If you’re dealing with sunken concrete, there could be any number of culprits behind it. Whether it’s poorly compacted fill dirt, surface erosion, or shrinking soil, sunken concrete is both an eyesore and a safety hazard that should be dealt with immediately. In the past, the only answer to sunken concrete was to replace the slab altogether, but now, slab lifting makes it possible to level the concrete instead. By raising the sunken concrete and filling the space with a grout material like sand or fly ash, the procedure can be performed in any weather and completed in a matter of hours, making it a cost- and labor-effective way of solving the problem of sunken concrete. Today, we’ll be talking about some of the benefits of slab lifting, and why concrete lifting equipment should be a tool in your arsenal for concrete repair.
Why Does Concrete Sink in the First Place?
There are many reasons why concrete may have sunk, but the most common is fill dirt that wasn’t packed tightly enough when the concrete was laid. This fill dirt, designed to fill in the voids created by upsetting the dirt during the foundation process. It’s rare that builders take the time to properly compact this dirt, which means that there is space between individual dirt particles. Over time, under the weight of the concrete slab and repeated foot traffic, the dirt begins to compact, which can lead to sunken concrete.
Slab Lifting is Cost-Effective
In comparison to laying a new slab, the cost of concrete lifting is often preferable to clients. Clocking in at an average of 30% of the cost of new concrete, finding a more cost-effective solution to their problem of sunken concrete will help contractors establish a relationship with clients as an agency they can trust. Not only that, but the grout solution will provide a more stable base to the concrete slab, allowing for results that will last and preventing future sinkage. This is especially important for commercial clients: with combined energy costs of industrial and commercial buildings nearing $400 billion annually, many of these industries are looking to cut costs in other areas while they move toward energy efficiency.
Slab Lifting Means No Lost Time
When concrete slabs are replaced altogether, the new concrete faces long periods of curing time, which means loss of service area to driveways, walkways, or other important areas. With slab lifting, however, that’s not the case. Because the concrete doesn’t need to cure, the only lost service time occurs during the grouting process and homeowners can return to using the concrete almost immediately. Additionally, because the process takes much less time to complete than laying a whole new slab, contractors are free to focus their energy on other projects. Also, because slab lifting can take place in almost any weather, your team is less likely to be hampered by environmental delays.
Slab Lifting Creates Less Waste
Not only does the use of concrete lifting rigs allow clients to maintain continuity colorwise in driveways and walkways, but it’s also the more environmentally friendly option. Because the sunken concrete is not removed or destroyed, likely to end up in a landfill, there is virtually no waste involved in the process. Lack of slab removal also means less inconvenience involved with the removal process, and it offsets damage done to surrounding areas, such as grass or gravel paths that may be destroyed in the process.
Concrete lifting equipment can be a valuable tool for your company that will save you and your clients time, money, and man hours, all while providing a more environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing alternative to laying new slab. If you’re interested in adding a concrete lifting rig to your outfit, contact our representatives, and we’ll be more than happy to find the right slab lifting equipment that’s right for your budget and your needs.