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Concrete Lifting

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Homeowners in Atlanta, Athens, and Columbus are no strangers to cracks and voids in the concrete slabs around their homes. This includes interior, basements or garage floors, or exterior, sidewalks, driveway, or pool decks. Wherever the damage, it is important to repair any cracks or unevenness within your concrete structures as soon as possible to avoid further damage and tripping hazards. At AquaGuard, we have decades of experience in lifting and stabilizing concrete around your home and have a proven solution that guarantees to restore it back to solid ground.  


Causes of Concrete Damage

There are many factors that can cause concrete settlement; however, there are three main reasons why concrete slab begins to settle:

Water caused by plumbing leaks, heavy rainfalls, and erosion can find its way underneath your concrete slab. As the water moves, it can wash away the soil that is supporting the heavy weight of your concrete. The foundation can begin to sink and settle due to the soil being too moist.

When new homes or commercial buildings are being constructed, builders add layers of soil to the foundation to ensure the desired grade level. If a new slab is being poured on top of this loosely compacted soil, the chances of your concrete settling are more likely to occur.

Your soil can either become too wet or too dry. If your home was constructed with soils that are higher in clay content, they will most likely shrink as they become too dry. When shrinking occurs, it causes the creation of empty space underneath your concrete slab, resulting in uneven and cracked concrete. However, if your soil is too moist, it won’t be able to hold the weight of your structure, causing your foundation to sink and settle.

The soil underneath your driveway, that patio, or concrete steps is also highly susceptible to Georgia’s ever-changing weather and climate changes. Just as compaction or shrinkage can occur during periods of drought, during heavy rains, or when the ground thaws out after freezing during winter, that same soil can wash out and erode. Once this occurs, your soil can provide little to no support for the heavy concrete that rests on top of it.

As water moves underneath your concrete slabs, it can wash away the soil that’s supporting the weight of the overlying concrete. As this happens, a void is created underneath. Over time, with nothing to support it, your concrete slab will begin to crack, sink, or cave in. Suddenly, you’ve got a significant concrete settlement problem, safety hazard, and potential loss of resale value.

Different types of soil have different load-bearing capacities. When a soil’s load-bearing capacity is exceeded, the soil will compact and settle.

It’s also possible for the soil beneath a slab to settle and compact of its own accord. Soil that contains large amounts of clay and/or silt, as much of Georgia’s soil does, will shrink substantially when it dries out.

As the soil compacts underneath a concrete slab, the unsupported slab will sink as well, usually cracking in one or more areas as a result.

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Is Concrete Lifting the Right Solution for Me? 

When dealing with concrete woes, you could be facing dangerous tripping hazards for your family, and in severe cases, a lower home value. Any cracks, sinking, or uneven concrete slabs can seriously impact their safety and durability. As well as presenting a safety hazard for anyone using them, it can also directly affect your vehicle when repeatedly driving over cracked or sunken slabs.  

Older, and more invasive methods of concrete repair such as mudjacking and slab jacking don’t solve the problem at hand which is usually the soil it lies upon. Replacement of the concrete also does you no favors as it has the same result as mud jacking. These repairs are not only extremely invasive to do, but also costly and temporary. At AquaGuard, we offer a minimally invasive, cost-effective, and long-lasting solution called PolyRenewal™. 

PolyRenewal™ is a lightweight, but exceptionally durable and waterproof foam injection that is injected underneath the slab. It is able to cure in about 15 minutes so that normal traffic can resume on your concrete. PolyRenewal™ can be used to lift and stabilize sidewalks, driveways, patios, concrete pool decks, garage floors, and more! 

FAQs

Concrete slabs crack due to problems with the soil beneath them. All soil inevitably erodes over time or gets washed out by water and rainfall. As it does, voids are formed below the concrete slab part of your Columbus home’s foundation and there’s nothing more to support its weight. When that happens, the concrete starts to sink and break at pressure points.

In order to lift the concrete, you should also fix the holes beneath it that have caused it to sink in the first place. That can’t be done with outdated methods for concrete lifting such as mudjacking. New methods that use polyurethane foam fix both the concrete and the soil issue by filling in the holes and providing a long-term solution to this issue.

Sometimes, the cause for the cracking is in the concrete itself and that’s what happens when the concrete isn’t sturdy enough. There’s no solution for this problem other than removing the concrete slab altogether and installing a new one out of reliable concrete that will provide better material.

Typically, hairline cracks aren’t a sign that your concrete is in need of repair, as they won’t create any structural problems to your concrete floors, walls, or other structures. Hairline cracks are usually caused by the curing process and can also be referred to as plastic shrinkage cracks. With that said, depending on the location of your concrete, hairline cracks may present a cosmetic concern. If that’s the case, call AquaGuard to discuss your repair solutions with our concrete professionals. 

