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Why Does Concrete Shift and Settle?

If your foundation is showing signs of cracks, uneven floors, and other failures, it is important to have them professionally repaired. Leaving such damage go unaddressed not only compromises the integrity of your property, but it also endangers you and your guests

Is your patio a tripping hazard and your driveway not much better? Concrete slab settlement is most common in stoops, patios, sidewalks, and driveways. Underlying soil issues are likely the culprit for your settling concrete.

There are several main causes for floor slab settlement:
Poor Soil Conditions: Clay soil is at the heart of many of these issues. When the soil dries and shrinks, gaps form between the slab and the soil creating a void. This void makes it impossible for the soil to support the floor slab, causing the floor to crack and sink.

Poor Drainage: Washout is often caused by plumbing leaks. If the leak is severe enough and there is a path for the water to flow freely it can wash out the soil underneath the slab.

Poor Compaction: Many homes are built on backfilled soils, but if it is not compacted correctly, the backfill will begin to compress and settle over time. This slow process will result in uneven compaction. This creates a void under the slab that over time will settle.

Enjoy your outdoor patio, pool deck, and sidewalks this summer without annoying and often dangerous cracks and settlement.  Contact us today to schedule concrete services in Illinois with our expertly trained team.

Concrete Raising vs. Concrete Replacing

We’re hard-wired to believe new is best, but when it comes to sinking slabs of concrete, raising is actually preferred. Assuming the driveway, patio, or front porch concrete isn’t majorly damaged, the offending concrete simply needs a boost back to its original spot.

Concrete can settle for a variety of reasons. Poor soil conditions, improper compaction, tree roots and poor drainage will allow your concrete slabs to settle and not be as even as they were initially. Concrete raising, also known as slabjacking or leveling, through the lifting process, returns the slab to an even and stable position.

Still unsure why you should raise instead of replace sagging concrete? Take these points into consideration when making your decision.

Less Cost & Labor Intensive: Concrete slab replacement costs two to three times more than concrete raising. And, since replacing the slab doesn’t stabilize the soil foundation the way raising does, you may find yourself faced with a cracked or unsettled slab again in the future. Concrete raising lowers your overall costs, sometimes by up to 50% than replacing the same concrete slabs, and is exponentially quicker.

Fast & Easy: Removing a slab and replacing it with a new one creates a lot of noise, dust and dirt. Concrete raising, however, is a much cleaner process that leaves no waste behind. It is also faster and more convenient than replacement too, with most projects taking between 1-3 hours. After the work is completed, the area is ready for use.

To learn more about concrete services in Illinois contact the team at A-Proseal. We’ll discuss your driveway, sidewalk, porch, pool deck, or patio concerns and schedule your Polyurethane concrete raising service appointment.