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Concrete Leveling and Lifting with Earth Contact Products
Polyjacking.com, a division of Pro Foundation Technology, specializes in lifting and leveling concrete foundations and slabs. One common technique in foundation repair is to utilize piers to lift and stabilize a damaged foundation. Because we want the repair to be permanent, we use only the highest-quality foundation piers in the industry, those manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP).
ECP is the undisputed highest-quality manufacturer of foundation repair and related products in the United States. In addition, their products are offered at competitive prices and have a 25-year warranty.
Why Earth Contact Products are the Best
Earth Contact Products (ECP), founded in 1998 in Olathe, Kansas, has a very simple mission – “To be the very best manufacturer in our industry by providing quality products and services in a timely manner at a competitive price.” Following are some of the reasons why ECP products are considered the best foundation repair products in the industry.
All ECP products are “Made in the USA” with American materials and labor. Some companies use materials and products manufactured offshore in order to cut costs. They have often found that cutting costs means compromising quality. All of ECP’s products are manufactured right here in Kansas because they have found it’s the best way to assure they use the highest quality materials and labor in their manufactured products.
ECP maintains a close relationship with its foundation repair customers in order to understand their needs and ways to improve their products. The ECP Engineering Department is constantly working to provide innovation in its products and how they are manufactured and have been awarded patents and trademarks on more than 18 items.
ECP maintains a large inventory of foundation repair products to meet the requirements of each project and guarantee fast delivery. If a special part is required, they also manufacture custom-made products upon request.
Outstanding Customer Service
ECP understands that Polyjacking.com and their other professional foundation repair customers rely upon their their products and services in order to provide end customers high-quality and long-lasting repairs. They have a reputation for providing equipment in a timely manner and being responsive to unique situations.
ECP stands firmly behind the quality of their products, and they all have a 25-year warranty against defects.
ECP Piers for Foundation Repairs
ECP is one of the largest manufacturers of piers for foundation repairs. They produce basically two types of piers, steel push piers and helical piers. Both kinds of piers are driven into the ground and anchored to your home in order to lift and stabilize the structure. Because both the products and installation are the highest quality, this type of repair is permanent. You won’t need to call us back in a year to redo the work on your home’s foundation.
Push piers are hydraulically driven through ECP’s patented steel brackets until they reach load-bearing rocks or soil. They have an unlimited structure lifting capability can be installed with portable equipment, so that we won’t need to bring in heavy machinery or tear up your landscape. Polyjacking.com can install these push piers any time of year so that you have the ability to can respond quickly as soon as you need to do the repair. Another advantage of push piers is that they can be installed from either the inside or outside the structure, depending on the circumstances.
Like push piers, ECP’s helical piers are hydraulically installed and anchored to a steel bracket. Unlike push piers, helical piers are screwed into the ground while the plates pull the support rod into the ground. Before work is begun, installers will predetermine the torque required to support the weight of the structure. Helical piers are ideal for lighter weight applications, such as decks and porches. They are also very quick and easy to install.
ECP CUSTOM SOLUTIONS
ECP’s complete line of products offers optimal solutions to residential, commercial or industrial deep foundation problems. They have over 95,000 square feet in their manufacturing facility, including robotic welding, computer numerical control (CNC) capabilities, and certified welders. They have the capability to create custom-made products for specific foundation repairs.
ECP maintains a national network of foundation repair contractors with the knowledge, training, and experience to do foundation underpinning according to your local building codes. Customers can call from anywhere in the country and be referred to a local ECP foundation repair professional.
POLYJACKING.COM IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH ECP
When you contact Polyjacking.com for foundation lifting and leveling, you can count on the fact that we use only the finest ECP products for your foundation repairs. For further information, contact us today for a free estimate!