There are many products on the market that you can use to repair concrete without the help of a professional. However, none of these are permanent solutions, as they do not address the core issue: the soil. Calling in a professional concrete repair contractor not only guarantees you have the work done correctly, but it can also save you time and money. Ensuring the job is done right the first time can save you from continually having to repair your sinking concrete.

No—AquaGuard is the exclusive dealer of PolyRenewal® in the Greater Atlanta and North Georgia area.  

The cost of concrete repair varies based on project type and scope, the PolyRenewal® method is always cost-effective and long-lasting. Call AquaGuard today to get a free inspection and quote for your concrete slab repair project.

PolyRenewal® is one of the fasting-curing concrete repair methods, meaning you will be able to use your concrete slab in as little as 15 minutes. Compare this to other concrete crack repair methods such as slabjacking, which can take up to 24 hours to cure!

Why is Concrete Lifting Needed?

The main reason your concrete is able to be sturdy isn’t all in the material it’s made from, it also has to do with the soil underneath. With Athens and Atlanta’s year-round rain, and the areas’ clay soil, soil washout and settlement are common. This can lead to cracks within the concrete or even large voids of missing soil due to erosion. Here are some of the reasons why you may need concrete lifting. 

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Prevents Tripping Hazards  

When your slabs begin to crack and settle into the soil they present a dangerous tripping hazard to anyone using them. For the elderly, mobility impaired, or young, these hazards can cause significant injury. Whether it be your pool deck, concrete porch steps, or sidewalk, you want to make sure the surfaces are lifted and stable to prevent liability and injury to loved ones.  

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Increases Property Value and Aesthetics  

Not only does broken or uneven concrete look ugly, but it can also lower the value of your property. When you go to sell, potential buyers may notice and offer lower than what your home is valued at due to the unsafe and unsightly nature of the concrete. When you choose to repair your damaged concrete, you are increasing the appearance and value of your property. You’re also preventing safety hazards for future homeowners.  

pooled water on patio

Prevents Pooling Water 

Sunken and settled concrete around your home can also lead to pooling water in certain areas or around your foundation. This could result in hydrostatic pressure which could damage your basement floors or foundation walls. It also results in more soil erosion when water is left to sit. In worse-case scenarios, damaged concrete could lead to severe structural damage and flooding.  

Common Concrete Lifting Tips & Mistakes 

Helpful Tips for Concrete Lifting 

  • Regularly Inspect Your Foundation 

Many modern-day foundations are made from concrete so it’s especially important to consider inspecting them on a regular basis for signs of damage. Whether it be your basement floors, exterior walls, or garage floors, making sure they are damage-free is key to having a safe home. Common things to look out for include bowing walls and cracks in walls, sticking windows and doors, uneven flooring, and tilting chimneys, which can all stem from the damaged concrete.  

  • Check Pool Decks and Sidewalks 

If you have a pool in the backyard of your Columbus home, you may need to look for signs of cracks or unevenness. The same goes for the sidewalk out front, as both are constantly exposed to the elements and prone to damage. As your pool deck and sidewalk are frequently used areas, it’s important to make sure they’re structurally sound and safe for people to use.  

  • Choose AquaGuard To Restore Your Concrete 

If you are tired of worrying about tripping on your pool deck, or afraid your car is being damaged in your driveway, it may be time to call in the experts at AquaGuard. Since 1995, we’ve been helping Georgia homeowners repair and restore their concrete back to safety. During a free inspection, we’ll come out to your home and look for signs of concrete damage and explain the cause of it. Afterward, we’ll give you a written estimate of repairs and discuss the best solution in the business, PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam injections. This quick curing solution dries within 15 minutes after it is installed, meaning you can use your once damaged concrete the same day. 

Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing with Concrete Damage 

  • Say No To Mudjacking and Slabjacking 

When it comes to methods of concrete lifting such as slab jacking or mudjacking, it involves an extremely invasive process. By drilling large holes into the concrete around your home and then pumping in a slurry mix, the process eventually lifts the slabs. Not only invasive, but it is also time-consuming, messy, expensive, and doesn’t offer same-day results. It also doesn’t address any underlying soil problems.  

  • Replacing Concrete Is a Short-Term Solution 

Like mud jacking, replacement and repouring of the concrete slabs also doesn’t solve the problem of soil washout or settlement. Your concrete may stay intact for a few years, but erosion will begin immediately if the soil isn’t addressed. 

  • Do Not DIY Your Concrete Repairs  

At AquaGuard, we know how tempting it is to want to DIY home repairs due to time constraints and costs. When it comes to damaged concrete around your home, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Not only is concrete extremely heavy, but without the proper knowledge and expertise, you could become injured or not solve the problem. If you want to repair and restore your cracked, uneven, or sunken concrete, call the team at AquaGuard for a free inspection.  

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Driving rain and high humidity makes foundation problems an issue for homes in Athens. Unfortunately, the sandy soil doesn’t help matters much and can put homes at risk.

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