Understanding the Longevity of Concrete Leveling

Understanding the Longevity of Concrete Leveling

If you’re considering concrete repair, you want to ensure it lasts for a significant period. But just how long can concrete leveling maintain your sunken concrete in its rightful place? While nothing lasts forever, when executed correctly, concrete leveling can provide a remarkably durable solution. Let’s consult our experienced concrete leveling contractors:

A-1 Concrete Leveling Des Moines boasts over 18 years of experience in lifting uneven concrete slabs, and we’ve witnessed firsthand the remarkable durability and effectiveness of concrete leveling. In fact, most of our earliest projects are still standing strong!

While we offer warranties, the reality is that concrete leveling can endure far longer. As long as the soil or underlying sub-material remains stable, your leveled concrete will too. In essence, concrete leveling can last as long as the concrete itself.

In this article, we’ll delve into why concrete leveling can stand the test of time, the uncontrollable aspect of natural settling, and how you can prevent resettling after a slab has been lifted.

Why Concrete Leveling Can Last So Long

For most concrete leveling customers, the issue isn’t with the concrete itself but with the soil, backfill, or gravel beneath it. When these materials settle or erode, they take the concrete slab down with them. During a concrete leveling repair, we drill through the sunken concrete section and replace the settled or eroded soil or substrate material with our injected leveling compound. This material spreads out beneath the section, fills any voids, and raises the concrete back into place.

The key to the longevity and durability of concrete slabs and concrete leveling lies in the stability of the material underneath our injected compound. If this material has completed its settling process, our injected material won’t budge either.

Uncontrollable Natural Settling

One factor we cannot control is natural settling around newer concrete. Materials under newer concrete slabs or around new construction haven’t had sufficient time to settle naturally. Typically, it takes at some time for this natural settling to occur around your home.

Although natural settling is beyond control, other factors that affect concrete leveling’s longevity can be managed, such as water flow and animals.

Controllable Factors

Resettling, not caused by natural settling or soil compaction, can be controlled through regular maintenance and attention to the following factors:

Now, armed with a deeper understanding of the factors influencing concrete leveling’s durability, you can confidently embrace it as a valuable tool for achieving long-lasting, level concrete surfaces.

Trust our experienced concrete leveling contractors at A-1 Concrete Leveling Des Moines.

For more inquiries about our concrete leveling services, reach us at 515-403-7848.

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A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines shares the differences of mudjacking vs foam installation

A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines shares the differences of mudjacking vs foam installation

Most customers do not understand the occupational hazards of working with polyfoam safely. Polyurethane foam is a petroleum-based substance that can adhere to any material, even skin. Its main ingredients include known carcinogens and substances listed as toxic by the EPA, OSHA, NIST.

A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines values the health and safety of employees as much as the quality of customer experience. Relying on polyfoam as a solution creates great concerns for both the safety of the team, customers, and the quality of end result.

Choosing to avoid this toxic substance is a decision that A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines has made after years of experience.

Damage and Cleanup With Polyurethane Foam Installation

Polyfoam can permanently stain windows, siding, doors and effectively ruin the aesthetics of your garden or landscaping in an instant. With traditional mudjacking, A1 Concrete Leveling of Des Moines can guarantee that the cleanup will never become an issue that will cost you more money to correct after the project is completed.

When it comes to performing concrete leveling services for residential or commercial customers, the risks of using polyfoam simply outweigh the benefits and the quality of the end result when compared to traditional mudjacking.

Durability of traditional mudjacking vs. polyfoam

Did you know that traditional mudjacking simply lasts longer than polyfoam? Traditional mudjacking relies on the strength of grout made from crushed rock and limestone to level concrete slabs. It is stronger, more durable, and simply better at filling complex voids than polyfoam.

What happens to concrete if the soil fails?

If the soil below your slab fails, neither polyfoam nor traditional mudjacking can ensure your slab will remain level. However, traditional mudjacking will provide a more durable and long-lasting solution for leveling concrete.

Void filling properties of polyfoam vs. mudjacking

It has been determined that the void-filling properties of these foam products are more unpredictable than traditional mudjacking and not worth customers’ time or money.

The success of mudjacking is thanks to the consistency of the grout used to fill the voids. This grout flows better and more predictably than foam into underground voids and hardens quickly. With traditional mudjacking, your concrete may be ready that same day. Unfortunately, polyfoam cannot guarantee the same results.

Not only does polyfoam fail to effectively spread into complex voids, but it is also common for excess air in the pump to create further air channels throughout the foam before it hardens. These additional air channels weaken the integrity of the foam once it is cured, and can lead to further sinking or cracking of your concrete.