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.