Concrete Problem Signs
Concrete around your property can sustain a variety of damage for many reasons. Here are some common issues you may notice with your home's interior and exterior concrete slabs.
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Soil washout is a serious issue that affects many homes in and around Colorado. Learning to recognize the problem signs and act quickly is absolutely vital.
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Concrete surfaces and stairways can sink for a number of reasons, and are a sign of serious issues at work in your home. Here’s what you need to know.
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If your home has a concrete slab foundation, it may be vulnerable to hydrostatic pressure. Watch for these signs to get ahead of foundation damage.
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Pits, flakes, and stains in your concrete are considered early signs of future water damage. Work with professionals to restore your concrete ASAP.
Concrete slabs exist in many areas around your eastern Colorado property – everywhere from the driveway and sidewalk to patios and pool decks, and even your garage floor and home’s foundation. If the soil underneath these concrete slabs is unstable and settles, the concrete will follow suit. Cracking and sinking concrete slabs are safety hazards that also impact your home’s appearance. While there are various repair options, there is one that stands the test of time – concrete lifting with PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections.
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The Causes of Concrete Problems
You may know some signs to look out for to tell if your concrete is damaged, but how does it fall into a sate of disrepair? Below are some reasons behind your property's concrete problems.
Whether it is from strong storms, wind, or the type of soil on your property, soil can wash out and erode from underneath concrete structures like your driveway, sidewalk, and even foundation. When this happens, the concrete is left without a sufficient support system, and it can begin to fail and show signs of damage in the form of cracks, sinking, unevenness, and other dangers.
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While concrete damage can be caused by a variety of things, most of them boil down to what is underneath the concrete – the soil. The soil acts as a foundation for the concrete, and when there is a problem with one, that means there is a problem with the other. Because soil is exposed to the elements, it can take on various damage. Soil tends to shrink when it is dry and become too compacted when there is too much weight placed upon it. Both of these instances can lead to soil settlement beneath the concrete.
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Concrete Lifting Solutions
Mudjacking or slabjacking and concrete replacement and repouring have traditionally been used to repair sunken concrete. But these are outdated, time-consuming, expensive methods that do not address the problems with the soil or voids under the concrete slabs. A modern, long-lasting solution offered by Complete Basement Systems is concrete lifting with PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections.
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Has the concrete surrounding your pool dipped or settled, creating a hazardous uneven surface? Is there a protruding concrete edge where one section of the slab has settled below another?
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With PolyRenewal™, we can quickly restore the appearance and safety of your concrete without the mess or cost of replacement or traditional mudjacking.
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If you have a concrete sidewalk that is cracked or uneven, it not only looks bad, but it can lead to a fall or serious injury.
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Do you have a concrete driveway that’s cracked, sunken and uneven? Complete Basement Systems can quickly and effectively repair your driveway by lifting the concrete, rather than tearing out and replacing it.
Is Concrete Lifting the Right Solution for Me?
Concrete slabs around your property can sink and crack for a variety of reasons, but it all boils down to what lies beneath – the soil. The unstable, expansive clay soil also containing Bentonite throughout Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, and surrounding areas can wreak havoc on concrete structures. Other local areas that may experience these issues include Westminster, Englewood, Douglas County, Henderson, Lakewood, Bennet, and Brush, CO. These areas are generally dry, and when the clay soil loses water and shrinks, it can leave voids between the top layer of soil and the concrete slab. This results in the slab sinking into the void, leaving uneven areas and cracks in its wake.
The vicious cycle is ongoing as the concrete continues to sink and crack, presenting unsightly tripping hazards. These uneven areas are an eyesore on your property, and they put the safety of anyone walking or driving over them at risk. To protect the stability and safety of your home and loved ones, it’s worth it to invest in a long-lasting concrete lifting and stabilization solution.
The most effective way to lift your concrete is with polyurethane injections. Our experts at Complete Basement Systems provide quick, precise repair with our PolyRenewal™ system that is less invasive than mudjacking and tackles the source of the problem so your concrete will be on stable ground once more.
PolyRenewal™ is cost-effective because it offers a solution that is long-lasting, unlike mudjacking and slab replacement. And your concrete will never cost less to repair than it does right now.
Traditional concrete lifting tactics, sometimes called “mudjacking,” are much less effective than polyurethane foam injections. These traditional tactics typically take multiple days to cure, may not fill the underside of the concrete entirely, and are extremely heavy. On the other hand, PolyRenewal™ is lightweight, accurate, and quick to cure.
Yes. PolyRenewal™ is made from an environmentally friendly material that is waterproof and won’t degrade over time. This means it won’t leach harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil.
There are several situations that you can use PolyRenewal™ for. When you’re having concrete slab issues, PolyRenewal™ could be a great option that helps you lift your concrete slab while also maintaining the function of your commercial area.
- Interior Slab Lifting
Are there concrete slabs in your commercial location that have dips and uneven elements? If so, you may want to look at interior slab lifting. This is extremely important because most businesses take even more pride in their interior than in their exterior. Interior slab lifting allows you to make sure the inside of your commercial location maintains the same beauty as the outside.
The process of interior slab lifting is something that you might need to seriously consider for your commercial area. Even if your uneven floors aren’t indicative of a foundation problem, they can be a huge tripping and falling hazard. It’s best to fix it as quickly as you can.
