Can My Concrete Be Lifted or Leveled?
When to Lift & When to Replace
Repairing existing concrete is almost always preferable to replacement. It’s less expensive, less damaging to surrounding landscaping, and more environmentally friendly. Some concrete, however, is too damaged or poured in a way that prevents lifting and stabilization.
Cement Slab Size and Cracking
Concrete weighs quite a bit and needs plenty of force (pressure) to lift it. This means sections of concrete that are too small and light quickly turn into pressure relief outlets, preventing a successful lift and causing a mess in the process.
If cracking causes sections of concrete get below 4 square feet, the lift becomes quite risky.
Sections Formed by Inner Cracking
Can Lift: Usually
Size is the single best predictor of concrete leveling and lifting eligibility. Larger pieces of concrete formed by cracks, especially in the middle areas of the concrete, are typically fine to lift.
Section Formed by Outer Cracking
Can Lift: Sometimes
When an isolated section is along the outside of the concrete area, it is more sensitive than an equal-sized section that’s surrounded by other concrete. Generally speaking, outer sections are under a more stringent size limitation.
Single Small Piece
Can Lift: Unlikely
Small sections make for difficult lifts at best. However, by using more time and material, experienced foam concrete raising and mud jacking contractors may be able to work through a single small inner concrete section.
Can Lift: No
Because concrete leveling is pressure based, numerous cracks in the area to be lifted allows outlets for the injected material. This prevents a successful lift.
Can Lift: No
Because concrete leveling is pressure based, any sections within the lift zone like this will prevent any concrete lift.
Single Pour Concrete
Can Lift: Stabilize Only
Without slab sections, lifting will result in cracks forming. Preventative void fills can stop future damage.
Why Voids are a Serious Problem
Washouts & Large Voids
Fix the void now, or fix both the void and concrete later
If a void forms under the concrete, it is dangerous and no longer functional. We highly recommend getting an expert’s opinion for voids and washouts as they are a safety hazard and the situation will only deteriorate.
Foam Concrete Leveling
The Approach We Stand Behind
We exclusively lift concrete with foam. This is because we believe the process to be far more effective and a long term solution.
We are also able to resurface concrete. The combination will take aged concrete and restore it to its original position and look. This often costs less, doesn’t damage surrounding property, and is more environmentally friendly than replacement. Thanks to the foam foundation, it’s also far less likely to sink over the years than new concrete.
Know YOUR Numbers
Planning with general numbers often leads to inaccurate estimations and budgets. That’s one of the many reasons we offer free estimates. Whether you need a quick fix or are planning for work next year, work with actual numbers specific to you.