How to Level Sinking Concrete
It can be aggravating, and sometimes even frightening, to spot sinking concrete around your private residence or commercial property. Sinking concrete is never a good sign.
How can you tell if you have a sinking concrete problem? What’s the first step to fix sinking concrete? Should you level the sinking concrete yourself?
We’ll explain how to level sinking concrete, and when to call in the pros.
Why concrete sinks
First, if you notice your concrete is sinking, don’t panic. We know it can be unsettling, but in Florida, sinking concrete is a common problem.
When we install concrete, it comes into direct contact with the ground. Natural erosion, water, shifting and other natural forces can cause the soil beneath your concrete slab to shift, deteriorate and loosen.
When this happens, your concrete may begin to sink.
This is especially common if the soil below your concrete slab wasn’t compacted well enough before the concrete was poured.
If there is poor drainage or flooding around your slab, it’s also common to see it begin to crack and sink.
Fortunately, LRE Foundation Repair is in Florida and bringing the latest state-of-the-art technology in concrete repair.
What should I do if I notice sinking concrete?
If concrete is sinking, you may notice deep cracks beginning to appear, or uneven slabs and stairs.
Sometimes, concrete will pull away from a wall or begin to buckle, deteriorate and crumble.
If this is occurring, it’s ideal to call LRE Foundation Repair right away.
We will deploy one of our concrete experts to perform a free inspection on your property. We will quickly access why the concrete is sinking and explain our process of concrete leveling.
What is Concrete Leveling?
Concrete leveling is a process that lifts your concrete slab back to its original height. It fills the gap between the ground layer of soil and the height the concrete was intended to be.
Today, we use a state-of-the-art product called PolyLevel® to fix sinking concrete with a permanent solution.
Is Mudjacking or PolyLevel® better?
Previously, we performed mudjacking to fix sinking concrete. This involved drilling 2-inch holes in to the slab, bringing in heavy equipment and pumping a slurry mixture of concrete under the slab to elevate and level it.
But a lot has changed in 30 years, and we’re appreciative of new technology that makes concrete leveling much faster, affordable and long-lasting!
Today, LRE Foundation Repair exclusively uses polyurethane injections for concrete leveling and a top-of-the-line product, PolyLevel®.
We pump this environmentally-friendly product under the sinking slab.
It’s a strong and permanent solution. The foam fills the gap between the sunken soil and the intended height for the concrete.
PolyLevel® doesn’t release chemicals into the soil, nor does it bring the same mess as mudjacking.
The holes we drill into the existing slab are much smaller, and it dries much more quickly.
Lifting concrete DIY
Should you level concrete yourself if you notice it’s sinking?
We don’t recommend it, although we know there’s a host of online videos and blogs with tips for homeowners and concrete DIY.
If your concrete slab is sinking, it may be causing hazards around your property.
It’s likely sinking is due to soil concerns. Fixing concrete with permanent solutions requires a thorough inspection not only of the concrete itself, but the ground, drainage and supports surrounding the installation.
If people will be walking or driving on your concrete, it’s imperative that it be repaired to the level everyone is safe.
As professional concrete experts, we can ensure the job is done right. We’ll employ a highly-trained team using the best products in the industry.
When helical piers are recommended
Helical piers aren’t the most common solution to leveling concrete. Most often, driveways, pool patios, sidewalks and other concrete slabs can be quickly repaired with PolyLevel®.
However, sometimes sinking concrete indicates an extensive and expansive problem which may lead to a structural crisis. If this is occurring, our professional foundation experts can quickly assess the situation and offer reliable solutions.
If you need complex solutions for sinking concrete, please call LRE Foundation Repair right away for a free, professional foundation inspection.