Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Jackie Jablecki
Springtime and warmer weather has us thinking about enjoying the outdoors. As the temperature rises so does our longing for grilling out on the patio, diving into the crystal clear waters of our swimming pool, and rocking the day away on the front porch. Springtime is also a time for gardening and landscaping. Fixing those unlevel and sinking concrete slabs will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your outdoor areas.
When concrete sinks it can cause a number of issues. Uneven pool decks, sidewalks, walkways and steps can cause tripping, sunken driveway slabs can make parking your car in the garage quite a challenge, and cracked concrete patios can be eye sores during your BBQs and cocktail parties.
Why does concrete sink? Because concrete is heavy! When the soils underneath a concrete slab are unable to support its weight, the slab will sink. If part of the concrete slab is supported by soils and other sections are not, the unsupported pieces may crack away from the other section and result in unlevel concrete.
What are the benefits of PolyLevel?
Strong but light. PolyLevel weighs only about 4lbs. per cubic ft., compared to 120lbs. per cubic ft. for standard fill material. PolyLevel’s light weight makes it useful where denser fill material might impose an undesirable load on weak soils. Despite its light weight, PolyLevel can support substantial loads; it typically provides greater lifting power than mudjacking.
Waterproof. Once cured, PolyLevel will not wash away. PolyLevel’s waterproofing properties can be beneficial in certain applications. Great to use poolside to correct that sinking slab next to the diving board! Check out more about our pool deck repair here.
Stable and inert. PolyLevel does not react with soil or moisture; it will not leach harmful chemicals into the soil. It makes it idea to use next to a body of water, demonstrated when when we filled a void under concrete walkway at Paradise Grill in Long Neck. Read more about that job on our blog, click here.
Quick curing. Downtime is minimized with PolyLevel concrete repair. Full loading of the foundation, roadway or other structural element can usually happen about 15 minutes after the material is injected. Did you know that we raised a portion of Route 1 in Dover?! It’s true, check out this video on our website that shows the power of PolyLevel. In no time we can have your patio level and ready for your next outdoor party or your driveway ready for you to park on.
Adjustable. Adjusting the density and expansive force of the 2-part foam affords a wide range of geotechnical uses. Lifting force can be adjusted by fine-tuning the chemical reaction that causes the foam to expand. An experienced applicator can factor not only the weight of the structural element but also soil characteristics and temperature and weather conditions. Special formulations are possible for applications where water must be displaced. The versatility of PolyLevel is part of what makes it so unique.
Noninvasive. PolyLevel injection equipment isn’t bulky, enabling applicators to access confined areas. When properly injected, PolyLevel is not as messy or disruptive as other slab and foundation-lifting techniques. You don’t have to worry about your landscaping, yard, or property getting destroyed or damaged, we take great pride in our work and respect your home, just as if it is ours.
DryZone is specially trained and certified to help with your concrete slab needs, everything from inspection to administering the PolyLevel. We also offer warranties against sinking after the work is completed and we never subcontract. You can trust that you are dealing with an expert. So during your spring cleaning and gardening, don't neglect to fix your sinking concrete.