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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How to get an estimate- Slabjack Geotechnical

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Slabjack Geotechnical prides ourself on being the easiest Slabjacking company to do business with. From initial contact to billing, everything we do is geared to make the repair as easy for you the customer as possible.

When going about getting an estimate for your settle concrete first thing you would do is call our office at 1-855-752-2522 or fill out an estimate request online on our website. When calling the office you will speak with one of our experienced office staff and they will gather information from you and help set up an estimate from one of our estimators in your area.

Since we service all of Washington and Northern Idaho we have estimators located in different service areas and we will add you to the que for estimates in that area. Once we have a day and time on which city our estimator will be in we will give you a call to set up a day and time for you to complete your estimate.

Once we arrive to do your estimate, our estimator will have you walk him around and show him the areas of concern. Our estimator will take pictures, measurements and tap around on the concrete to check for voids. He will go over everything with you after he is complete and then will send your estimate to generally your e-mail or the office can mail you a hard copy.

Once the estimate has been approved we will schedule your job. In most cases you do not need to be on site unless it is an interior job. Although, we do love when you are there for the completed work so you can see the whole process. After the job has been completed you will be sent an invoice via email or in the mail. We happily accept your personal check or Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

 

Let us show you how easy it is, start to finish to have your settled concrete raised, 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 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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To Raise or Replace- Slabjack Geotechnical

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Have new or older concrete that’s still in good condition but has settled?

With the residential construction boom we had a few years ago, it is not surprising to see many of those homes now dealing with some settled concrete issues, five or six years later.

If you are dealing with sunken and settled concrete, and are tired of looking at trip hazards and unsightly concrete, but the concrete itself is still in good shape, we can help.

For less than half, and often times much less, Slabjack Geotechnical can raise your settled concrete back to the proper grade.

Check out our website, www.SlabjackGeotechnical.com and give us a call for a no obligation, no pressure, estimate to raise your settled concrete back to grade.

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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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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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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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