Concrete Raising FAQs — Part I

Sep 10, 2018 | Cement Leveling Houston

If you live in the Houston area, then you are likely all too familiar with our unique weather patterns that alternate between incredible amounts of moisture and equally impressive droughts. These frequent weather shifts cause Texas soils to expand and contract rapidly because of their heavy clay content, and that can leave homeowners with a whole host of problems, including sinking concrete surfaces. In part one of this two-part series, the concrete raising experts at Tilted Concrete Solutions will provide answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about sunken concrete. Read on to learn more, then contact our team to request your free estimate!

Frequently Asked Questions About Concrete Raising

Why Does Concrete Sink?

There are many reasons why concrete sinks, but most of them boil down to instability of the ground beneath the slab. Most concrete companies take great care to compact the ground before they pour a slab. However, by its nature, the ground will shrink, settle, and compact over time on its own due to the weight of the slab and the moisture content of the soil. Additionally, different types of soil have different load-bearing capabilities. If the integrity of the soil beneath the slab has been compromised, then it may no longer be able to support the concrete. The result is sinking, uneven cement surfaces.

Should I Raise or Replace My Sunken Concrete?

This is a question that we hear a lot, as homeowners are often confused as to what the best solution is for their sunken concrete. In truth, the answer to this question depends on your unique circumstances and why your slabs are sinking. More often than not, our team has discovered that concrete raising is just as effective as pouring new concrete, providing the same aesthetic and functional benefits at a fraction of the cost. If you are uncertain whether or not your slabs can be salvaged, our team is happy to come and inspect. If leveling is an option, we will provide you with a free estimate for our services.

What Are the Benefits of Raising Concrete?

There are many reasons why you should restore the concrete surfaces around your Houston property to their proper position. First and foremost, uneven driveways, pool decks, and stairs are more than just an eyesore. They are a tripping hazard, and if someone were to hurt themselves while on your property, you could be sued for their medical bills. Additionally, when not addressed, uneven concrete surfaces only contribute to uneven soils and moisture issues that caused the sinking slab in the first place, resulting in a troublesome cycle of deterioration on your property. Restoring your concrete surfaces can help protect your from litigation and prevent future erosion — a win-win situation, if you ask us!

Call Our Houston Concrete Raising Company

Do you have a sinking driveway, patio, sidewalk, or another concrete surface on your Houston property? If so, then it is important to have the uneven section of cement leveled as soon as possible. As a leading concrete raising company in Houston, Tilted Concrete Solutions is here to provide you with industry-leading concrete leveling services that are designed with the unique characteristics of Texas soils in mind. What’s more, our two-part expanding polyurethane foam is manufactured right here in Texas, so you can trust that it is formulated to stabilize soils in a way that foams from national manufacturers can’t.

Call our team today to get started, and don’t forget to check back for our next installment for more answers to your frequently asked questions about concrete raising. We can’t wait to hear from you!