Concrete sinking into the ground has always been a problem. This is often caused erosion of dirt by water and other means creating a void under the concrete that causes it to sink. Mudjacking is the process that is used to fix this issue. How mudjacking is works is that dirt and sediment are pumped under the sunken concrete to raise it back up to where it originally was when it was first poured. However this does not solve the problem that caused the issue in the first place, and with time the concrete is likely to sink again from the same factors that caused it to sink in the first place. Companies such as CRC Concrete Raising & Repair offer alternatives to traditional mudjacking in Libertyville, by filling in the void with concrete giving a longer term solution to the problem.
Sinking concrete can cause several problems. The first and most apparent problem is a tripping hazard. When a concrete surface is not level, even by as much as a half an inch, it can cause a potential tripping hazard. This affects people who are unable to either lift their feet off the ground that much, or require a walking device such as a cane or walker, as well as people that tend to drag their feet. Besides walking, items such as a wheelbarrows and hand trucks will also have problems and can even cause those items to tip over, spilling whatever was on them. Those are only the most immediate problem with sunken concrete. It can also cause the flow of water to change. If the concrete was tipped away from the house, and the sinking caused the angle to change towards the house, it can cause flooding or other water issues such as mold or rotting of wooden supports.
Concrete Raising Libertyville
Like most services, there are those that offer ‘quality’ services at a lower cost, but you have to take a look at things. Often times the cheaper raising methods used have downsides that companies do not tell you about. An alternative to mud or concrete for mudjacking in Libertyville is foam, but because the foam expands within the area it can often be harder to control. This factor is often why companies that offer the concrete raising in Libertyville will also include disclaimers in their contacts to allow for a tolerance for how much the end raising has to be compared to the original height, which might not completely solve the problem with the concrete being uneven. In addition foam can compress over the years, making the concrete sink below what it was raised to and what it originally was. Also going with a company that has years of experience and part of a national association, such as CRC Concrete Raising and repair, means that you can trust that they have the knowledge and capability of helping you with your concrete raising and repairing needs in Libertyville.