Polyjacking Helps Anadarkio Petroleum
Anadarkio Petroleum operates six hydraulic fracturing stations on the Wattenberg Gas Field located beneath the states of Colorado and Wyoming. When an inlet pipe broke recently at its station just north of Denver, CO, injection fluid drained beneath the concrete slab at the station. This caused 3 to 5 inch voids to form under the concrete floor which left the concrete floor unlevel. The general contractor of their onsite service company, Open Range Services, knew he needed to find an efficient and effective solution for lifting and leveling the sinking concrete slab.
Why Mudjacking Wasn’t a Good Option
At first, the head of Open Range Services considered using the “tried and true” method of concrete leveling, mudjacking. Mudjacking forces a mixture of concrete and other aggregates beneath concrete slabs in order to lift and level them. After some consideration, he found that mudjacking would not only be too expensive but that it would take a lot longer to apply. In addition ORS would have the added cost of removing and replacing the entire slab instead of simply repairing it.
Why Polyjacking Is Best for Concrete Leveling
When ORS contacted Polyjacking.com about their concrete leveling process, it soon became clear that polyjacking was a superior solution for their situation. Steve Walker, general foreman for Pro Foundation Technology, Polyjacking’s parent company, shares:
“It’s [polyjacking is] a far superior method. Mudjacking means you drill large holes in the slab, mix the mud or grout onsite, and pump it using large hoses into the holes in the slab. It’s dirty, invasive, and time consuming. Geotechnical polyurethane foam is much lighter- four pounds per cubic yard, versus 120 pounds or more using mud – simpler, cleaner to use, and much less expensive. We pump a two part liquid system from a truck or pull behind rig through a narrow hose into a gun used to inject the unique geotechnical foam beneath the slab to fill any and all voids. The foam expands, completely fills the empty space, raises the slab to level, then cures in place to become highly durable and [help] prevent further erosion at that site.”
Polyjacking is Easier and Faster to Install
Polyjacking.com uses a compound called TerraThane to inject beneath concrete slabs for lifting and leveling. TerraThane is manufactured by NCFI Polyuethanes, a Fort Worth, TX company. Polyjacking.com installs the polyurethane via the following procedure:
- Using radar equipment to find voids in the soil
- Drilling small 5/8 inch holes into the concrete
- Using hoses to inject the TerraThane polymer
- Applying the right amount for lifting and leveling the concrete
- Doing appropriate clean up (which is always minimal)
The complete process usually takes less than seven hours. Mudjacking, on the other hand, may require weeks or months to complete and create a huge mess. For additional information on mudjacking vs. polyjacking, click here.
Open Range Services is Pleased with the Results
According to Steve Walker, Open Range Services, was very satisfied with the final results, “They said they knew who to call if it happened again.” Things are running smoothly again at this particular Anadarkio Petroleum hydraulic fracturing station, one of six located on the Wattenberg Gas Field, which is considered the ninth largest gas reserve in the entire US.
Polyjacking.com Serves Commercial Customers Nationwide
Polyjacking.com has a nationwide reputation for its top-quality polyjacking products and services. They actually coined the term, “polyjacking”. It is a division of Pro Foundation Technology, a leading concrete repair company based in Kansas City, MO.
To learn more about Polyjacking.com’s concrete lifting and leveling services, contact us today!
Top 8 Warning Signs of Foundation Problems
It is very common for homes to develop foundation issues at some point in their life. Right after construction, all homes have some degree of natural settling. Eventually water leaks, changes in soil, hydrostatic pressure, and many other factors contribute to foundation problems. Following is a list of the top 8 warning signs that your home or a home you are about to purchase has foundation problems. Contact Polyjacking.com if you see any of these warning signs.
If your basement floor is wet or your basement walls are leaking water, it is important to address the cracks. Sometimes these leaks are a sign of more serious problems to your homes foundation. Over time, the soil beneath your foundation may settle and cause the foundation itself to sink or shift. Too much change may lead to severe cracks, water damage, and foundation failure.
