Why Should You Consider Concrete Floor Grinding?

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Everybody appreciates quality flooring. Unfortunately, many flooring options (such as marble, granite, and tile) can be more expensive than they’re worth. When you add in the time, money, and effort that goes into caring and cleaning these options the costs can become extreme. Because of this, homeowners and business owners have turned to a convenient solution; rather than shell out thousands of dollars for flooring that needs to be delicately cared for, they’ve begun to use concrete floor grinding.

With so many tools and attachments at their disposal, concrete companies and contractors are able to utilize concrete grinding beyond its original repair purposes. Now, concrete floors can be polished until they’re as shiny as marble — only much more durable. Let’s take a look at why you should be interested in concrete floor grinding.

  • Attractive look: In addition to projecting a clean and professional appearance, polished concrete floors are excellent at reflecting light. Garages, lobbies, and even restaurants are all interested in brightening up their buildings, and concrete floor polishing is the easiest way to see a huge result.
  • Longer maintenance life: Polished floors are exceptionally easy to clean as they only require the occasional damp mopping. Because they get their shiny and reflective appearance through the grinding of the concrete beneath, the need for expensive and messy waxes or coatings is eliminated. This saves you both on the materials and the labor required to apply them. Best of all, polished concrete floors are so durable that they can resist staining from oil and chemical spills.
  • Resistant to foot traffic: Concrete can withstand, on average, 3000 psi of pressure. The combination of this fact and its low-maintenance requirements means that your business could be booming and you wouldn’t need to take the time to shut aisles or sections down to seek out repairs. At the same time, you won’t need to move anything around in order to wax and strip the floor!

There are a number of concrete services that may improve the look of your home and business (such as concrete raising and slab jacking), but polished concrete floors offer more than just a pleasing aesthetic. If you’re looking to upgrade your garage, office, or other professional space, turn to concrete floor grinding; you won’t be disappointed.

How Can I Tell If I Need Concrete Raising?

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Concrete is a fickle material. Despite the fact that it can last for thousands of years and withstand pressures of up to 20,000 psi (pounds per square inch), it is also quite susceptible to damage given the right conditions. Water can be incredibly destructive if it is able to get into the concrete structure, and concrete repair and replacement can be exceedingly costly. However, in certain cases, slab jacking provides a more efficient and affordable solution.

Slab jacking is the original name for the process of concrete raising. Rather than focus on concrete crack repair or replacing the entire slab, a certain type of foam is inserted under the slabs to slowly raise them back to their original height; this can also minimize and seal any cracks that may be present, eliminating the need for a total slab replacement. If you’ve noticed the following signs in your home, you may be eligible for slab jacking.

  • Cracks: Cracks allow water to breach the barrier of concrete and get into its interior, which will cause further damage. Since the process of slab jacking is oftentimes very straightforward, it is a good option for fixing cracks and ensuring they don’t return.
  • Separation: If you notice that your walls are beginning to separate from your floors or ceiling, concrete leveling can get them back to their original positions. This also goes for porches and chimneys which may be pulling away from the home and its walls.
  • Water Pooling: When water pools up on flat surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and patios, it generally means that the soil beneath your slabs has become compacted. In short, the ground that your slabs were originally placed on has changed and shifted, so the concrete is no longer laying at an even angle; as a result, rainwater tends to collect at the lowest points. Since we know water is bad for concrete, rectifying this problem by raising the slab should prevent future issues from occurring.

Leaving your damaged concrete as is could end up seriously costing you in the long run, not to mention the fact that it definitely doesn’t look very good. By electing to have your concrete raised, you can save both time and money in the end.

Cracked Concrete? Slabjack Geotechnical

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Have a new or old driveway, sidewalks or patio with cracks? The vast majority of concrete will crack. The cause is usually shrinkage initially, but settling takes its toll over time.

To avoid further settling and cracking, it is important to stop water penetration through the crack and into the base soils below creating voids.

