General informationWhat not to do if you have settled concrete

February 14, 2015by Jerald Sargent0

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Occasionally we are called out to raise concrete where the home owner has attempted to “fix it” themselves, here are some things not to do;

-Don’t pour additional concrete under the slab. Think about it, is adding more weight really going to raise anything? Unless you have the means to generate upward pressure on the slab it isn’t going anywhere.

-Don’t pour new concrete on top of settled in an attempt to level it. In climates that experience freeze thaw cycles, concrete generally comes back off after a season or two, especially if not sealed. If a feather edge is needed to level the slab the feather edge is where the problem will be most pronounced.

-Most concrete slabs are not good candidates for DIY leveling. We do have a DIY section in our blog index that addresses this for small slabs with access on the settled end. DIY concrete raising can be dangerous because of the weight involved so proceed with caution.

-Don’t trust your unique job to amateurs. Some slabs are fairly simple to raise but most slabs and structures are greatly benefited by an experienced contractor that has raised slabs or structures similar to  what you have.  An experienced contractor can greatly reduce the possibility of fracturing the concrete, will do the job faster and offer a better warranty.

When it comes to concrete repair call the concrete raising and leveling professionals today, we can help.


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