Category Archives: Concrete Floor Repair
Not every concrete repair involves a call to your favorite contractor. Some concrete slab repairs can be done by yourself in an afternoon.
Identify the Damage
The most important part of taking care of concrete damage is determining what the problem is. There are three common types of concrete damage that you can probably take care of yourself.
Plastic-Shrinkage Cracks: These cracks can be found evenly distributed across the slab and usually run mid-depth into the concrete. They are short in comparison with other types of cracks. These cracks usually develop during the curing stage as the concrete surface dries quicker than the concrete underneath it.
Scaling: A concrete surface may be covered with small pockmarks. These blemishes can expose the aggregate underneath the surface.
Hairline Cracks: As their name implies, these cracks are very thin but don’t let that deceive you, the cracks can be very deep. These cracks can occur when the slab settles during curing. These cracks can get bigger, so you need to keep an eye on them.
When you are able to determine the type of damage your concrete has, you’ll know what you need to make the repair.
Get the Right Tools
Always follow the directions on the package for whatever product you use, but there are a few things that are pretty common when it comes to concrete repair. You’ll need a quality nylon brush to wipe area free of dust and debris. Don’t skimp on the brush, as this first step is also one of the most important ones to do correctly and thoroughly. You may also need a good hammer and chisel to remove any damaged or loose concrete around the area in question.
We recommend pressure washing the area before applying any products to the concrete, but you need to make sure that the concrete is completely dry. Even a little moisture can make a problem even worse than it was.
Depending on the type of product, you may need a putty knife or trowel to shape and smooth the material used to repair the concrete damage. In other instances, the product may be dispensed from a squeeze bottle or other method, so no additional tools may be required.
Choose the Right Product
There are a variety of products on the market and you really need to do your research to make sure that you have not only a quality product but the right one for your particular problem. If the cracks in your slab are between 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep, then you should use a trusted concrete crack filler. Make sure your product is able to be used either indoors or outdoors, depending on the location of the slab. The crack filler should protect the crack from water penetration, regardless of the location of the concrete. Water can be inside or outside.
If the crack is bigger than 1/2″ than you will probably want a cement patcher. This takes a little more time to set, but it is stronger and able to withstand more pressure than a filler.
If the repair isn’t done correctly or thoroughly, it may lead to larger problems. It doesn’t take a large crack for water to enter the slab and cause problems. Rain, snow, water from washing a car, or other sources can enter the crack and cause erosion. The water can also expand and contract with changes in temperature, making a crack even worse than it was. If you aren’t sure that you can do the job completely, you may be better calling on a professional like Polyjacking.com to make sure that the crack is taken care, in addition to whatever is causing the crack.
With all of the activity that takes place in warehouses, manufacturing plants, and other industrial buildings, it is easy to let the concrete floor to become damaged or worn out. There always seems to be something else that needs to be repaired or replaced, but if you let your commercial concrete floor problems grow, the time and money it will take to repair them will just get larger and larger.
Signs of Industrial Floor Repair Needs
There are some things that you can look for to decide if you need repairs done on the floor of your industrial facility.
Floor Cracks: Every concrete floor will develop cracks over the years and, in many cases, the cracks are harmless. There are some cracks that are structural in nature and those are the kinds that you need to pay attention to.
How can you tell if a crack in your concrete floor is cosmetic or structural? If the crack is wider than the thickness of a credit card or runs the length of the floor, there may be cause for concern. Also, if the crack is between two levels of the surface or the slab is tilted, you may have a concrete problem. There are some causes of these kinds of cracks. Either the slab has settled unevenly, or there is a void underneath the concrete. Regardless of the reason, it is important that you have a trusted professional repair contractor to inspect the concrete slab.
If the damage is caught early enough, a process like polyjacking or other slab lifting method could be used successfully. The concrete slab can be stabilized and the cracks filled, leaving you with a floor that is like new, preventing further damage from occurring.