Uneven or Sloping Floors
If the floors in your basement or inside your home are uneven, it is a sure sign you have foundation problems. It is likely that some portion of the foundation floor has sunk deeper into the soil or that a foundation wall is leaning or bowing. These are both serious issues that require foundation repair.
Cracks in Floors
It is not uncommon for floors to develop small cracks shortly after construction due to natural settling. Cracks which continue to expand or leak water should be address as soon as possible. Some cracks can be filled before they develop too much water damage. If cracks are due to shifting the soil underneath the foundation, the concrete slab may require additional lifting or leveling.
Cracks in Walls or Ceilings
Most homes will develop small cracks in the walls after construction due to natural settling. If cracks continue to become larger or leak, they should be filled before further problems develop. If cracks are horizontal, stair-stepping, or widening quickly, it may be a sign of that the foundation needs to be repaired or replaced.
Bowing or Bulging Walls
Some soils, especially clay soils, have a tendency to expand and contract depending upon moisture content. If foundation walls are leaning, bowing or bulging, that is a sure sign that there is too much hydrostatic pressure from the exterior soil. This a certain sign that the foundation needs some sort of reinforcement before it fails.
Sticky Doors and Windows
When doors and windows don’t open or close properly, it is usually due to a shift in the frame and surrounding wall or floor. Usually you will find that there are cracks in the caulking area around the frame that may get wider or spread. This is a certain sign that the foundation is settling or sinking unevenly and should be repaired before it gets worse.
Gaps in Doors, Windows and Garage Doors
Gaps around doors, windows and garage doors also indicate foundation issues. They are caused when the foundation floor begins to sink or become uneven or when the walls themselves begin to lean or rotate. Besides the fact that you don’t want cold or hot air leaking through gaps, it is an indicator that the foundation should be checked and repaired.
When your outside chimney is leaning, that is a certain sign of a foundation problem. Most likely the soil beneath the chimney is not supporting the chimney uniformly causing is to lean. This indicates that the foundation beneath the chimney needs additional support or repair.
What if you have warning signs?
If you have one or more of the above 8 warning signs of foundation problems, it is important that you contact a foundation repair specialist immediately. Many of these problems are caused by a settling or sinking foundation. Polyjacking.com is the area specialist in lifting and leveling concrete foundations. Contact us for a free consultation and estimate for repair your problem foundation.
Signs of Home and Foundation Damage
As a homeowner in Kansas or Missouri, it is critical to the life of your home that you regularly inspect your home and foundation. Damage to your home’s structure or foundation can appear at any time of the year, but Spring is when signs are most noticeable. In case you’re not sure what to look for, try following this Spring Home and Foundation Repair Checklist.
Spring Home and Foundation Repair Checklist
- Plumbing damage – Moisture is the biggest threat to the stability of your foundation. It’s a good idea for you or a plumbing professional to inspect your plumbing system for leaky or loose fitting pipes to make sure that there is no excess moisture damaging your foundation.
- Foundation damage – Look at the foundation itself. Have there been any changes? Are there signs of shifting, cracking or discoloration? If anything doesn’t seem right, call a foundation repair professional to inspect it for you.
- Cracked floors or walls – Take a tour of the rooms in your home and looked for new or widening cracks in the floors or walls. These are visual signs that your foundation may be shifting.
- Roof leaks – Hire a roofing contractor to regularly inspect your roof for leaks or other conditions that may trap or release any excess moisture into your structure.
- Mustiness or bugs in the basement – Inspect your basement. If there are bugs or a musty smell in your basement, these could indicate a moisture problem or foundation damage. Insects, including termites and earwigs, thrive in a moist environment.
Solving Foundation Problems
If you suspect plumbing, interior, roof or basement issues, you’ll need a professional to inspect and provide a solution to these problems. For cracks, tilting or other common concrete problems on your patio, sidewalk, driveway or foundation, Polyjacking.com is expert at diagnosing and repairing concrete structures and foundations. Call us today!
