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Poor Yard Drainage Can Cause Problems

Poor Yard Drainage

poor yard drainage, surface water, poor yard drainage MOSometimes 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 foundations, including:

  • Mud in your lawn where children and pets cannot play
  • Potential lawn problems due to insects and fungi
  • Poor soil where many plants won’t thrive
  • Seepage into your home’s foundation and basement
  • Damage to the exterior and interior concrete surfaces

Causes for Poor Yard Drainage

Lawn drainage problems are common during spring. Following are some of the causes of poor drainage:

  • The 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

Draining Foundation WaterThe 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.

Historic Memorial Union Gets New Life with Polyurethane Foam

Memorial Union, Polyurethane Concrete LevelingWith its beautiful Gothic architecture and bell tower, the Memorial Union at the University of Missouri has unfortunately 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.

Determining a Solution for Memorial Union

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, which uses holes around 2-3″ in diameter, 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 foam fixed all soil issues without creating a burden on the soil. This makes polyurethane foam 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.

Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. – Our Parent Company

If you’re looking for a professional foundation repair company built on honesty, quality, and customer satisfaction, you’ve come to the right place! At Pro Foundation Technology, Inc., we care about our customers’ needs and concerns. We make sure the job is done right the first time, giving you peace of mind for many years to come.

Pro Foundation Technology, Inc., the parent company of Polyjacking.com, is a family-owned and operated foundation repair company that has been serving the Missouri and Kansas area since 1978. Dennis Morgan is the owner of Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. and the father of Joe Morgan, who owns Polyjacking.com. Both Joe and Dennis, as well as their employees, have the skills and experience to provide the best service for residents in their service area. This is why Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. is a preferred contractor on Angie’s List. Both companies are licensed, as well as insured, and offer financing options for customers.

Why is Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. the Leading Foundation Repair Company in the Kansas City Area?

Pro Foundation Technology Kansas CityHow can Pro Foundation Technology, Inc benefit you? First, Pro Foundation Technology uses foundation repair products by ECP that are made right here in the USA. Second, we provide free, detailed estimates so we can inspect your property and look for the source of foundation damage.

In addition, we offer more than just foundation repair solutions, we provide the following services:

  • Foundation Repair
    If you have foundation issues, we use the latest piers on the market to restore your foundation to normal. However, our services are not just limited to residential projects, we also serve commercial and municipal applications. We use steel push piers, helical piers, and helical tiebacks to stabilize foundations.
  • Basement Waterproofing
    We keep basements safe and dry with waterproofing solutions, such as interior/exterior waterproofing, sump pumps, French drain systems, and crawl space encapsulation.
  • Concrete Leveling
    To stabilize a sinking concrete slab, we use high-density polyurethane foam to lift sidewalks, driveways, and more. Compared to concrete replacement, concrete leveling is the most cost-effective and non-invasive alternative to providing a safe, sturdy surface. In addition to saving money, there is little downtime because your concrete will be ready to use within minutes after repairs are made.
  • Crawl Space Repair
    If your crawl space is suffering from moisture or water damage, we offer crawl space encapsulation and piers to eliminate further damage.

If you’re looking for quality craftsmanship from professionals, contact Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. or Polyjacking.com today. All of our work includes a “no-hassle” transferable warranty. Read our testimonials to get a reference list of satisfied customers.

How Excess Water Affects Your Concrete Slab

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

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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!

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Concrete Slab Problems

Concrete Slab Problems and Troubleshooting Tips

Concrete Slab Problems, concrete repair Kansas City, concrete repair St. LouisConcrete 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:

Shrinkage Cracking

  • 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 the drying and shrinking of the concrete surface. They develop in the first few hours after concrete the concrete is poured 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.

Dusting

  • grinding concrete for repairs in Kansas City and St. LouisCause: Dusting is chalking at the surface of the concrete slab and can be rubbed off with 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 the humid air on the cold concrete surface.
  • Solution: Grind or seal the concrete floor surface to remove the top few millimeters of the surface. Grinding and sealing the surface will also remove rough spots and any surface indentations from the concrete slab.

Scaling

  • 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 levels uneven concrete.