Slab Deterioration: Because the slab is located inside a commercial facility, it is more likely to be subjected to heavy wear and tear. Forklifts and other machinery can wear off the top layer of the slab which is usually the hardest portion of the concrete. The softer part of the concrete will deteriorate quicker, causing more problems for the slab and for your employees to do their jobs.
It is important that the damage is stopped before it can become dangerous. The surface can be ground to a smooth surface and a penetrating sealer can be applied to harden the concrete. This new surface will allow your equipment to run along the surface safely.
Damaged Joints: If the joints in your slab were not filled with a flexible joint sealer, they will begin to chip and fail. The chips can begin to get big enough to jostle the forklift, the operator, and the load that they are carrying. This can cause injuries to the operator and other people around and also can damage products and equipment.
An experienced contractor should inspect the joints and determine the next course of action. This may involve rebuilding the joints and lifting the slabs to evenly match each other.
Industrial Floor Lifting
There are several methods of repairing a commercial concrete slab, but you will probably need something that won’t interfere too much with the daily operation of your facility. Some people think that you have to completely tear up the slab and start from scratch. Although this may be the best solution in some cases, many times you only need to lift the slab.
If you are looking for the most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sound method of slab repair, we strongly suggest using polyjacking. Polyurethane concrete lifting has been used extensively for over 30 years in all types of heavy-duty, real-world conditions and locations. The polyurethane foam can lift the slab to within a tenth of an inch of the desired height and will remain there. The structural integrity of the slab is maintained, through the use of smaller holes than a process like mudjacking would use.
The foam will seal the underside of the slab and fill in any voids located under the concrete. The foam is water-resistant, so it won’t wash away from erosion like the mud slurry in mudjacking.
You will be able to use the slab about 15 minutes after the foam is injected, unlike other methods that may take multiple days to set. By the time we have cleaned up and put the equipment away, you’ll be able to drive your equipment on the repaired slab.
Industrial Polyjacking in Kansas City and St. Louis
If you are looking for a reputable and reliable polyjacking contractor in Kansas or Missouri, contact the professionals at Polyjacking.com. We have experience leveling and undersealing concrete of all types: bridges, highways, runways, sidewalks, garage floors, warehouse floors, loading docks, and more.
Get in touch with us for a free quote and we’ll make sure that your industrial concrete floor is safe, stable, and secure.
When the ground under a concrete slab erodes, it can cause a lot of problems. Homes with basements usually have the most problems, but voids can impact driveways, patios, sidewalks, and more. The erosion causes air pockets or voids to develop under the concrete slab, taking support away from the surface.
Causes of Voids
There are several different reasons that a void can occur beneath your concrete. Most of the time, it isn’t due to erosion, but other factors. Some issues can happen quickly, while others can take years to cause problems.
Soil consolidation occurs over time. This occurs when loose soil under the concrete consolidates or sifts down. If the soil is not properly prepared by being tamped down, this can occur. When the soil consolidates, a void can form over time.
Settlement is a natural occurrence that happens over time. It can occur with new construction or with a property that is a hundred years old. It all depends on the type of soil and weather patterns. Heavy rains or flooding can cause the soil to settle faster than normal. If the settling soil is in a large enough area, it can allow erosion to occur. Settling soil sets the table for a problem, erosion just makes it worse.
If water doesn’t drain correctly or there is new landscaping or other additions to the property, erosion can start after years with no problems. The water will run freely, washing out the soil and creating a void under the concrete. The bigger the void, the more damage that can occur.
Solutions for Voids Under Your Concrete
You don’t have to tear up your concrete to fix the problem of having a void. The best solution is polyjacking. High-Density polyurethane foam is injected through small holes into the voids. The foam expands, filling the void and sealing any cracks on the underside of the slab. The foam will not wash away and the slab is usable shortly after the foam is injected. Mudjacking is an alternative, but the sand-based grout can be washed away or not fill the void and you’re back to square one.