Poor Yard Drainage
Sometimes yards, driveways and sidewalks in Kansas and Missouri can be flooded during March and April. Melting snow and springtime rains can lead to excess water and slow runoff. Poor yard drainage may cause many problems in your lawn, gardens, external concrete walkways and foundation, including:
- Mud in your lawn where children and pets cannot play
- Potential lawn problems due to insects and fungus
- Poor soil where many plants won’t thrive
- Seepage into your home’s foundation and basement
- Damage to exterior and interior concrete surfaces
Causes for Poor Yard Drainage
Lawn drainage problems are common during spring. Following are some of the causes for poor drainage:
- Wrong slope of the land where water travels to the lowest spot
- Type of soil which may or may not hold or drain water quickly
- Paved areas, driveways, sidewalks or patios which spill water onto your lawn
- Sprinkler systems which may be leaking or running too frequently
- Neighboring yards which may slope onto yours
Solutions for Poor Yard Drainage
The solution to a yard drainage problem depends upon the underlying cause. The most important aspect of any solution for poor lawn drainage is simply finding an alternative place for excess water to go:
- Installing drains in low areas
- Digging trenches to catch standing water
- Installing pipes to route the excess
- Creating a soakaway, an area filled with rocks to absorb excess water
- Repair, seal or level concrete floors and surfaces
When to Call an Expert
Whatever your drainage problems, it is often useful to call in an expert to diagnose and solve your water issues. If you have poor drainage from concrete surfaces or other issues with your concrete patio, driveway, sidewalks or foundations, Polyjacking.com is the Kansas and Missouri expert at concrete leveling and repair. Call our experts anytime you need foundation leveling or repair.
With its beautiful Gothic architecture and bell tower, the Memorial Union at the University of Missouri has been slowly deteriorating. This iconic building was built to honor the 117 Mizzou alumni who died in WWI. Due to soil erosion and severe dry conditions, voids and cavities formed beneath the surface. In turn, this caused the concrete slab to become uneven, becoming a significant threat to everything in its path.
A team of engineers, with structural design and environmental engineering experience, inspected the damage. They came to the conclusion that polyurethane foam would be more effective as opposed to using mudjacking. NCFI’s TerraThane Geotech foam system, the best in the spray foam industry, was used to repair the settlement. The area consisted of 1,200 sq. ft under the offices of the buildings and 1,500 lbs of TerraThane was injected into the surface. Unlike mudjacking, 5/8 inch holes were drilled into the surface without creating a mess. The process was quick, easy, effective, and didn’t require the building to be shut down during repairs. All of these factors played a major role in choosing polyurethane foam over traditional methods. Polyurethane fixed all soil issues without creating a burden onto the soil. This makes polyurethane a permanent solution for concrete leveling.
In conclusion, TerraThane costs 60% less than concrete replacement so it was the best choice for concrete leveling. Mark Whitehead, an experienced engineer, commented that “polyurethane played a major role in saving a building so important to the hundreds of thousands of Mizzou alums and future Tigers.”
Read more about the Historic Memorial Union project.
Most people don’t think their concrete slab can be repaired. And others do not want to make the necessary repairs. In reality, concrete is another maintenance project because it is susceptible to damage, especially when exposed to standing water. Every year, homes and buildings experience concrete slab damage due to heavy rainwater and flooding in the Kansas City area. Such situations can have damaging effects on sidewalks, driveways, patios, walkways, concrete floors, and concrete foundations. The good news, however, is that concrete can be repaired. At Polyjacking.com, we make sound decisions and recommendations to solve your concrete slab problems caused by excess water.
Types of Concrete Slab Problems
Concrete slabs are very porous. This means standing water can easily fill in pores on the surface and eventually break down the concrete. As a result, the concrete may crack, move or even settle.