Serious Cracking

  • small concrete crack repair in the Missouri areaCause: 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 injected 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’ve 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

Commercial Floor Repair and Concrete Leveling

Commercial Floor Repair in St. Louis and Kansas CityCommercial floor repair can be done by the professionals at Polyjacking.com, a division of Pro Foundation Technology. Our team of professionals wants to assure our 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 we’re a member of the Home Builders Association. 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 or 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 results. Not only does the foam repel water, but 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 and the surrounding area.

Concrete Repair with Polyurethane Injection

Commercial Floor Concrete Repair in Kansas City and St. LouisWhen using polyurethane injection to repair your concrete, we use the right poly equipment and materials. The process is quite simple but effective.

  1. We drill a small hole in the damaged concrete slab.
  2. We inject polyurethane foam into the void underneath the slab. The concrete is raised as the foam expands and the slab is permanently stabilized.
  3. We fill the holes and clean up the worksite.
  4. The polyurethane foam hardens very quickly allowing the concrete surface to be ready for use in about 15 minutes.

Polyurethane foam 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.

Extreme Weather and the Effect On Your Concrete

Extreme Weather 

Extreme weather and concrete repair in the St. Louis and Kansas City areaResidents in Kansas City and the surrounding area are used to snowy and icy winters. But what is different in the past few years is the extent and number of icy, snowy storms that this area has endured. These long, extended periods of ice and snow will affect your concrete and in the spring, you may see the damage that the harsh winter has caused.

When water freezes, it expands, and, adding the constant freeze-thaw cycles with a lot of moisture, the potential for concrete damage increases. One of the effects that cause extreme weather conditions is D-cracking. D-cracks are closely spaced cracks along the joints of the concrete.

If you find concrete damage in the spring after the extreme weather of the winter months, contact Polyjacking.com. We have the products and experience to get your concrete repaired in Kansas City, MO.

Concrete Repair Solutions

concrete repair for Kansas City and St. LousiAfter the snow clears and you find that the extreme weather has caused concrete damage, Polyjacking.com can help get it back to its original level and looking like new again. The cost-effective method that we use for foundation repair is injecting polyurethane foam into the concrete to fill the voids and lift the concrete. Polyjacking is simple and less disruptive than replacing concrete. Polyurethane trucks and the right equipment are used for the installation process.

  1. A small hole is drilled into the affected concrete.
  2. Polyurethane foam is injected into the hole and it expands to 20 times its liquid volume to fill the voids beneath the concrete entirely.
  3. The fast curing time allows the concrete to be used about 15 minutes after the repair is done.
  4. The hole is filled and the site is cleaned up.

Polyjacking.com has been in business since 1978 and is a member of the Home Builders Association. Contact us for a free quote on any of your concrete repair needs in Kansas City, MO or the surrounding areas today!

How Does Winter Affect Concrete?

Winter in Kansas City

winter concrete repair in the St. Louis and Kansas City areaCold 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 breaks 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 of winter and the deicing products used. It is unsightly and can become a tripping hazard.

Concrete Repair

winter concrete repair and leveling Kansas City, concrete leveling St. Louis, concrete repair in Missouri and KansasIf 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.

Polyjacking is a relatively simple method

  1. A small 5/8″ hole is drilled into the affected concrete.
  2. Polyurethane foam is injected into the hole. As the foam expands to fill the entire void beneath the concrete, it raises the concrete.
  3. The hole is filled and the site is cleaned up.
  4. Due to the fast curing time of polyurethane foam, the concrete can be used about 15 minutes after application.
  5. 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 by the harsh winter months. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free estimate and inspection!

What Causes Voids in Kansas City and St. Louis?

Void & Concrete Repair

cause of voids in St. Louis and Kansas CityMost people think concrete repair is needed for mature, existing concrete structures caused by outside elements. However, concrete repair can also be needed for newer construction. If concrete is so widely used in the construction industry, why does it sometimes form voids under the surface and deteriorate so quickly? Unfortunately, this may be due to environmental causes or human error. Some environmental causes are problems created by:

  • Freezing and thawing conditions
  • Drought-like weather conditions
  • Chemical agents such as salts and moisture
  • Decaying organic materials
  • Shrink and swell cycles (excessive water)
  • Soil erosion
  • Hydrostatic pressure

Voids can also be caused by human error due to poorly compacted fill material, too much water added to concrete, inadequate concrete cover or structural overload. These conditions can weaken the concrete surface causing settlement, sinking, and shifting over time. The concrete may start to crumble, crack, flake, or chip.

