably be stronger and more effective than trying to fix the existing concrete slab, right?
The truth is that pouring a new concrete slab is time-consuming, difficult, and wasteful. Fixing the slab with concrete lifting will be much more effective because it takes less time, isn’t as expensive, and doesn’t require as much hands-on effort to accomplish. If you can fix your concrete slab early, you don’t have to repour it.
When you’re looking into raising concrete, there are going to be a few different options for concrete raising, and polyurethane foam injections are going to be one of the best ways for you to raise the concrete. That’s because it’s a mix of different elements that, when combined, expand to substantially more than their initial mass, then harden very quickly.
At their core, polyurethane foam injections work well because they don’t need a lot of time to set but they’ll still maintain a lot of weight. You don’t have to worry about whether they’re “as effective” as more invasive options like slabjacking or mudjacking. They’re at least this effective, and in many cases, they’re more effective.
There are many reasons concrete may sink. For example, you might end up with sinking concrete due to erosion from water, issues with the original pouring process, or because you have too much weight on one side of the concrete.
This means that there’s no single reason for concrete sinking, which also means there’s no single method of concrete lifting. The only way to know why your concrete is sinking is to get an expert in. They can let you know what’s going on underneath your concrete.
Ohio Basement Authority’s PolyRenewal™ injection foam solution is perhaps the best concrete lifting and stabilizing solution for your Lima home. Our experts will inject this foam through your concrete slabs to lift and stabilize them. Though it is lightweight compared to concrete lifting solutions available elsewhere, that does not mean that it will not be able to support these heavy slabs. Rather, its weight guarantees that it will not eventually drag these slabs down again over time, unlike other concrete lifting substitutes.
The foam will also protect your soil from washing out even in the harshest of storms. It will fill in the pockets left by the washed-out soil basically to prevent the remaining soil from washing away again. Of course, some homeowners might worry that this foam could potentially be harmful to either you or your landscaping. Our PolyRenewal™ foam solution is made up of eco-friendly polymers that will not affect the surrounding soil, your landscaping, or your lawn in any way.
Another great benefit of this solution is the fact that it cures fairly quickly. After the initial application, it will only take the foam around 15 minutes to cure. That means once we are done with our repairs, you will be able to walk along your concrete slabs with no issues at all the very same day! It is a noninvasive foam that only targets the slabs we intend to fix, so you do not have to worry about it spreading out to your other slabs and making those uneven either. Call the concrete experts at Ohio Basement Authority today!
Why is Concrete Lifting Needed?
Your home and family can benefit from concrete lifting with PolyRenewal™ in so many ways, including avoiding the following:
As we’ve mentioned, uneven concrete is an unsafe tripping hazard. Whether in your sidewalk or driveway, on exterior concrete steps, or around a concrete pool deck, anyone can easily trip and fall where there are sunken slabs. Very young children, the elderly, and anyone with mobility issues are particularly affected. Uneven concrete also is very hazardous around a pool.
Diminished Home Value and Appearance
Sunken concrete or cracking slabs are unsightly and greatly decrease the curb appeal of your home. This is a big deal when you go to sell your home. If your house is in good shape but the concrete in and around it is not, potential buyers could be immediately turned off at the sight. This also affects the value of your home.
While not always directly connected, any problems with exterior concrete also could mean problems with your home’s foundation. Both are closely rooted in problematic soil that is commonly found throughout central and southern Ohio. If you have a cracking or sinking driveway, for example, it’s possible your foundation also is cracking and could be showing itself in the form of bowing walls. Staying vigilant to all problems around your home, from the concrete slabs to the foundation, is key.
Common Concrete Tips & Mistakes
Our team at Ohio Basement Authority has heard and seen it all when it comes to concrete problems and repairs. Along with helping with repairs, we want to arm and empower you with some basic tips on what to do and what to avoid.
Helpful Concrete Repair Tips:
- Monitor Problems with Drainage: Similar to the possible connection between concrete and foundation problems, uneven concrete also could be tied to drainage issues around your home. If downspouts are damaged or not properly extended and allow water to drain on or near the concrete, the underlying and surrounding soil could become overly saturated. This could result in soil washout, concrete sinking, and even flooding.
- Check Other Concrete Areas for Additional Problems: Considering the root of most concrete problems is the soil, several areas with concrete around your home can be affected. If, for example, your front sidewalk is cracking and sinking, your back patio or pool deck also could have similar issues. Other problems like pitting, flaking, and staining also could be damaging these concrete areas.
- Trust Local Experts with Repairs: Even though it’s important to keep an eye out for any and all concrete problems, this can feel overwhelming and confusing. If there is any question about the condition of your home’s concrete structures, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team at Ohio Basement Authority for a free inspection and repair estimate. We take the guesswork out of the process by expertly diagnosing any problems, recommending the best solution, and installing customized repairs.
Concrete Repair Mistakes to Avoid:
- Caulking and Concealing Cracks: Applying caulking to any kind of crack only masks its appearance. It does nothing to actually repair it or address the cause of the problem, and further cracks can still develop.
- Installing Other DIY Repairs: Wanting to take on your own repairs is understandable, but concrete is not a project that we would advise any DIY work be done. To get the best, long-lasting result from concrete lifting with PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam injections, it’s best to leave the installation to the pros at Ohio Basement Authority.
- Investing in Temporary Solutions: The traditionally used and accepted methods of concrete repair have included mudjacking/slab jacking and concrete repouring/replacement. But these projects can be extremely costly, time-consuming, messy, and ineffective. They may hold the concrete in place for a short time, but the problematic soil still remains and will contribute to further concrete cracking and sinking. Instead of repeatedly investing in temporary solutions, opt for a less-invasive long-term fix with polyurethane foam injections.
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