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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Washington state Concrete raising – SlabJack Geotechnical

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Settling Concrete, as frustrating as it is can be is often one of the easiest problems to correct.

Using todays modern methods most residential jobs are completed in a matter of hours and make your concrete available for immediate use.

The process starts with a free estimate. Following approval the job will be scheduled and one of our experienced crews will arrive to complete the work. SlabJack Geotechnical offers a limited lifetime warranty against settling beyond 1/4”

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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.

Check out our website for details https://www.SlabjackGeotechnical.com/warranty.html

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Spokane concrete raising and leveling.

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Have you seen our new concrete raising truck around Spokane yet?

It is an incredible piece of machinery that can handle small residential jobs all the way up to municipal projects such as freeway slabs and bridge deck approach problems as well as commercial and industrial projects.

Mounted on a Kenworth t300 platform we can carry the equivalent of thirty cubic yards of material, enough for all but the largest industrial projects.

With our second unit now in service and our third coming soon we can tackle any project in the state and beyond.

Call today for a no cost, no pressure estimate,

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The many causes of concrete settlement

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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?

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Another cause of concrete settlement is the breakdown of organic material in your soil. As roots, debris and other organic material breaks down is creates void space that contributes to settlement. Water migrating through the soils takes with it small amounts of soil and sand and these also contribute to the gradual settling of soil.

4. Finally ground water migration can play a role in settlement in some instances particularly if you have a high water table. We did a municipal job where groundwater migration had created a six-inch avoid behind a municipal pool. While there is little you can do about a high water table you can fill voids as quickly as possible so the supporting soils are capable of carrying the load above.

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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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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Concrete crack and deep concrete crack repair by Slabjack Geotechnical

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Concrete crack repair and concrete crack filling are jobs that are often done by DIY’ers but to be done properly and to last several years certain steps need to be taken.

Choosing the proper material is important, whether you choose to use a polyurethane caulk which may adhere better or silicone caulk that is able to stretch further, preparing the concrete to receive the caulk is the most important step for a lasting repair.

If you have grass and weeds growing in your concrete cracks and joints you will want to remove the growth and any dirt that will interfere with the bond between the concrete and the caulk. This may mean pulling the weeds, pressure washing the dirt and debris out of the crack and then waiting sufficient time for it to completely dry. Even in cracks that appear to be clean either vacuuming or blowing out is a step that should be taken to remove dust and debris that will interfere with the concrete bond.

If the crack is deeper than a half an inch you will need to fill the crack with foam rope. Foam rope does two things first it allows the caulk to bind to both sides but not the bottom this aids in the ability of the repair to flex. Secondly the addition of foam rope greatly reduces the amount of material needed for the repair. Most big box home-improvement stores and small mom-and-pop hardware stores will carry one or two sizes of foam rope. Professional caulkers will carry three or four different sizes and have access to many sizes all the way up to three and even four inches in diameter.

The next choice you have to make after the type of caulk is whether you want self-leveling or non-sag caulk. Self-leveling flows into the crack and as the name suggests levels itself out eliminating the need to tool the repair. In contrast non-SAG is placed in the crack and then forced into the crack with caulking spatulas and then tooled to an attractive profile. Most professional Caulker’s prefer non-SAG material, while more difficult to use initially the material itself is more durable, less messy and more consistent.

Generally for concrete crack filling a standard gray, aluminum gray, or sandstone color will closely match concrete whether it be brand-new, a few years old or very old. There are however an entire pallet of colors available for color matching stained or colored concrete.

If you have concrete cracks that you need filled to preserve the look and keep your concrete from settling give the concrete raising and leveling professionals a call today, we fill thousands of linear feet of concrete cracks each year.

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Cracked concrete repair by Slabjack Geotechnical

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Repairing cracks in concrete is a question we often get, here’s what you need to know;

Once concrete has cracked it will act as a control joint, in other words it will continue to move, it can be stabilized to a degree but virtually any rigid topping placed over it such as more concrete or tile will crack exactly over the original crack line.

There are several things to consider with cracked concrete, first, is it a heated space? If so movement of the concrete will be greatly reduced due to heating and cooling (expansion and contraction) as a result floor coverings such as hardwood, laminate, linoleum and other semi rigid surfaces will generally be safe to install, you may even get away with some tile but ask your flooring expert which would be “safer” and less resistant to stress cracking.

If it is an exterior slab such as a driveway or sidewalk your best remedy is filling the crack with caulk, these are available in different formulations such as polyurethane, acrylic and silicone each with its own advantages and disadvantages. While we are on the topic, filling control joints is also recommended especially once the joint has broken. Keeping water, weed growth and ant colonies away from cracks and joints is key to keeping concrete stable.  Water moving through cracks, root growth and pests all create issues that caulking will help prevent.

In addition to raising and leveling settled concrete we repair and fill thousands of feet of cracked concrete so if you choose to hire someone to deal with your cracked concrete give us a call and we will take care of you.

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Help! My concrete is sinking.

 

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A frequent statement we hear when folks with sinking and settling concrete here we can help them.

Concrete settles because of poor soil conditions. Poor compaction, rotting organic material in the soil, erosion and saturation. 1-855-752-2522 has the products and the expertise to correct your settling concrete.

The vast majority of settling concrete can be corrected with our polyurethane injection Slabjacking and then addressing external problems such as erosion and soil saturation. Directing water well away from concrete by moving down-spouts, adjusting sprinklers to avoid standing water and caulking joints and cracks in concrete Will resolve the vast majority of settling concrete. So sure of this method are we, that we offer a full two-year warranty on our services. (See website www.SlabjackGeotechnical.com for restrictions) and five years if we caulk the joints!

Dealing with poor compaction and a breakdown of organic material create the same problem, settling concrete, but are at either ends of the time-line with regard to settling concrete. Poor compaction results in near immediate settling of the concrete and generally affects new construction, this settling can go on for as long as 10 years. The breakdown of organic material can happen over a period of years and even decades and is generally the result of buried material such as stumps, grasses, and construction debris. Even debris such as large chunks of concrete that have been buried can create huge sinkholes due to the voids often found around this debris that eventually is filled in with soils above it which were expected to support slabs on the surface.

Correcting settling that results from poor compaction and a breakdown of organic material often takes a two-pronged approach. First, stabilizing deeper layers of soil requires the use of soil conditioning agents injected into the ground which solidify the loose or organic material. Second, polyurethane Slabjacking to bring the concrete back to original grade is then utilized. The combination of soil stabilization and polyurethane slab jacking is the quickest and best long-term solution to correcting concrete settlement. Other methods such as mudjacking do not deal with the underlying problem of the soil nor does concrete replacement.

If you are dealing with sinking concrete call for a no obligation consultation today.

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Potential concrete raising problems

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What are some of the potential problems that occur when having your concrete raised?

The primary problem is the possibility of generating cracks in the slab that were not their before. Concrete is incredibly durable it can support thousands of pounds of weight however concrete is not torsionally strong, in other words it can’t handle twisting or bending, both of which happen when concrete is raised.

Here are some of the precautions we take and some of the methods we use to avoid fracturing your concrete slab; we make the primary lifting injections along the sides or at control joints. We use extremely accurate gauges that help us see when binding or lifting is happening. In some cases we will pre-position the concrete with a jack to avoid the torsional loads being placed on concrete by a single lift point. The most critical factor of course is experience.

While we don’t guarantee against causing a crack in your concrete neither does a concrete contractor guarantee against cracks forming in a brand-new slab but we make every effort and have years of experience in limiting generating cracks in your concrete.

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