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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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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Concrete Trips- Slabjack Geotechnical

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According to the National Floor Safety Institute the average medical cost from a slip/trip fall is $22,800! The potential legal costs and jury awards are several times that amount. Rather than ignore the “little trip” have it fixed by Slabjack Geotechnical.

Whether it be a walk from your driveway, a trip on your driveway or a sidewalk by the street, you, the homeowner, not the city, are responsible for maintaining the walk and keeping it free from snow, debris and known hazards such as trips due to settled concrete.

A quick and unobtrusive process, Slabjacking raises settled concrete through the use of an expanding polymer grout. Most jobs are done in a couple of hours and the walk is available for immediate use. No waiting for forms, concrete and curing. No destruction of lawns or plant, just a quick drill, inject and patch.

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Having Drainage Issues?-Slabjack Geotechnical

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A big part of eliminating settled concrete is to plan your drainage system. Addressing runoff will pay dividends for years to come not only in reduced settling but in keeping your basement dry and foundation stable.

Some communities do not allow gutters to be directed into storm drains or into the municipal sewer system and therefore must be handled by French drains and simple sloping of top soils to direct runoff well away from structures.

Time spent planning where water will go and the amount anticipated is something your builder should do, if not have a conversation about getting water well away from any concrete walks, drives, porches, etc.

Time and planning spent here can save a significant amount of money and headache down the road.

If that didn’t happen and you are dealing with settled concrete give us a call, we can help.

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Concrete Leveling in Washington

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Curious about concrete leveling and void filling? When we come to your site we are bringing $100,000 worth of concrete leveling equipment, tools and material, along with the experience of our crew having raised thousands of settled concrete slabs.

As we arrive on the job site, the first thing we do is start the equipment and while the material warms, we determine the best location for the injection valves and drill 5/8″ holes at those locations. For very narrow slabs settled on their side, jacks may be used to position the slab prior to the lifting process.

To monitor the lift we use extremely sensitive gauges are used that measure 1000ths of an inch. This is important so we don’t over lift the slab. Those gauges are also critical when void filling where lift is not desired.

Once the lifting and/or void filling is complete the holes are patched with quick-setting mortar, tinted and colored, if necessary, to match your concrete and the job site is swept clean. When we leave, your are free to use your concrete. We use quick set mortar that is hard after about half an hour, but you will want to avoid direct water pressure for a day.

When you hire Slabjack Geotechnical to raise your settled concrete, you can rely on four things; Superior Technology, Superior Polymers, Superior Training, Superior Results.

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Raise settled concrete before it’s beyond repair.

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Concrete like anything home related has a lifespan. Concrete can last many decades if it was properly poured, finished and then maintained.

At the first sign of trouble take action. If your concrete is spalling, flaking off the top, apply a sealer/hardener.  If it is cracking there are commercially available crack and joint sealing products or hire a pro like us to do it for you.

A call to our office will result in an estimator showing up at your home or business to give a detailed proposal on how to best handle your situation. This may involve raising or stabilizing concrete, sealing up cracks and joints, applying a penetrating sealer and giving recommendations on how to prevent future settlement.

If you are experiencing concrete settlement call the recognized leader SlabJack Geotechnical. We are one of the most respected and sought out slab raising contractors in the nation. We have trained contractors across North America, worked in many states and Canada and have the knowledge to handle the most challenging projects. Whether that be a simple residential job, a commercial building or a large municipal project sealing culverts and manholes.

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Limited Lifetime Warranty with Slabjack Geotechnical

Limited Lifetime Warranty with Slabjack Geotechnical
Limited Lifetime Warranty with Slabjack Geotechnical

Limited lifetime warranty with Slabjack Geotechnical.

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The vast majority  of companies raising concrete slabs only offer a one or two year warranty. Since our inception Slabjack Geotechnical has sought to be a different company, one that sets ourselves apart from the competition.

Today we proudly announce we have extended our warranty to as long as you own the residential property! That’s right, a lifetime warranty. The competition isn’t even close.

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Failing seawall or bulkhead in Puget sound or Lake Washington?

Failing seawall or bulkhead in Puget sound or Lake Washington
Failing seawall or bulkhead in Puget sound or Lake Washington

Failing seawall or bulkhead in Puget sound or Lake Washington?

Slabjack Geotechnical repairs failing bulkheads and seawalls.

Using ANSI 61 certified materials means it is safe not only for marine but municipal water supplies too.

Using injection technology we form a solid mass under, behind and between your failing bulkhead that prevents water from washing out supporting soils. No more sinking lawn or concrete patios, no more worry about what might sink next.

Call today for a consultation.

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Sinking concrete? The options, the straight scoop. Slabjack Geotechnical

 

Sinking Concrete Replacement
Sinking Concrete Replacement

 

When you first notice your concrete settling it is a concern, when someone trips and falls it becomes a liability.

In addition to a potential lawsuit, settling concrete can create wet basements, foundation settlement and frozen puddles. Fixing theses issues starts to make financial sense when compared to lawsuits and structural problems down the road.

So, what are the options?

Do nothing – sometimes ignoring the problem is an acceptable solution. If the settlement is less than 1/2″ (1/4″ for businesses) it generally doesn’t require repair.

Replace it – you can expect to pay between $8-12 a square foot for standard broom finished concrete. This large range of price is due to several factors, both of the removal and the replacement. Was there rebar? How thick was the slab? Are there recycling facilities for the old slab? Is the new slab going to have structural reinforcement? How thick will the new slab be? How is the access to the site? And many more. Generally figure $10 for rip and replace and you won’t be far off. Of course replacement has a few drawbacks beside being the most costly option. You won’t be able to use your concrete for a week or two while the concrete is placed and then given ample time to cure. You can expect some landscape damage from the forms, concrete trucks and general worksite related issues and it can be a several day operation.

Mudjack it – A method going back to the 1930’s Mudjacking pumps a mud slurry through a hole drilled in your slab to hydraulically raise the concrete. This method is a perfectly acceptable method to raise settled concrete. The primary complaint about this method is the large holes needed, 1-2″ diameter and the large number of them since the material doesn’t flow very far from the pumping location. Price is typically half or less of replacement.

Slabjack it – With polyurethane injection. This is basically Mudjacking brought into the twenty first century. Better methods, better material, better end result. Material injected through a much smaller 5/8″ hole and far fewer of them leaves a much better appearance when completed. Material can be formulated for incredible lift for very heavy porches and structures or formulated for filling voids with little lift generated. The ability to have materials available for a wide range of uses is incredibly advantageous compared to Mudjacking. Cost is comparable to Mudjacking due to the efficiency of the method even though the material is more costly.

When should I replace and when to raise? As a general rule if your slabs are in good condition you should raise them. If your slabs have many cracks or if the top of the concrete is spalling replacement is probably your best option.

Here at Slabjack Geotechnical we have a motto- a job needs to meet three criteria, first it needs to be doable, second it needs to be profitable and third IT NEEDS TO BE IN THE CUSTOMERS BEST INTEREST. We will not do a job, no matter the profit to us, if it is not in our customers best interest to do so.

We are so confident in our service we offer a limited five year warranty.

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Slabjack Geotechnical – the concrete driveway repair company

 

If you are like a lot of people how your driveway looks is important. If you have settled concrete or cracks it just detracts from the overall appearance of your property, but what can you do?

Our total concrete protection system is just the answer you’re looking for. Combining concrete leveling with filling joints and cracks takes your concrete from shabby to spectacular. For some examples take a look at our Facebook page.

Give us a call for a no-cost no-pressure estimate today,

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