If you suspect concrete slab damage, inspect the surface and look for the following:
- Concrete cracks – Clay soil expands when wet, and contracts as it dries out. This constant fluctuation, causes voids and holes under the concrete slab. As a result, the concrete surface sinks and forms cracks.
- Uneven concrete or holes in the concrete – Concrete that is exposed to too much water, harsh weather elements, and other issues can cause soil expansion and movement under the surface. This creates uneven concrete, as well as holes in the surface.
Concrete Leveling Services
At Polyjacking.com, we provide repair services for your cracked and uneven concrete by injecting polyurethane beneath the concrete slab. Once injected underneath the slab, it fills in voids and raises slab to its desired level. It also seals cracks and joints underneath the slab, while stabilizing the soil to prevent future settlement.
If you have damaged concrete slabs on your property, contact our concrete repair specialist today. We use the latest concrete repair methods to restore your concrete. For concrete repair services in Kansas City, St. Louis, and the surrounding area, contact us today!
Concrete Slab Problems and Troubleshooting Tips
Concrete slab problems are a common occurrence in basement floors, garage floors, and other concrete surfaces. They go ignored for years until the surface gets worse. Without necessary repairs, cracks may spread and get larger allowing water to seep through the surface. If you know what to look for, most concrete slab problems can be easily identified. Some common slab problems include the following:
- Cause: Plastic shrinkage cracks are very thin cracks that do not affect the condition of the slab. They are usually a cosmetic issue caused by drying and shrinking of the concrete surface. They develop in the first few hours after concrete replacement and before the job is complete. This usually occurs when the concrete is still plastic and shrinks due to rapid moisture loss.
- Solution: There is no easy fix, but plastic shrinkage cracks can be prevented. Make sure the surface does not dry too quickly. Also, use lower water content mixes to prevent too much shrinking.
- Cause: Dusting is chalking at the surface of the concrete slab and can be rubbed off onto your finger. It can be easily damaged by traffic use or with a stiff bristle broom. Dusting can be caused by finishing, floating or troweling of condensation moisture from humid air on cold concrete.
- Solution: Grind or seal the concrete floor surface to remove the top few millimeters of the surface. It will also remove rough spots and any surface indentations from the concrete slab.
- Cause: When looking for scaling, look for loss of mortar. Scaling is caused by deicing salts, freezing and thawing cycles, hard troweling, improper curing or low air content in the concrete mix.
- Solution: It can be prevented by providing a good air void system and making sure salts do not get on the surface until the concrete has dried for at least 30 days. Scaling can also be fixed with concrete grinding. This method removes the top layer of the surface and level uneven concrete.
- Cause: Serious cracking in a concrete slab is an indication of excess water and soil settlement beneath the concrete slab. These cracks are far more serious than surface shrinkage cracks and could lead to the foundation slipping or becoming uneven.
- Solution: These can be fixed temporarily with polyurethane injections directly into the crack. For permanent repair, it is better to inject a polyurethane foam beneath the entire surface to not only fill in cracks but stabilize the soil and fill in voids.
Sinking or Settling
- Cause: By the time your concrete slab has started sinking, settling, or becoming uneven, it is a certain sign that the soil beneath the concrete has settled or developed voids in it.
- Solution: The best long-term solution is polyjacking, which lifts and levels the concrete and has other benefits.
Why Choose Polyjacking for Concrete Slab Repairs?
If your concrete slab has severe cracks or is sinking, settling, or shifting, Polyjacking.com can provide the best long-term solution for concrete repair, polyjacking. We perfected the polyjacking method and actually developed the term. Polyjacking is a process of injecting polyurethane foam beneath a concrete surface to lift, level, and stabilize the concrete slab. In addition to leveling it, the process also seals cracks, fills voids, and reinforces the soil beneath the concrete. It takes only minutes to complete and prevents any further problems for years to come. We’ve won Angie’s List Super Service Award and other awards for our outstanding customer service. Contact us today for a free estimate!
