Concrete Shifting Repair and Restoration
Sometimes concrete tilts or sinks, even as soon as five years being installed. As a result, concrete lifting is required to fix the problem. Usually, concrete tilts or sinks because the non-compacted dirt underneath has shifted, no longer providing a solid base for the concrete slab.
A typical industrial building is typically a thicker concrete slab to accommodate heavier loads and especially heavy machinery. Often, if these are not appropriately reinforced or is the sub-slab base is weak, concrete slab shifting occurs. Such a situation requires immediate concrete repair. You will know if you have a shifting slab problem by running over one side of the concrete slab and, as you do so, the other side of the slab shifts position. Eventually, if it’s not repaired, the slab will crack. This creates a whole new level of repair needs as well as safety concerns. Existing cracks in the concrete are another dead giveaway it’s time for concrete repair and restoration.
Shifting slabs may nudge the heavy equipment running over them. This can cause undue wear and tear on the machinery, and it could toss materials off the equipment. It could even injure the individual operating the machine. In order to maintain good safety for everyone in your facility, shifting concrete slab repair needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible by professionals with the top tools.
Repairing shifting concrete is also a matter of aesthetics. An unbalanced slab is prone to cracking, and a solid slab is far easier to stabilize than a cracked one. Appearance may not be a top priority for you at this time, but an attractive concrete floor will improve the value of your property.
The logical solution for businesses who want to do themselves is to dig a hole alongside the sunken slabs and shovel dirt into the hole. This will not successfully lift the concrete because there’s too much air in the dirt. As the dirt gets moved, more airspace is placed around each dirt particle making it fluffier, even though it may not look that way. The freshly installed earth may provisionally raise the sunken concrete, but over time the concrete will shift again as the air leaves the soil. Because of this, it’s important that you call out the right professionals.
For knowledgeable and skilled contractors that can help you with your concrete needs, contact the team at All Stone Restoration today. We have over 47 years of hands-on experience in all phases of stone and concrete restoration. Contact us today to get your free on-site estimate.