You’ll still need to take care of drainage problems, as they will continue to cause problems for your home or business. Make sure that water is draining correctly and away from the foundation or concrete area. The polyurethane foam won’t wash away, but the surrounding soil can erode. Let a company like Pro Foundation Technology assist you with waterproofing services.
Protect your property from foundation damage, trip and fall hazards, and sunken concrete by making sure the water is draining from your property. If you already have problems, let an expert like those at Polyjacking.com help you restore your concrete slab to the necessary height.
Ice and cracks are not a good combination. If you have cracks in your concrete, they can let water in and if that water freezes, the crack will grow bigger. As we all know, a Kansas City winter can be a nightmare!
Ice Can Be Destructive to Concrete
When water turns to ice, it can expand almost 10% more in volume than its liquid amount. This is a small number in the big scheme of things, but even a small change in a crack can cause a big problem. The pressure behind expanding ice is very strong. According to chemical engineer Geoffrey Widdison, freezing water can theoretically exert around 30,000 psi! That amount of force can easily destroy concrete foundations and slabs. The cracks can spread and grow wider, causing a wide variety of structural problems. The problems can happen when your property experiences its first freeze-thaw cycle, getting worse with every cycle.
As stated earlier, this can impact both foundations or concrete slabs. Once water enters the crack, your home or business could have water in the basement or crawl space or it could enter the foundation walls. Water can also cause concrete shrinkage and other structural damage.
Ice Can Cause Concrete Problems
As much as some of us would like to stop winter from coming, it comes just the same. The winter weather in Kansas City can damage your concrete slab, foundation walls, and any other concrete surface you may have at your home or business. The surface of the concrete can be a victim of “mortar flaking“. This occurs when the top layer of the concrete peels or flakes off.
As we stated above, any previous cracks can get bigger and longer and new cracks may form. Cracked concrete loses a lot of its strength and can lead to foundation failure or trip hazards on concrete slabs.
Yet another problem is something called “popout”. Popout occurs when the water behind or underneath a concrete surface swells, pushing against the concrete. It can cause flaking, crumbling, and cracking. This can occur at any time of the year, but it is more prevalent in the winter months.
Tips For Keeping Your Concrete Safe
The best thing you can do to protect your concrete is to keep water from freezing on it or next to it, but that’s pretty difficult. Make sure that your home or business is ready for the winter weather. Downspouts and gutters should be clear and drain well away from the foundation, at least 10 feet or more. Clear snow and ice from around the foundation; melting snow can run down the foundation walls and cause problems.
Polyjacking.com can help you keep your concrete stable and safe. With Pro Foundation Technology behind us, we can offer waterproofing, concrete lifting, and more. We’ll keep your home or business safe, dry, and comfortable.
Get your Kansas City property ready before the winter really gets nasty, so you won’t have to worry about problems with your concrete and foundation. Contact Polyjacking.com now and let us help you get ready for a visit from Old Man Winter!
Trip and fall accidents are the #1 leading cause of injuries around the home, but should you replace your slab or have it lifted? Protecting your family, employees, and customers are all important, but you need to make an educated decision.
In the past, most people would just break up the old slab, level out the underlying soil and have new concrete poured in the same location. Today, polyjacking has become a much better option and has become more popular throughout the industry.
How Polyjacking Works
The polyjacking process is relatively simple and, though it doesn’t take long, it is extremely effective. The process uses little equipment, so you won’t have a bunch of trucks or other machines cluttering up your property. Small holes (5/8″) are drilled into the slab. The polyurethane foam is injected through the holes and expands under the slab, filling in voids, gaps, and cracks. The slab is raised to the required height and the foam seals the bottom of the slab, preventing more gaps and cracks from forming.
Once the slab is raised to the desired height, the holes are closed and the foam cures in about 15 minutes. Once the foam is hard, you can walk or drive on the slab, allowing everyone to get back to their normal day-to-day routine.
