Concrete lifting is a technique that can be used to address concrete slabs that have started to sink or settle. 

It’s very common for concrete to move over the course of time, especially when the soil beneath is prone to changes in moisture levels. Seasonal variations in the weather can cause settling and sinking, and concrete can also move if the soil compaction beneath is weak. 

If you have a concrete path, for example, you might be thinking of replacing the slabs that have shifted and sunk. The good news is that with concrete lifting, you don’t have to choose this option. 

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What exactly is concrete lifting?

Concrete lifting is a process that can be used to lift slabs or pieces of concrete that have moved due to changes in the composition or compaction of the soil or fluctuating moisture levels. If your driveway is made from concrete panels, for example, and some of the slabs are sunken, you end up with an uneven surface. This could potentially increase the risk of accidents, as well as having a negative impact on the aesthetic of the exterior of your home or business. While replacing concrete is an option, there is a more practical and cost-effective solution. 

With concrete lifting, you can revitalize concrete patches to create a smooth, even surface. Concrete lifting produces impressive results in a matter of minutes, creating a base that is suitable for vehicle use after just 30 minutes.

What does concrete lifting involve?

Concrete lifting involves using polyurethane foam, which fills the cracks and gaps, causing the slab to lift. The foam is injected into pre-drilled holes. Once the foam starts to flow through the gaps underneath the surface of the concrete, it expands to fill any voids, pushing the slab upwards. When using high-strength polyurethane foam, the process takes minutes, and you can start enjoying the results almost immediately. 

What are polyurethanes?

Polyurethanes are versatile, lightweight, hard-wearing materials that have a wide range of uses and applications within the construction and manufacturing industries. These materials are eco-friendly, cost-effective, and fast-acting, and they are designed to last. At Rhino Foundation Systems, we strongly recommend using polyurethane foam, rather than cement, because it is much lighter. This means that it won’t add more weight to the soil that is already weak and compromised underneath the concrete slab.

When can concrete lifting be used?

Concrete lifting can be a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to digging up and replacing settled or sunken concrete, providing that the general condition of the concrete is fair or good, and there are few visible cracks. 

If you’re unsure whether or not concrete lifting is a viable option for your home, our experienced team will be able to help. We can answer questions and provide tailored advice based on your needs and preferences. 

If you’re interested in concrete lifting, you have queries, or you’d like to find out more about this service, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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