While concrete mortar can make an acceptable patch if properly applied, it is not suitable for cracks that may act as an expansion joint. Mortar will simply crack and flake out over time as the concrete heats and cools with the change of seasons and even the temperature difference between day and night.

At Slabjack Geotechnical we use a commercial grade silicone concrete caulk to seal up cracks and joints on your driveway, in your garage or even around your pool. This silicone caulk will eliminate water making its way below the soil creating voids and settling.

For your Concrete leveling and Crack sealing needs call Slabjack Geotechnical today. Superior Technology, Superior Polymers, Superior Training, producing Superior results.

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When is the right time to raise my concrete?

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“Should I just wait until my concrete has settled all the way?” or “I’ll just wait until it’s fully settled.” are things we hear often here at Slabjack Geotechnical.

The answer is generally “no” because as slabs settle further, damage will often result. Cracking, pulling away from the building and/or draining water to the foundation.

While no one likes to spend money on concrete repair it’s important to realize it only gets worse from today. More expensive, less athletically pleasing and greater potential for cracks.

Let Slabjack Geotechnical provide a detailed proposal about what’s going on, how we are going to fix it and what it’s going to cost. We are professional, knowledgeable and fair. Call today for your sunken and settling concrete solution.

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To Raise or Replace

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The big question, once you have decided to do something about your settled concrete do you replace it or raise it?

This big question generally comes down to cost and if that is the only criteria then raising will be less costly in virtually every case. There are many advantages in raising rather than replacing, raising maintains the consistent look of the surrounding concrete, there is little or no damage to landscape and it will be available immediately.

What are the advantages of pouring new? It will look bright and new and the shape can be altered if desired. If there are fractures (cracks) especially several of them, we generally recommend replacement because raising the concrete will often open up the cracks further making them more noticeable.

You can count on Slabjack Geotechnical to deal honestly with you so your decision is the best choice for you. There is a time for raising and a time for replacement, we will present options so you can make the best choice for your unique situation.

Give Slabjack Geotechnical a call today to speak with one of our experienced office staff about setting up an estimate.

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Slabjack Geotechnical Introducing Quality Concrete Coatings

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Slabjack Geotechnical is very excited to announce that we have opened a sister company! Introducing Quality Concrete Coatings! Servicing all of Washington and Northern Idaho.

For awhile now we have been asked by customers if we do any type of concrete coatings or can help with more of the appearance of their concrete. We are excited that now we can further help our customers with their concrete leveling and coating needs.

The bonus of having our new sister company is most times before you would want your concrete coated you would want to make sure that everything is level and properly stabilized. When calling Slabjack Geotechnical and setting up an estimate for concrete raising we can also transfer you over to Quality Concrete Coatings to set up your information and we can take care of those two estimates at the same time with one of our experienced design consultants. Now how is that for convenience?

Give Quality Concrete Coatings a call today at

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How to get an estimate- Slabjack Geotechnical

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Slabjack Geotechnical prides ourself on being the easiest Slabjacking company to do business with. From initial contact to billing, everything we do is geared to make the repair as easy for you the customer as possible.

When going about getting an estimate for your settle concrete first thing you would do is call our office at 1-855-752-2522 or fill out an estimate request online on our website. When calling the office you will speak with one of our experienced office staff and they will gather information from you and help set up an estimate from one of our estimators in your area.

Since we service all of Washington and Northern Idaho we have estimators located in different service areas and we will add you to the que for estimates in that area. Once we have a day and time on which city our estimator will be in we will give you a call to set up a day and time for you to complete your estimate.

Once we arrive to do your estimate, our estimator will have you walk him around and show him the areas of concern. Our estimator will take pictures, measurements and tap around on the concrete to check for voids. He will go over everything with you after he is complete and then will send your estimate to generally your e-mail or the office can mail you a hard copy.

Once the estimate has been approved we will schedule your job. In most cases you do not need to be on site unless it is an interior job. Although, we do love when you are there for the completed work so you can see the whole process. After the job has been completed you will be sent an invoice via email or in the mail. We happily accept your personal check or Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

 

Let us show you how easy it is, start to finish to have your settled concrete raised, call today.