- Sidewalk Repair
The sidewalk around your commercial location may need repair at some point as well. Sidewalks sustain a lot of traffic, which means that they are likely to have some sort of sinking problems eventually. Sidewalk repair is a great way to utilize polyurethane foam injections, especially because you only have to reroute traffic from the sidewalk for a short time. If your commercial location has a driveway or a parking area, you might want to look into concrete driveway repair. Driveways can benefit tremendously from polyurethane foam injections. The strength of polyurethane foam injections and the fact that they set in such a short time make them extremely valuable to commercial locations.
No. PolyRenewal™ is a proprietary product available from Complete Basement Systems.
As the owner of a commercial area, you know better than anyone how important it is to think about your usage of different tools to maintain that area. Here’s how you can maximize the usage of polyurethane foam injections in your commercial location.
- Know Your Problem Areas
One of the most important things you need to do is know what’s going on in your commercial area in the first place. How are you supposed to know that you need PolyRenewal™ in your commercial area if you’ve never taken a close look at the concrete in the area? This is something you actively need to pay attention to.
Staying on the lookout for warning signs of concrete sinking is important. Especially if you have an expanse of concrete around your commercial area, it might be worth it to have someone go around the concrete once per week to look for sinking concrete slabs. That way, you’ll be able to catch any concrete problems like sinking early on.
- Get an Expert’s Help
Once you know you need help, talk to an expert about getting it. This isn’t something you can DIY or manage on your own. You must get a concrete repair expert out to your business to help you with your concrete lifting concerns. Otherwise, these concerns are just going to keep developing into something even more serious. There are many ways an expert may be able to help you with your concrete problems, whether you’re having them in a residential area or a commercial one. You can schedule an inspection with Complete Basement Systems for your commercial area to ensure that you’re able to lift the concrete you’re having a problem with.
PolyRenewal™ cures very quickly. In fact, you can drive your car over a driveway slab just 15 minutes after it’s been lifted with PolyRenewal™.
Contact us for a free inspection and estimate. One of our certified field inspectors will come to your home and inspect your concrete. He or she will then sit down with you and explain what caused your issues, how they can be fixed, and exactly what it will cost.
Why is Concrete Lifting Needed?
There are many ways the concrete structures around your home can benefit from concrete lifting and stabilization with PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections including:
Enhanced Value and Appearance
If you are selling your home, it is important to take the condition of the concrete in and around it into consideration. Cracking and uneven concrete makes your property look unkempt and unattractive to potential buyers. But a home that has had concrete lifting with PolyRenewal™ greatly improves its appearance and can boost a home’s value.
When concrete slabs are even and the overall surface is smooth, people will have an easier time getting around and not have to worry about tripping and falling over uneven concrete. This is especially important around concrete pool decks. Your vehicle will thank you, as well. If you continuously drive over uneven concrete in your driveway or on your garage floor, this could result in damage to various parts of your car.
Methods like mudjacking and repouring can fail within a few years, but PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections stand the test of time. The material is lightweight but incredibly durable. It is waterproof, will not wash out or leach any harmful chemicals into the soil, and it helps strengthen the underlying soil as well. This goes a long way in helping protect your concrete structures and lengthening their lifespan.
Common Concrete Tips & Mistakes
Helpful Concrete Repair Tips:
- Look for Other Concrete Problems: Exterior concrete is exposed to the elements 24/7/365. While concrete is generally strong, this can wreak havoc on its stability. It may not be cracking and sinking yet, but signs of other forces at work include pitting, flaking, and staining. If concrete around your home starts to develop craters, appears to flake off, and has rust or efflorescence stains, something is brewing under the surface that can undermine its integrity.
- Keep an Eye Out for Foundation Problems: Just as you should be aware of other concrete issues, it’s also important to check your home for signs of foundation damage. While they may always be directly linked, foundation and concrete damage can go hand in hand. This is especially true if your driveway or a patio directly touches your foundation. Heaving exterior concrete can push against your foundation and result in interior issues like wall cracks and bowing.
- Don’t DIY, Call an Expert Instead: Concrete lifting can be a delicate, difficult, and messy process. It requires certain tools and training, as well as precise calculations and installation. The PolyRenewal™ system is only available from our expert team at Complete Basement Systems, and we can quickly, safely, and effectively install it on your property to repair and protect your concrete.
Concrete Repair Mistakes to Avoid:
- Applying Concrete Patches: Patching up the concrete is a temporary solution at best, and it will not last long or get to the root of the problem. It also will not work well for areas like driveways that have significant concrete cracking and sinking.
- Investing in Mudjacking: Mudjacking can be a lengthy, costly, messy process. Large holes are drilled into the slabs so a mixture of concrete slurry can be pumped underneath. It takes a long time for the material to cure, and it doesn’t always lift the concrete back up. The weight of the material can perpetuate further sinking, and this project can end up being expensive.
- Removing Concrete and Replacing or Repouring It: Just as mudjacking or slabjacking are not the answer, neither is removing the concrete to repour it. The concrete will eventually sink as the underlying soil continues to settle. However, repouring concrete slabs may be the only repair option if large sections or significant damage has been done.
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Colorado Springs, CO
To maintain the security and longevity of your Colorado Springs home, cracking foundations and sagging crawl spaces must be repaired as soon as possible. Customizable, long-lasting solutions that will put your home back on firm ground are available from Complete Basement Systems.
It is likely that your home's foundation, basement, concrete, and crawl space will sustain damage if you reside in Denver’s dry environment with expansive clay.
Fort Collins, CO
Foundation and water damage can threaten your Fort Collins home if it is not properly protected. Complete Basement Systems has the best solutions to keep it dry and standing on solid ground for good.