Benefits of Polyjacking vs New Concrete
We’ve told you about the process of polyjacking and some of the benefits, but what about replacing the slab with new concrete?
Some things to consider when thinking about new concrete:
- Concrete replacement can cost twice as much or more than polyjacking
- The new concrete is likely to have a different color than the existing slab
- The cause of the sinking slab may not be repaired
With polyjacking, there is little disturbance to your lawn and landscaping, whereas heavy equipment is needed to break up the old concrete and remove it. After the slab is removed, a mixer is brought in to pour the new slab, adding to the machinery required. Polyjacking just uses one truck or trailer to raise the slab.
If you are debating whether to go with polyjacking or pouring a new slab, contact Polyjacking.com to go over your options. We’ll be honest with you and show you the pros and cons of each method.
Have you noticed, especially after recent heavy rains, water ponding on your patio, driveway, or other concrete slabs? While there may be no visible cracks, somehow the concrete has settled or sunk, and water simply accumulates there, unable to run off. Besides being inconvenient and unsightly, it presents a safety hazard for your family and friends who walk across the concrete surface. The question is, “What should you do about it?”
Causes of Water Ponding
If there is no obvious crack or hole in the concrete which allows water to seep onto its surface, water ponding often is caused by incorrect grading of the concrete slab from the time it was poured. It is critical that the concrete is set up with a slight slope away from the house and foundation so that the water has an opportunity to run off into the yard, drain, or drainage ditch. If not, water will simply remain pooled on top of the concrete.
Frequently, natural settlement of the soil through the passage of time will cause the concrete to sink in such a way that water is unable to run off. For that reason, builders often recommend not building concrete patios until the soil around a new construction has had adequate time to settle.
Most often, water ponding is due to changes in the soil beneath the concrete slab. After cycles of wet and dry or freezing and thawing, the soil beneath the concrete may become unstable and develop pockets or holes. Eventually, the soil will not be able to support the concrete, and the concrete will actually sink into the holes beneath it. Naturally, after a heavy rain, water will pool into the lowest sections of the concrete.
Three Choices for Solving Water Ponding
There are basically three choices regarding what to do to repair a concrete slab that has water ponding. You can grind it, replace it, or raise it. The following information explains the three options along with their advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully, it will help you determine the best option for your sinking concrete.
Grinding involves milling off a portion of the good concrete slab so it matches the sunken slab. While it may eliminate a trip hazard, it does not solve the underlying problem and offers only a short-term solution.
The Truth about Grinding
While some companies are willing to grind off a layer of a good slab to fix a trip hazard, it doesn’t solve the underlying problem: what caused the slab to settle in the first place? Unfortunately, whatever caused the problem in the first place will simply return, usually within a year. If the company grinds the concrete a year later, the problem will simply occur the next year, and so on.
The bottom line is that grinding a good section of concrete never solves the root of the settling problem. It’s the underlying soil that caused the settling in the first place. After several years have gone by, the concrete will simply become too thin and crack, requiring the entire slab to be replaced. Besides paying for the annual grinding, the homeowner is now faced with the expensive option of replacing the concrete.
If you are extremely tight on funds, grinding could be a solution for you. Keep in mind that it is a short-term fix that eventually will require replacement of 2 or more concrete slabs.
Replacement involves tearing out the old concrete and building a new concrete slab in the same spot. It is very costly and disruptive and could lead to further problems in other parts of the structure.
The Truth about Concrete Replacement
Replacing a concrete slab is the most expensive method to eliminate a tripping hazard. Not only will you have the cost to tear out and remove the old concrete, but you will also need to pay for the grading, materials, and labor for the new slab.
Concrete replacement is also extremely disruptive. Besides creating loud noises with the jack-hammers, removing the old concrete creates a great deal of dust and mess. It also tears up the soil and landscaping surrounding the slab. Bringing in a cement truck to pour the concrete can also tear up the yard and make a mess. Also, it takes a long time for the concrete to cure before you can use it again.
