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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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

1-844-563-5667 or visit the website at www.Qualityconcretecoatings.com

“Turn floor ugly into floor envy!”

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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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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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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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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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Raise Settled Concrete in Wenatchee and Ellensburg

 

Raise Settled Concrete in Wenatchee and Ellensburg
Raise Settled Concrete in Wenatchee and Ellensburg

Raise settled concrete in Wenatchee and Ellensburg.

Slabjack Geotechnical is the most experienced concrete raising company in our area and we won’t be undercut.

If you find a contractor using the same process we use to raise concrete we will not only match their estimate, we will beat it by at least 10%.

Slabjack Geotechnical was and is a leader in the technological development of our industry having pioneered dual polymer concrete raising which greatly improves control, reduces the number of holes needed to void fill and has specified not only the density of the material we use but also the reactivity.

Call us today for a no pressure, no obligation quote today,

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Failing bulkheads repaired in and around Puget sound?

Failing Bulkheads Repaired
Failing Bulkheads Repaired

Need failing bulkheads repaired? Slabjack Geotechnical repairs failing bulkheads and seawalls.

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

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 no pressure consultation.

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Culvert and large diameter pipe sealing – Slabjack Geotechnical

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Culvert and Large Diameter Pipe Sealing

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Large Diameter Pipe Repair Methods,
We use two primary placement methods to repair large diameter pipes and culverts: spraying and injecting.

Spraying
We spray polyurethanes to rebuild joints that are poorly-seated, have dislodged, deflected or deteriorated. The materials we spray have excellent adhesion to all of the common large diameter pipe materials, such as concrete, HDPE, PVC, galvanized metal & aluminized metal. Sprayed systems are excellent for sealing joints before back grouting (see below) to contain the void filling material outside of the pipe to reduce waste.

Injecting
We inject plural component polyurethanes and single component polyurethanes outside of large diameter pipes to fill voids, fix sinkholes and provide stability. Injection is commonly used for leak-stopping as well.

Give is a call today for an onsite inspection and estimate for your large diameter pipe or culvert repair.

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