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PolyLevel for Sinking Concrete

Why Should I Fix My Home’s Concrete?
With warm weather here and more people spending time outdoors, it’s important to address any trip hazards with your sidewalks, driveways and other concrete slabs. Your fabulous 4th is meant to be spent enjoying BBQ and fireworks -NOT a trip to the Emergency Room!

Fixing and protecting concrete may be the last thing on a homeowner’s mind but it is literally your home’s foundation! Concrete issues impact the safety of your home and its surroundings as well as your home’s value.

Concrete slabs are found in a number of areas of your home, including:

  • Sidewalks
  • Driveways
  • Interior Floor Slabs
  • Patios and Pool Decks
  • Steps and Porches
  • Additions
  • Garage Floors

Over time, these concrete slabs can encounter a variety of problems, including sinking and uneven concrete; broken and chipped concrete, pitting, flaking and deterioration of concrete surfaces and more.

There are three main reasons why concrete settles and becomes uneven:

  • The soil below your slab is poorly compacted
  • Your soil is too dry
  • Your soil is too wet

With our wet, northwest winters, the soil under concrete slabs becomes saturated and soft or washes out completely. Polyurethane foam (PolyLevel from specific dealers) is a great solution to lift and level sinking concrete.

The PolyLevel System is a state of the art approach to repairing sinking concrete. PolyLevel takes the original concept of mud jacking and combines it with modern knowledge and technology. Rather than a mixture of concrete and mud, this method uses high density, lightweight, structural-grade polymers to lift, level and stabilize slabs. This makes it easy to return surfaces to the desired level.

PolyLevel is significantly less expensive than concrete replacement and has numerous benefits to the mudjacking alternative. These include smaller injection sites, not being prone to messy concrete “blow outs”, little added weight to underlying soil, and no chance of washout.

PolyLevel does not degrade under the slab so there is no need to worry about the contamination of soil or groundwater with dangerous compounds. Multiple studies have shown that, over the lifecycle of a buried polyurethane foam, there is no evidence of leaching of any dangerous chemicals which could cause health or environmental problems. An extensive study in 2006 by the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois concluded that the longevity of rigid polyurethane foam is more than 1000 years in landfill conditions (a similar representation of the environment PolyLevel resides in under a slab).

Many people ask, is foam strong enough to stabilize concrete?
Absolutely. In fact, PolyLevel is so powerful and permanent, it is also used in many major commercial projects to lift and stabilize extremely heavy structures and surfaces with fare greater usage than residential concrete, including roads, bridges and industrial buildings.

PolyLevel is environmentally safe, affordable, waterproof and a permanent solution.

Jim Wiederaenders is a Senior Design Technician at Matvey Foundation Repair and a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. He specializes in concrete leveling and lifting on residential and commercial projects in the greater Puget Sound area.

Sinking concrete can create a serious tripping hazard. Here, you can see that by leveling the concrete at the foot of the front door to this home, tripping hazards can be eliminated and safety can be improved.

A sunken patio can be a safety liability and diminishes the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor area. This example shows a patio that was lifted back to its original position so it is no longer dangerous and unsightly.

More info here:

https://www.matveyconstruction.com/concrete-leveling/concrete-lifting-examples.html

Phone: 1-253-327-1650

Website: https://www.matveyconstruction.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matveyconstruction/

Matvey Foundation Repair
1912 S 146th Street
Seattle, WA 98168

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