Do you have a patio that’s uneven, a sidewalk that tilts or a sunken driveway? In any of these situations, concrete leveling is the solution. Through this process, you restore the functionality and appearance of the affected area or surface, while avoiding massive repairs or a total rebuild. If you’re considering concrete leveling, you might be wondering how the process works. Read on as Top Notch Raising explains the science behind concrete leveling.
Polyurethane foam injection
One exciting technological advance in the field of concrete leveling is the use of polyurethane foam. This material is injected underneath the affected concrete slab. Two components in the foam, when combined, release carbon dioxide. This release occurs after the injection; the carbon dioxide expands the foam, filling any voids and spaces in the concrete and lifting it back to its original, level position. Top Notch Raising is the only concrete lifting company in the area of Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol in Tennessee that uses geotechnical polyurethane foam. This material is not only sturdy and effective, but also environmentally friendly.
Factors to consider
There are two keys to any concrete lifting or leveling process. You must consider both gravity and weight distribution.
It’s inevitable that the soil underneath a concrete slab is going to settle and shift with the passage of time. This can create voids in the dirt, which is what leads a slab to sink. Gravity can accelerate this process. Foam, once injected and expanded, fills those gaps and voids to provide a refortified foundation for the slab. This prevents additional sinkage and allows our team of professionals to lift the slab back into its initial, level position.
The advantages of leveling with foam
In leveling, the alternative to using polyurethane foam is mudjacking, which entails placing mud under a building, driveway or other sunken area of concrete to level the surface.
Using foam instead of mudjacking has several advantages
- It’s faster – Mudjacking entails the use of heavy equipment, and waiting for that equipment to arrive at the work site, do its job, and then be removed safely.
- It’s more precise – The foam can be injected exactly where it needs to be without wasting any excess material or time.
- It lasts longer – The foam bonds with the particles of the soil, strengthening them.
Many homeowners have a do-it-yourself mentality when it comes to maintaining or repairing their property. Certain jobs, however, should be left to the professionals; anything that involves concrete lifting or leveling falls into that category. You only want to use a company with significant training, knowledge, and experience completing jobs of this type. The team at Top Notch Raising has the expertise you need. Mike and Jeremiah Hein founded this company in 2008 and our technicians undergo frequent additional training to remain at the forefront of the field.
Concrete leveling in Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol in Tennessee
Now that you know more about the science of concrete leveling, if you have an area that needs to be addressed, the team at Top Notch Raising is here to assist. We pride ourselves on offering long-term solutions and quality results, while providing top-notch customer service. To find out more, call (423) 482-8383 to schedule your consultation today.