When concrete settles it is usually because of two reasons. The first is erosion. When water runs along the side of a concrete slab it can start to undermine the dirt and gravel from underneath. Once this starts it can progressively get worse due to the lack of vegetation to help hold the soil together.

The second is backfill.Have you ever dug a hole or a trench and tried to fill it back up with the same dirt? It won’t fit! The dirt you dug up seems to take up more space due to all the tiny or sometimes large air pockets between the pieces of dirt.This can sometimes take years to settle back to full compaction.When a structure like a house is built there is usually a lot of digging. In a lot of cases the basement is dug and then the dirt that comes out of the hole is used to put around the house after it is constructed. In some cases, building lots are purposely left low in order to leave room for this dirt. This can save the builder money by not having to haul it off, assuming the building lot is to small to spread it elsewhere. If this loose dirt is used around your house to correct the grade of the yard it can most definitely settle over time. If driveways, sidewalks, and patios are poured onto this uncompacted surface they can sink, shift, and even crack over time.

Although it can be unfortunate if you found yourself in this situation. You’re not out of luck! Lift Rite Concrete Leveling is a service that can lift these sunken pieces of concrete back to where they belong. We can do this by injecting a stone slurry or a polyurethane foam thru small, strategically placed holes in your concrete. Then pressure is generated to lift and stabilize your concrete back where it belongs. This can most definitely be a permanent fix if the soils below have become fully compacted. If you’re in a newer home, you may get further settlement if the soil hasn’t yet compacted fully. If this is the case, you may need to look at concrete leveling as more of a maintenance service to protect your concrete until your soil has reached full compaction.

There are things that can be done to help compact soil before concrete is placed on it, like tampers, water jetting, or gasoline compactors. These things can most definitely help, but with larger amounts of backfill you will still see settlement. Even compacted gravel can settle. Time is the best form of settlement. Unfortunately, there’s not always enough available.

Call us at Lift Rite Concrete Leveling for a free evaluation / estimate on correcting your concrete issues.

Lift Rite Inc. has been a family owned and operated business since 2006. Our only service is Concrete Leveling also known as Mudjacking or Slabjacking. We can perform this by use of “Stone Slurry” a.k.a. Mud or “Polyurethane” a.k.a. Polyjacking. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. With Concrete Leveling being our only focus. We strive to be the best at what we do. We take pride in understanding how the process works best and taking the time to explain it to our customers. Lift Rite Inc. is the largest (single service business) in the St. Louis metro area completing over 11,000 concrete leveling jobs since 2006.

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