The concrete in your driveway, walkways, patios and garage could move with the ground. Freezing and thawing as well as high moisture or clay content in the soil could cause the ground to move and your concrete to sink. Also, if concrete is poured over areas where soil was disturbed during construction it could eventually settle and sink.
You can restore your sunken concrete with concrete leveling services offered by concrete repair, sealing and restoration companies in Edmonton. Concrete leveling has many benefits, the most advantageous being that it can be done for fraction of the cost of a concrete replacement. Since you don’t have to demolish, remove and replace your old concrete it can also be done in a fraction of the time.
The Process of Concrete Leveling
Concrete leveling, also known as mudjacking, is the process of lifting a sunken slab of concrete by pumping a product called ‘fillcrete’ through the concrete, effectively pushing it up from the ground below. Fillcrete is a sand soil and cement mixture which is essential to the material’s density and strength.
A concrete contractor in Edmonton will first drill 1 ¼ inch holes in your concrete to pump the fillcrete through. Afterwards they will patch the holes with a mortar repair which provides a more consistent finish than patching with concrete. This will only take 20 minutes to harden and you can drive on your driveway almost immediately after the job is complete. It is recommended that you don’t park on your driveway for at least 48 hours after the job is completed.
The fillcrete will not break down over time unless it is exposed to water, which is why proper drainage of your property is important. It will also help stabilize the soil base. Unless the base is extremely unstable to begin with, your concrete will not sink again.
It is very rare, but poor concrete quality, improperly placed rebar or an absence of reinforcement within your current concrete could cause the concrete to crack during mudjacking. The experienced and skilled concrete repair company will take every precaution during the lifting process to minimize the possibility of cracking.
What kind of concrete surface can be leveled?
Most contractors offer concrete leveling for any concrete surface including:
– shipping Docks
– garage floors