Concrete Repair & Lifting

If you have cracking or uneven concrete, let our professionals inspect your concrete surface. Our company offers a variety of concrete repair solutions that will permanently lift and stabilize the slab by using polyurethane foam. We can repair settling concrete for any residential, industrial, and commercial project.

Residential Concrete Repair

filling voids with polyurethane foam in Kansas City and St. LouisFor residential projects, we can repair the following:

  • Garages
  • Driveways
  • Basement floors
  • Patios
  • Sidewalks

Commercial Concrete Repair

We offer commercial concrete repair for the following:

  • Public parking lots
  • Theatres
  • Sports arena
  • Apartment buildings
  • Shopping malls
  • Skyscrapers

commercial polyjackingIndustrial Concrete Repair

For industrial projects, we offer concrete repair for the following applications:

  • Heavy machinery stabilization
  • Bridge approach void filling
  • Highway leveling
  • Infrastructure
  • Sewer line
  • Road leveling

What Type of Concrete Repair Method is Used?

With polyjacking, we use high-density polyurethane foam to lift and stabilize the slab back to its original level without replacing the concrete. This process saves you time and money without excavating the work area. Polyurethane trucks and the right equipment are used for the installation process, which is relatively simple.

Polyurethane provides numerous advantages, that’s why it is highly used in the concrete repair industry. It is highly durable, accurate, efficient, and cost-effective. It prevents resettlement from occurring because it is lightweight and moisture resistant.

If you have voids under your concrete surface, give Polyjacking.com a call today. We are proud members of the community because we focus on integrity and putting our customer’s needs first.

What Can Be Polyjacked?

Polyjacking Concrete Repair in St. Louis and Kansas CityWhat is Polyjacking and Why is it Beneficial?

At Polyjacking.com, we use poly equipment and trucks to lift the concrete slab. Polyjacking is a process that requires raising the concrete slab by drilling holes through the top surface of the affected slab, then injecting high-density polyurethane foam into the holes to fill in voids and cracks.

There are many reasons why polyurethane is used as an alternative concrete repair method, but here are the most common reasons:

  • Smaller holes: With polyurethane foam, we can drill smaller holes (5/8″) into the concrete than other methods. Mudjacking requires larger holes (2-3″).
  • Lightweight material: Since polyurethane foam is lightweight compared to the mudjacking slurry, it doesn’t create pressure to underlying soils. The slurry used for mudjacking is heavy, causing resettlement over time.
  • Fewer holes: Polyurethane foam requires fewer holes which makes your concrete surface look cleaner afterward compared to traditional mudjacking.
  • Permanent repair: Polyjacking is a long-lasting repair method, not a temporary fix. It won’t lose density or erode like mudjacking. It cures within minutes, allowing you to use the concrete surface shortly after installation.

What Causes Concrete Settlement?

Polyjacking can be applied to sunken or settling concrete that needs to be realigned to its original position. The most common causes of settling concrete are due to the following soil-related issues:

  • Poor drainage
  • Soil erosion
  • Soil compaction
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Soil shrinkage

What Kind of Concrete Surfaces may Require Polyjacking?

Polyjacking can be applied to sidewalks, driveways, walkways, parking lots, patios, steps, garage floors, and basement floors.

Not only do we offer residential repair service, but we also provide commercial and industrial service to repair office floors, warehouses, sports arenas, libraries, and much more.

Why Choose Polyjacking Over Other Concrete Repair Methods?

Polyjacking offers the following benefits:

  • Durability
  • Maintains structural integrity
  • Moisture seal barrier
  • Fast curing time
  • No demolition or excavation
  • Drills smaller holes
  • Less noticeable
  • Contours to the shape and size of the voids
  • Minimal disruption
  • Maintains compressive strength
  • Eco-friendly
  • Extreme lifting capability
  • Prevents heaving
  • Seals joints and cracks
  • Erosion free

Why Should You Choose Polyjacking.com for Polyjacking Concrete Repair?

We offer free online quotes for every project in our service area. Our service area includes Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. We provide residential service for Kansas and Missouri only.

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