When a concrete slab sinks or cracks it is important to get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Not only is it bad for the overall look and function of your home and yard, but a damaged slab can also be a safety hazard and cause serious injury to you or your family members. At Denton Foundation Repair Experts, we address a number of different concerns and will make sure that your concrete is stable, sturdy, reliable and safe. Our job is to make sure that you and your home get only the best care.
Sinking Concrete Slab
A sinking concrete slab can be caused by soil erosion. Heavy rain, snow or water that seeps into the soil beneath the slab can wreck havoc on the foundation and cause the slab to sink. This creates an uneven and unstable walking ground. When this unfortunate problem happens there are a number of things we can do to fix the issue. The most time-consuming and laborious involves demolishing the damaged area and replacing it with new, freshly poured concrete. But there are some other, faster methods as well.
Concrete Slab Lifting
One of the newest and most efficient techniques available is to use polyurethane foam. This method involves drilling holes into the concrete and then injecting the foam beneath the slab to raise it back up to its normal level. The foam is lightweight and will fill voids and holes under the concrete that are otherwise difficult to get to. After the foam injection, and the slab is lifted to its proper position, the holes are then patched up with concrete. The best part about this method is that it is fast and requires no waiting or drying time. As soon as we are done, you can begin to use the area once again.
Over time your concrete may become slightly damaged as a result of extreme weather conditions or heavy traffic or use. Luckily, these types of issues are generally just surface issues and don’t require the complete removal of your concrete slab and pier beam, or a more intense fix. Cracks are typically the result of thermal fluctuation, which can be unavoidable if you live in an area that experiences both warm and cool temperatures. When you notice a crack, it is important to contact us right away, so that we can quickly fix the problem before it becomes a much bigger problem.
Polyurethane foam can also be used in crack repair. It is lightweight and expands to fill the area, making it the perfect tool to fill and seal the crack and ensure that nothing seeps through. It’s a simple way to fix both small and large cracks, and get to those areas that are more difficult to work on. If you are working with a large area like a driveway or basement floor and are looking for a fresh, new look, resurfacing options are also available. This involves our team of experts pouring a thin, fresh layer of concrete on top of the old layer in order to level everything out and set the foundation.