Entropy—it’s one of the laws of nature that makes things move toward disorder over time. The foundation and earth around your home is no exception to this rule. As soil shifts and erodes, the concrete that sits on top of it can crack and become uneven, presenting safety issues and hurting the appearance of the house. While many professionals try to level the surface by either adding on more concrete or lifting it with mud and sand, these do not always solve the problem. As opposed to these methods, poly-jacking is perhaps the best solution to implement. These are the benefits of leveling concrete with poly-jacking.
Depending on the substance used to fill in the voids, repair workers must consider possible shrinkage. Often, they will overfill a sunken area so that it can become level when the material they inject recedes. Instead of requiring such guesswork, polyurethane holds its shape after its initial expansion during the poly-jacking process. What you see is what you get.
The nature of polyurethane also means that it will fill all the empty spaces that exist under the concrete, perfectly fitting any shape that it needs to level the ground.
Unlike supplementary concrete or mud, polyurethane will not deteriorate or move as time passes. Once it solidifies, it will hold its shape and not break apart or crack because it does not consist of small grains of sand and rock. This, in combination with its lightweight, will prevent your home from settling more in the future. Since polyurethane is a nonorganic compound, it won’t decay like other materials as well, instead of retaining its integrity for years to come.
To poly-jack, professionals need to drill small holes in the concrete for polyurethane to reach the voids underneath. Compared to mud, polyurethane only requires a few holes, each of which is smaller than those made for mud due to how polyurethane expands. You can thus maintain the look of your concrete without too much evidence of holes all over the slabs.
If you go the route of adding in more concrete to level the surface, it will render the area unusable for hours or even days as it dries. Oftentimes, the concrete does not have any damage in the first place, but just shifts due to the ground. More concrete is unnecessary and doesn’t get to the root of the problem. Poly-jacking, however, only takes around 15 minutes to complete, and you can freely walk and drive over the treated area when that short period is over.
If your home needs a fix for irregularly sitting concrete, The Real Seal offers foundation repair in Chicago that utilizes poly-jacking. Contact us today to make your home safe and stable once again!