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Friday, July 20th, 2018 by Sam Ruzzano
Many homeowners don't realize the number of concrete slabs they have around their home. Concrete slabs can be your driveway, sidewalks, patio area, garage floors, additions, and interior floor slabs. Over time, these slabs can encounter a variety of problems, including sinking and uneven concrete; broken and chipped concrete; pitting,
flaking and deterioration of the surface. These problems get worse over time when ignored and when the problem gets worse the solution becomes costlier. Your home is a big investment and so its’s important to fix any concrete problems around your home immediately to protect it from future damage.
Why does this problem occur? Well, although concrete is a very strong and durable material, it does have a lifespan. Below a concrete slab is soil and that holds the weight of the concrete. Over time the soil becomes weak and can no longer hold the weight causing the slab to settle and become uneven. If your soil is poorly compacted, too dry or too wet, that slab will sink.Any concrete issue you have around your home WILL impact the safety of your home and its surroundings. When you start to grow your family, your home is their safe place. This puts your family’s quality of life at risk and so it’s important to make sure your foundation and the concrete around your home is stabilized and protected. This damage will also decrease the value of your home when it comes time to sell which then puts your investment at big risk. Over time these problems become bigger and new problems develop, putting your peace of mind at risk. The best choice you can make when discovering concrete issues is to address them right away; fix it now to avoid the real risk later.
You could use mudjacking as a solution but let’s think about this first. The existing concrete slab is sinking because the soil underneath can no longer hold the weight. Mudjacking is injecting mud or cement slurry in the void underneath. Cement is heavy! Eventually over time that cement is going to sink as well and you will have the same problem you had before. How about concrete replacement? We have already realized that the slab isn’t the problem but the soil underneath. So, this new slab will gradually over time sink as well. Now you have a new slab that is sinking just like the old one and its two different colors!
Quality 1st Basements uses Polyurethane foam known as PolyLevel to fill the void below the slab, raising it back to level. PolyLevel is a state- of- the- art approach to repairing sinking concrete. Rather then injecting mud or cement under the slab, we inject high- density, lightweight, structural- grade polymers to lift, level and stabilize each slab. The installation begins with small penny-size holes drilled into the concrete slab. Using specialized equipment, the polymer foam is injected into the voids under the unstable slab. Once the void is filled, the foam begins to expand, raising the slab back to its desired level. Clean installation, long-term warranty and within 15 minutes the slab could be walked on and driven over. Your slab is now resting on an ultra-light, waterproof and wash-out proof material without adding weight or pressure to the unstable soil underneath. WOW! Our PolyLevel System has been studied by the US DOE through Argonne National Lab, who confirmed that PolyLevel has a long-term stability and poses no risk for harmful leaching of chemicals. So PolyLevel fills the void in the unstable slab, raises the existing slab back to level, is environmentally friendly, waterproof and less expensive then concrete replacement. I think its safe to say that when it comes to your sinking and settling slab, our PolyLevel System is the best solution out there!