Finally, concrete removal and replacement could damage other parts of the structure while the concrete slab is removed and the soil is disrupted. If they are not properly braced, adjacent decks, porches, crawl spaces, drainage systems, and the foundation itself could be damaged during the process, leading to an even greater expense.
Concrete Raising and Leveling
Concrete raising involves pumping either a concrete grout (mudjacking) or a polyurethane solution (polyjacking) through holes in the concrete slab to fill the voids underneath and raise the concrete.
The Truth about Concrete Raising and Leveling
Mudjacking lifts and raises concrete slabs by pumping sand-based grout beneath it. The force of the pump pushes the slab back into place. Unfortunately, it is very messy, takes a long time to dry, and isn’t a permanent solution because the conditions that caused the soil to shift under the slab still exist. It will only be a matter of time before the slab has slipped again.
Polyjacking, sometimes called foamjacking, lifts and levels slab foundations through injecting a high-density polyurethane foam beneath the slab through small holes drilled in the concrete. The foam expands and gently lifts the entire slab back into place.
Polyjacking has many advantages over mudjacking and other methods of concrete repair:
- It requires drilling only small holes
- The polyurethane solution is lighter than mud grout
- Polyurethane expands to fill in the holes and voids and stabilize the soil
- It takes much less time to apply and dry
- Polyurethane lasts a long time
- Polyurethane is waterproof and flexible during changes in the soil moisture or temperature
- Injecting beneath the slab does not disrupt surrounding structures, soil, utilities, or landscaping
- Poly foams are environmentally friendly, with up to 50% renewable and recycled materials
- Poly foams can be customized to each type of soil and conditions.
Initially, polyjacking is more expensive than either grinding or mudjacking. In the long-run, however, it is more cost-effective because it is extremely long-lasting and will not need to be redone in a year or two. Also, polyjacking not only stabilizes the soil, but it also strengthens it, so that the concrete is far less likely to crack or need to be replaced.
Contact Polyjacking.com to Eliminate Water Pooling
Polyjacking.com can raise your sunken slab to its proper level within an hour, allow you to use the slab almost immediately without waiting for concrete to cure, and provide a long-term solution to your problem. Contact us today for a free estimate!
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 internationally in order to cut costs. ECP has 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. ECP has 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 guarantees 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 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 structure in order to lift and stabilize the building. 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 that can be installed with portable equipment so that we won’t need to bring in heavy machinery or destroy your lawn and landscaping. Polyjacking.com can install these push piers any time of year so that we have the ability to 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 for 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 Anadarko Petroleum
Anadarko 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 (ORS), 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.com’s parent company, shares:
“[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 Polyurethanes, a Fort Worth, TX company. Polyjacking.com installs the polyurethane foam via the following procedure:
- Using radar equipment, find voids in the soil
- Drill small 5/8 inch holes into the concrete
- Use hoses to inject the TerraThane polymer
- Apply the right amount for lifting and leveling the concrete
- Complete 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 creates 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 Anadarko Petroleum hydraulic fracturing station, one of six located on the Wattenberg Gas Field, which is considered the ninth largest gas reserve in the entire United States.
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 a home or business has foundation problems. Contact Polyjacking.com if you see any of these warning signs.
If the basement floor is wet or the basement walls are leaking water, it is important to address the cracks. Sometimes these leaks are a sign of more serious problems to the foundation of the structure. Over time, the soil beneath the 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 the basement or inside the building are uneven, it is a sure sign there are 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 addressed as soon as possible. Some cracks can be filled before they develop too much water damage. If cracks are due to shifting of the soil underneath the foundation, the concrete slab may require additional lifting or leveling.
Cracks in Walls or Ceilings
Most buildings 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 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 is 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 it 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 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 of 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 something 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 look 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 an expert at diagnosing and repairing concrete structures and foundations. Call us today!