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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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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Concrete Voids- Slabjack Geotechnical

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Voids under concrete eventually lead to cracking and/or settling concrete. Voids are created when concrete is partially supported by base soils or through the use of anchors or rebar to foundation walls or through the use of Sonotubes. As the soil settles or is carried away by other means a gap opens up between the soil and the bottom of the concrete slab resulting in a loss of support.

Un-compacted fill dirt, erosion, burrowing rodents, decaying organic material even a loss of moisture in the soil can create voids. Once there, voids are difficult to fill. Smaller slabs such as walks can be packed with gravel or sand to fill voids but this is not practical for larger slabs such as driveways or patios. These need a method that supports but doesn’t lift the slab. Using an expansive polymer is the ideal material for void filling for several reasons such as;

Polyurethane can travel several feet in every direction to fill voids, fissures and holes. It has the ability to consolidate organic material, sand and loose rock. If properly monitored Polymer injection can provide support without excessively lifting or stressing the slab which causes fractures.

The question with new construction is what should I do? Settling of soil in new construction can go on as long as 10 years so the question becomes do you live with it and replace your broken up concrete at some later time or do you try and preserve it knowing that you may have someone out 2, 3 or 4 times in the next decade to shore up what should’ve been taken care of during initial construction. Immediate replacement of settled concrete or concrete with voids is not a good choice as settling is not yet complete.

If you see a void opening up under your concrete slabs give the concrete raising and leveling professionals a call we will get you taken care of.

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While Slabjack Geotechnical does many commercial and municipal jobs each year, residential work is where we do the vast bulk of our work.

Settled porches, driveways, patios, sunken stoops, garage floors, slumped walks, pool decks and more, fill our days raising, leveling and correcting all kinds of trip hazards, slope problems and more.

If you are dealing with one of these issues, call the concrete raising and leveling professionals today,

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Spokane concrete lifting by Slabjack Geotechnical

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In Spokane you have a couple different options to have your concrete raised, you can have your concrete mudjacked or you can have your concrete raised with polyurethane. What’s the difference?

Just like the name implies mudjacking uses soil mixed with water and often a little bit of Portland cement or fly ash. This mixture is pumped through a hose inserted into a fairly large hole drilled in your concrete and with  hydraulic pressure the slab is raised back into position.

Polyurethane slab jacking uses the chemical expansion of structural grade polyurethane foam to raise the slab rather than hydraulic pressure. There are several advantages to this process; first the hole that is drilled in your concrete is much much smaller, 5/8 inch versus up to 2 inches in diameter. Secondly the material, polyurethane, is very light weight when compared to a mud mixture. Thirdly polyurethane doesn’t shrink. Mud by its very nature must dry out and this drying out results in shrinkage which causes the concrete to settle necessitating repumps.  Finally polyurethane flows much better under the slab the result of this is that far fewer holes need to be drilled in the concrete.

Whether you live in Spokane, the Valley, Coeur ‘d Alene, Post Falls or any of the surrounding areas the premier Slabjack contractor in your area is Slabjack Geotechnical call today for a no-cost no pressure estimate to have your settled concrete raised.

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Settled concrete repair in Spokane by Slabjack Geotechnical

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With all the hills, valleys, annual rainfall, relatively high water table and the forest, Spokane is fairly prone to concrete settlement.

When homes are constructed on hills or slopes a fairly deep excavation for the foundation of the home is necessary, as a result fill dirt is used on the uphill side of the home or structure. This fill, if not properly compacted is prone to settling particularly with the addition of rainwater, snowmelt or simply sprinklers.

A high water table can also create problems. A high water table gradually moves small particles of soil whether it be clay or sand and this slow migration of materials through the water table results in the slow settling of supporting soil.

An organic layer of material that has not been removed in the construction process can also contribute to settling layers of soil. Whether it be pine-needles and leaves or wood and garbage as organic material breaks down it shrinks and settlement of supporting soils happens.

After construction there is little that can be done below the surface that is cost-effective for all but the most expensive of structures above. For settled home foundations piering is the most common repair but can run in the tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. For concrete slab’s and slab on grade construction such as pole barns and carports polyurethane slab jacking is recognized as the most technologically advanced and the most long-lasting repair.

In Spokane and surrounding areas including North Idaho Slabjack Geotechnical is the premier concrete raising and leveling contractor. Founded in 2011 we have raised thousands of slabs from simple sidewalks and patios to municipal pool decks to concrete stadiums to school district pump houses and handicap ramps to fruit warehouses and repair shops.

Call today for an on-site, no pressure, no cost estimate.

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Spokane concrete raising and leveling by Slabjack Geotechnical

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If you live in Washington state or northern Idaho the smart choice for concrete raising & leveling is Slabjack Geotechnical. We raise settled concrete porches, driveways, sidewalks, patios, basement floors, shop floors, pool decks and more for our residential customers.

For our commercial and industrial clients we commonly raise warehouse floors, cold storage rooms, shop floors, pump-houses, loading docks and interior concrete floors. In addition we correct concrete slab curl in warehouses and help apartment building owners stay compliant with the requirements of the ADA. (Americans with disabilities act)

For our municipal clients common jobs would consist of raising and leveling handicap accessible ramps, correcting public access trip hazards, raising municipal streets and bridge approaches and stabilizing soils behind culverts. We also do trench breaks with polyurethane foam which offer several advantages such as keeping workers out of the trench.

For expert concrete raising and leveling services call today for an on-site consultation.

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