Commercial Floor Repair and Concrete Leveling
Commercial floor repair can be done by the professionals at Polyjacking.com, a division of Pro Foundation Technology. Our team of professionals wants to assure their clients that the job will be done right the first time and that your floors will be ready for flooring installation. We have been serving our clients since 1978 and been a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Home Builders Associations. We continue to offer our services in Colorado, Iowa, Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
We fix settling concrete beneath pavement for apartment buildings, shopping malls, parking lots, skyscrapers, sports arena, concert halls, libraries, and more. Repairing these damages will increase the value of your property and save you money in the long run. Our team of professionals will assess your concrete problems and provide a free price quote.
At Polyjacking.com, we use high-density polyurethane concrete leveling, also known as polyjacking and foam jacking. It is the best concrete leveling solution in today’s market. Polyurethane offers many benefits. It is cost effective, environmentally friendly, and energy efficient. This technique has been used for over 30 years on highways providing excellent coverage. Not only does it repel water, it also sub-seals floors. If you have uneven concrete, let Polyjacking.com inspect your concrete to determine if you need polyurethane concrete leveling in Kansas City.
Concrete Repair with Polyurethane Injection
When using polyurethane injection to repair your concrete, we use the right poly equipment and materials. The process is quite simple, but effective.
- We drill a small hole in the damaged concrete slab.
- We inject polyurethane foam into the void underneath the slab. The concrete is raised back as it expands and permanently stabilized.
- We fill the holes and clean up the work site.
- The polyurethane hardens very quickly allowing the concrete surface to be ready for use.
Polyurethane eliminates any erosion issues because it is water resistant. It offers the following advantages:
- By creating its own hydraulic lift, we can control the lifting process.
- It contours to the size and shape of the area providing 100% coverage.
- It is more economical than other concrete leveling methods.
- Polyurethane is a seal barrier that guards against water and moisture.
- It improves the structure of the concrete pavement.
For Concrete Leveling, Contact Polyjacking.com
Polyjacking.com was one of the first companies to use this new polyjacking technology to replace the now outdated mudjacking technology in concrete repair. As a matter of fact, we created the term for the process of polyurethane injections. Contact us today for more information.
Winter in Kansas City
Cold weather can cause many issues for the concrete surrounding your home or business in Kansas City and St. Louis. When water freezes it expands and produces pressure in the pores of the concrete. If this pressure exceeds the tensile strength of the concrete, the concrete will rupture. The effects of the freeze-thaw cycles will cause scaling, cracking and crumbling of the concrete.
The deicing chemicals used on concrete throughout the winter causes concrete scaling. This is the loss of surface mortar on the concrete. The signs of concrete scaling are easy to see. The concrete becomes rough and flaky and may also pit. In some cases, the concrete becomes loose and break off in chunks.
Concrete cracking is the result of freeze-thaw deterioration of the aggregate within the concrete. Water gets into the cracks and accumulates. Then with the freeze-thaw cycles, the cracks will form at the bottom of the concrete and progress upward.
Crumbling concrete is also the result of the freeze-thaw cycles or winter and the deicing products used. It is unsightly and can become a tripping hazard.
If the winter weather takes a toll on your concrete, the experts at Polyjacking.com has the right poly equipment to get your concrete looking like new again. We use a high-density polyurethane foam that is injected into the concrete. This is a relatively simple method.
- A small 5/8″ hole is drilled into the effected concrete.
- Polyurethane foam is injected into the hole. As the foam expands to fill the entire void beneath the concrete, it raises the concrete.
- The hole is filled and the site is cleaned up.
- Due to the fast curing time of polyurethane foam, the concrete can be used immediately.
- Polyjacking also fills in cracks and gaps and stabilizes the soil beneath the concrete slab.
Polyjacking.com can inspect your concrete and offer you solutions for preventing concrete damage before winter sets in or repair your concrete that has been damaged from the harsh winter months. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free estimate and inspection!