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How to Avoid Settled Concrete- Slabjack Geotechnical

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It’s unsightly, it’s dangerous, it’s a potential liability but it’s easy to fix.

Concrete settlement is a very common problem affecting not only residential neighborhoods but municipalities commercial enterprises and industrial facilities. What causes concrete to settle?

Failure to prepare the site. If soil was disturbed during construction was it re-compacted? Was there a 4-6″ layer of compacted gravel placed under the slab? These two primary issues are the cause of much of the settling commonly found in new construction.

The next most common cause of concrete settlement is excess water. Dealing with water runoff is generally not on a builders mind at the start of construction, it should be. Trying to figure out where you were going to put downspouts, sprinklers and  water features after sidewalks porches and driveways have been poured is poor planning and asking for concrete settlement. Having a place for your run off to drain such as french drains well away from structures or into municipal water supplies if allowed in your jurisdiction will help your concrete remain stable.

In addition to the above, the type of soil that is predominate in your area plays a role in its ability to support structures. Whether it be sand, clay or silt each has advantages and disadvantages depending on its use. Some soils don’t drain well others are prone to wash out, still others will actually expand as much as 10% with water!

If someone failed in the planning phase and you are dealing with concrete settlement give the concrete raising of leveling professionals a call today.

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MRSC Roster- Slabjack Geotechnical

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The MRSC roster is used by participating municipalities and other agencies to find approved vendors and contractors to do business with. Slabjack Geotechnical is one of these vendors. If you are a governmental agency then Slabjack Geotechnical is an approved concrete raising and leveling business.

From the state to the county and city along with school districts, housing agencies, water districts, irrigation districts and more Slabjack Geotechnical is your source for concrete raising a leveling in addition to crack and joint ceiling and concrete surface sealers.

Specializing in polyurethane injection Slabjacking for the ultimate in Longevity and durability most jobs are completed in a single day. With the capability of bringing multiple rigs to the job Slabjack Geotechnical can handle the largest jobs whether it be a county culvert stabilization project, raising a state highway bridge approach or a school district with side walk trip hazards we are your one stop contractor in concrete leveling and stabilization. Call today,

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Can water be a cause to my settling issues?- Slabjack Geotechnical

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Poor compaction coupled with excess water causes virtually all the settled concrete we see.

We got a call from a homeowner that their fifty year old home was experiencing some settling on a porch and some attached brickwork. I asked, “the house is fifty years old and the settling just happened?” She replied yes but they had recently installed gutters and downspouts and she suspected that might be the cause.

A site visit showed that she was correct, the downspouts was dumping runoff right at the point of settling. An estimate was provided and the work was completed using Geo-polymer Slabjacking as well as sub grade concrete and steel bracing for the decorative brickwork.

This is so common.  Here’s how to prevent the problem;

New construction – install gutters and downspouts before concrete is poured, insuring water is directed well away from porches, walks, driveways and foundations. Where municipal codes allow, tie into storm drains, if not, dig French drains or use other methods to avoid saturating soils near concrete slabs.  Other concerns are landscape plantings too near foundations and slabs, tree roots, ponds and sprinkler systems.

Existing homes – design the gutter system with the intent to have water going somewhere other than near concrete slabs and structures. This may necessitate tunneling under walks with a drain pipe directing water well away from the home. If this is impossible a French drain can be dug, rain barrels used  or use the retracting downspout extensions that unroll to direct water away from structures when there is run off.

Take the time before settling occurs to correct deficiencies and you will avoid the problems associated with sinking concrete.

Slabjack warranties generally require the correction of the problem that created the original settling. In the vast majority of cases it means making corrections to your drainage system, eliminating plantings that require substantial water, reducing sprinklers or using drip lines instead.

Slabjack Geotechnical is a great resource when it comes to diagnosing the cause of settling and recommending corrective measures to prevent further settling. Call today,

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