Caulking and why it is necessary

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A question we get often is “Can you seal my cracks and joints on my concrete?” and yes, the answer is yes!

There are many different reasons why you would want to make sure the joints of either your driveway, walkway or patio is sealed up. First reason we recommend caulking those joints are to make sure there is no water from either rain fall or sprinklers that can get down through those cracks and or joints to cause erosion which then leads to voids under your slabs leaving the concrete unstable and vulnerable to crack due to pressure and more likely to settled.

Another reason our estimators would recommend caulking these areas would be it gives the concrete a nice finished look. (some before and after photos attached at end)

There are many benefits from caulking the joints and cracks of your concrete but by giving us a call at Slabjack Geotechnical we can point you in the right direction to get your concrete in the best shape!

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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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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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Mudjacking, but better – that’s SlabJack Geotechnical

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SlabJack Geotechnical is not some “Jonny come lately” Slab lifting company. We are the most experienced slab raising company in the Pacific Northwest using the geopolymer injection method. Our crews have over thirty years of experience raising slabs from small sidewalks to multi million dollars municipal freeways and more.

Polyurethane slab lifting is what we do. We don’t offer “mudjacking” it is an inferior method. Did you know virtually every state in the union specifies polyurethane injection slab lifting for their municipal projects? Faster, longer lasting, less disruption, aesthetically more pleasing, just plain better.

But that’s not all. SlabJack Geotechnical sources our material locally, in state and we are students of the craft. We have employees who were doing this a decade before any of our competitors were. We train relentlessly to be the best in the business. We have the experience necessary to handle any project, any size, any location. Call today,

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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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Concrete crack repair and caulking – SlabJack Geotechnical

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Cracks in concrete are a common complaint, unfortunately concrete is guaranteed to do two things; get hard and crack.

I read a statement that made me chuckle, it said that every load of concrete comes with four cracks – where they happen depends on the concrete contractor.

There is a lot of truth in that statement. Without the proper placement and depth of control joints, cracks can happen just about anywhere on the concrete slab. In addition, failure to prepare the surface and pour concrete on compacted gravel along with reinforcement such as rebar or welded wire mesh and the odds of slab fractures and displacement go up dramatically.

When concrete does fracture what should you do? The answer has to do with what you intend on doing with the concrete afterwards. If it is a crack in a sidewalk or driveway the best solution is usually to caulk it with a good quality concrete caulk then attempt to blend in with the color with the addition of sand it that closely matches your concrete whether it be broom finished or exposed aggregate.

If your intent is to do a concrete coating or paint afterwards a more rigid repair is called for. Companies like Roadware or Emecole manufacture rigid polyurethane or epoxy crack repair material that do a relatively good job of at least closing the crack which enables the coating or paint to perform much better.

For caulking if you’re comfortable with a non-sag caulk and the tools needed to apply it we prefer high-tech silicone concrete caulking from Silicone Depot. The beauty of silicone caulk is they do not weather like polyurethanes and have roughly 4 times the flexibility of polyurethanes so they are better suited for exterior applications. Another benefit of silicone is it doesn’t have a tendency to bubble like polyurethane caulks do. A quality caulk should last many years if you can avoid pressuring washing at a close range.

While it is not a fun job caulking cracks and joints will pay many dividends. Will reduce erosion and thus more slab cracking will reduce concrete settling and it will stop weed growth and burrowing insects. All in all a lot of benefit from not a lot of money.

What do you do it yourself or hire a local company it’s money well spent.

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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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Sunken and settling concrete? Slabjack Geotechnical

Sunken and settling concrete solution
Sunken and settling concrete solution

Sunken and settling concrete?

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Should I wait until my concrete has settled all the way? A question we sometimes get. 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,

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Spokane and Coeur d’alene concrete raising

Spokane Concrete Raising
Spokane Concrete Raising

 

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One of the biggest complaints we have dealing with contractors is the huge reliance most of them have on answering services or voicemails. Last year we made the commitment to have a full time office staff to take calls and schedule estimates and jobs. It was a huge improvement. This year we hired a second “appointment center” staff member to help further our commitment to redefining our industry. It has already improved our responsiveness to our customers requests.

Our hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. We are closed weekends and we close for outdoor work in the winter though we still do interior work as needed.

Another of our off season improvements is the addition of a third rig, this one exclusively for the Tri-Cities market. In the past when it got especially busy we had to pull a rig from their assigned territory to help in Tri-Cities. Having a dedicated rig stationed there will make us that much more responsive to each location.

Our biggest improvement is in the estimating side of the operation. Production will now estimate all jobs. As a result for the vast majority of jobs we will provide proposals not estimates. In other words our customers will not have to worry about any overage charges. The single biggest complaint was over surcharges. With the changes we have made won’t even be a possibility for 90%+ of our estimates.

More responsive, less “guesstimating” that is redefining our industry.

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Settling slab in a pole building? Slabjack Geotechnical

Settling Slab in a Pole Building
Settling Slab in a Pole Building

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Pole buildings present some unique challenges because they are not built on a traditional foundation as most structures are in freeze/thaw climates. In addition it is uncommon for builders to specify reinforcement such as rebar or welded wire mesh. As a result cracking and settling are common.

There are many things that should be taken into consideration PRIOR to building a pole building that will greatly minimize problems with the concrete portion of the structure, but that’s for another post. For now let’s consider what to do when things start to go wrong.

1) It won’t ever be less costly to fix the problem, so if you can….fix it now before greater problems rear their ugly heads.

2) There are several options for slabs going bad; replacement, raising and top coating. Let’s discuss these three.

Replacement – best option if the settling is severe, the slab has several fractures or if there are serious underlying issues with the base soil. Advantages; new appearance, can re compact the base, can add rebar and/or wire mesh. Disadvantages; have to empty out building, disruptive, takes time to tear out old slab, frame and pour then cure time up to four weeks, most costly by far.

Raising – methods include Mudjacking, polymer injection and pressure grouting. Each method has advantages and disadvantages however having used the first two methods and seen the aftermath of the third we have focused our contracting business on polymer injection exclusively since 2011. Advantages; less costly, less invasive, ready for immediate use, depending on the extent we can even underseal and insulate your floor! In addition slab raising is a proven method which has been in existence since the 1930’s if the underlying soil is stable the repair should be permanent.

Top coating – pouring additional concrete over the slab to “fill in” lower/settled sections. Advantages; new appearance. Disadvantages; additional weight will exacerbate settling problems, cracks right where under slab has cracked, can be costly, temporary fix.

If you find yourself dealing with the pole building going bad give the concrete raising and leveling professionals call today.

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