Common Cement Slab Concerns

Jul 12, 2017 | Cement Leveling Houston

There’s nothing more frustrating than watching something fall apart that you paid good money for. Unfortunately for many Texas residents, this is the situation with sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and other cement slabs on their property. But why does this happen? There are many reasons why concrete slabs may deteriorate over time, and thankfully modern technology and traditional mudjacking techniques have joined forces to provide a solution.

Tilted Concrete Solutions provides leading, innovative concrete repair options for residential and commercial properties in the Houston area, and we’d love to speak with you about your slab concerns. If you’re in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Deer Park, or any of the surrounding areas, contact us today for a free estimate on our concrete lifting services. Below are a few common complaints we’ve heard from property owners.

Cracking and Settling Driveways & Sidewalks

Commercial Sunken Concrete Repair PearlandBecause they are heavy and sometimes poured over improperly compacted soils, large concrete slabs, such as those that make up driveways, are very susceptible to cracking and settling over time. When this damage is allowed to go on unchecked, it can create a real problem and inconvenience for homeowners as they enter or pull out of their garage. Additionally, once cracking appears, surface water is allowed to seep beneath the slab, causing unstable soil conditions, which in turn can lead to even more settling. It’s a vicious cycle! With the assistance of our concrete lifting solutions, the problem can be remedied in a matter of hours by injecting self-expanding polyurethane foam into the void beneath the sinking slab, restoring it to its original position.

Staining or Discoloration

There are many things that can lead to staining and discoloration of cement. On patios, all it takes is a spilled chemical of some kind that is left to soak into the surface. Even something as innocent as stray fertilizer pellets can cause rust-like stains on sidewalks and driveways. If you live in a part of the country that experiences cold temperatures and high humidity, you may have noticed what appears to be a whitish film appearing over your darker concrete surfaces. This is known as efflorescence and is not easily remedied. While our concrete leveling team cannot help you with staining and discoloration, thankfully there are many solvents available on the market that can take care of the problem. Just be sure to consult the manufacturer directions so you don’t damage or compromise the structural integrity of your slab.

Expansion Joint Separation

This is a sister problem to concrete slabs settling and cracking. The thin seams between concrete slabs on sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, and other expansive cement surfaces are called expansion joints because they allow for thermal expansion of the concrete without resulting damage or distortion of the individual pieces of the slab. With the extreme heat we have here in Texas, expansion joints are a must. They are often filled with some type of filler material to prevent surface water from entering the crack. When these joints are disrupted, water may enter, and this may cause acceleration of the settling process that’s occurring. When you enlist our concrete lifting professionals, we’ll also check your expansion joints and happily provide any expansion joint repairs that are needed.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner who’s dealing with uneven and unaesthetic cement slabs and surfaces, you’re sure to benefit from our concrete leveling expertise. We offer an industry-leading two-year warranty and no-cost, no-obligation estimates for our work. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority here at Tilted Concrete Solutions, and we pride ourselves on providing efficient, long-lasting, and eco-friendly concrete repair options. If you’re located in our wide service area, contact us today to get started! We can’t wait to help you out!