Did you know concrete settlement is a common issue in the Toronto Greater Area? Concrete slabs that have started to sink and settle can cause many problems for homeowners and business owners. It's easy to ignore the problem, but if you do, it will get worse and become more costly to fix. At Sanremo Poly-Foam, we specialize in polyurethane concrete lifting, a fast, efficient, long-lasting and environmentally friendly method to lift sunken and settled slabs. Now you may be wondering, why should I have my sinking concrete slab lifted? What is the worst that can happen? It's a common question, and we have the answer! These are the top 5 reasons you should have your sunken concrete slabs lifted. Keep reading to learn more!
Why Do Concrete Slabs Sink and Settle?
Concrete settlement is a common issue in Ontario, and concrete slabs sink and settle for many reasons. Excess moisture in the ground is usually the leading cause. Moisture in the ground can wash away the soil below the slab and cause it to sink. The natural freeze/ cycle is another common factor. If you live in an area where freezing temperatures frequently occur (like the Toronto area), seasonal changes can cause the soil below the slab to shrink and expand and cause the soil beneath the slab to become unstable. Another common reason concrete slabs start to sink is poor compaction when the slab was poured. If the soil beneath the slab is not properly compacted during construction, it won't be able to support the slab's weight, and it will start to sink. Luckily these problems can be solved quickly with polyurethane concrete lifting.
Concrete Lifting Improves Safety
Having sunken slabs lifted with polyurethane foam improves safety. A sunken concrete slab can be dangerous for any homeowner or business owner. The risk of tripping and falling is high if your sidewalks, walkways, driveways or parking lots are uneven. To prevent possible injuries on your property that you may be liable for, it's essential to have your sunken slabs lifted as soon as possible. Lifting your concrete slabs with polyurethane will help you avoid these mishaps by providing a level surface to walk on.
Concrete Lifting Improves Curb Appeal and Home Value
Sunken concrete slabs bring down the overall appearance of your home or business. Lifting your sunken concrete slabs is not only a great way to improve your curb appeal, but it can also help sell your home quicker! A lifted slab gives the curb appeal that many buyers are looking for and allows for a more modern and professional look. If you're looking to sell your house, lifting the concrete can help make sure that potential buyers will see what they're missing when they pass up on your property.
Concrete Lifting Prevents Water Damage to Your Foundation
Water damage is a common problem that can cause your foundation to settle. If you have sunken concrete slabs on your property, water will not drain properly from around them. The water can run towards your home or building's foundations. If left unchecked and uncorrected, this could result in major structural issues in your home, leading to costly repairs.
Prevent Structural Damage
Sunken concrete slabs also have the potential to cause structural damage to your home or building. When your foundation slab becomes weakened, it can cause a chain of events that can lead to major and very expensive damages. Signs of a sinking foundation slab aren't always found in the basement. Other signs can be cracks in your walls, windows or doors that become difficult to open or close or even floors separating from the walls. To prevent the risk of structural damage to your home, you should have sunken and settled concrete slabs lifted as soon as you notice any problems.
Save Money on Replacing Concrete Slabs
The cost to replace a concrete slab is expensive. Replacing just one 20 x 40-foot slab can cost between $6,000 and $10,000. Polyurethane concrete lifting is a better alternative that is less expensive than replacing slabs. It also provides permanent results that will prevent further settling and sinking in the future.
Polyurethane Concrete Lifting and Levelling
Polyurethane foam expands and fills the voids below concrete slabs and lifts them back into their original position. This method of lifting is also known as "slab jacking" or "foam jacking." There are many benefits to using polyurethane foam over other methods like mudjacking. The process is fast and efficient; the work can be completed in just a few hours. It is durable, long-lasting, and, in most cases, a permanent solution to sunken slabs. It is hydrophobic, so it will not degrade over time if water is present in the ground. Polyurethane concrete lifting is also environmentally friendly! The polyurethane foam we use is made of partly recycled materials and contains no toxic chemicals. Polyurethane concrete lifting is the ideal solution for sunken and settled concrete slabs.
Sanremo Poly-Foam Can Lift Your Sunken Slabs
As you can see, lifting sunken concrete slabs with polyurethane foam can prevent many problems for homeowners and business owners in the Toronto Greater Area. At Sanremo Poly-Foam, we are experts in polyurethane concrete lifting. Our expertise and experience ensure the work is always done correctly the first time. If you have sunken concrete slabs on your property, contact us today. We'll get them lifted in no time.