Concrete is not a material that adapts very well to the ground around it. It is durable and rigid, which means, although it may be strong, it could be affected by the weak terrain around it. As soil is able to contract and expand, it can leave behind an unsupported area of concrete. With slabbing, this can lead to noticeable sinking. Aside from being a tripping hazard and unsightly in pathways, a sunken slab foundation will cause a direct concern to the structural safety of your home. If you notice any movement in your foundations, it is important that you source a fix right away. For that, you can count on Foundation Repair Bloomington, with our comprehensive concrete leveling service.
Concrete Leveling Process
To be able to rectify the damages done by concrete sinking, we take the approach of a slabjacking method. Also sometimes known as mudjacking, the process involves filling the space beneath the slab, with a specialized mixture. Essentially, your slab will be lifted up from beneath itself; gradually coming closer and closer to its level point. For the maximum success using this method, we assess your specific damages and tailor the precise measurements and volume of filler to use. This way, we are able to restore the slab back to its original positioning.
Concrete Slab Foundations
Concrete slabbing is a very common choice of material, for the construction of both residential and commercial foundations. They are spread out over a flat space of land, most commonly soil. For their shape and support, they rely on the ground beneath them. So, when that ground shifts and changes, the slabs can no longer hold their position. That is why they are so susceptible to sinking. In the state of Illinois, the changing of the weather conditions leads to constant expansion and shrinking in the ground, which ultimately leads to the slabs following in the same direction.
Driveway and Patio Leveling
Whilst we apply our specialties to leveling concrete slab foundations, we know that these are not the only areas affected. If you have a slabbed concrete driveway or patio, these too can succumb to sinking. You will clearly be able to notice if they have moved, as they will be sitting visibly lower than the rest of the installation. To avoid a tripping hazard and to make your property look better on the whole, you should get these leveled when you first see them. Applying the same approach as with your foundations, we will be able to lift your concrete surfaces and restore them to their original positioning.
Cause of Sinking
The cause of slab sinking is in the ground that supports it. With the more drastic changes in the seasons and weather, the moisture in the soil will change its properties. As it freezes and thaws, the ground contracts and expands with it. This means, that there is constant, seasonal movement happening below your slabs; unsurprisingly causing them to eventually experience some movement.