Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page! This may be your very first time looking into concrete raising services. You may not know where to start, or even what questions to ask. It can also be hard to determine what’s right for you when every “salesman” tries to convince you that their way is best. You see, there are different ways to raise sunken concrete. It’s important to understand that just because a company is well established, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re capable of providing the best looking and longest lasting repairs possible. Keeping up with current technology requires a lot from a contractor. Companies must be willing to change and make hard investments of time and resources.
Having worked with so many potential customers just like yourself, we’ve been able to put together this compilation of most frequently asked questions. We hope you will find this information very helpful. Please contact us anytime – we would love the opportunity to talk with you!
What’s Better For Me? Polyurethane or Mud-jacking?
Using a concrete or cement slurry as a mudjacking material is an old dying technology. Although easy and cheap to do, it’s very limited in its ability to provide a good looking, long, lasting repair. You see, concrete is the problem, simply adding more to it is not the solution. Concrete wouldn’t sink so much if it wasn’t so heavy. Adding more cement or concrete compounds the problem by aggravating an already compromised area. Our polyurethane does not add significant weight to the area. But, don’t take our word for it – even our local DOT requires the use of polyurethane for the repair of our local highways.
Yes, mudjacking requires large holes being drilled into your concrete. These holes are typically 1-⅝” in diameter. Mudjacking permanently defaces your concrete, leaving many people full of regret. Our Smart Lift System is completely different. Our injection holes are very small, just big enough to fit this injection port through. Once patched, they cure and blend in nicely with the surrounding concrete.
In short, it’s cheaper and easier for a mudjacker to simply stick with what they know. The equipment, process, and materials required for the two technologies are vastly different. In the mudjacking world – typical lifting materials are mixtures of clay and sand – some contractors even relying on homemade equipment. Polyurethane injection technology is much more technical requiring complex equipment, advanced materials, and highly trained, certified installers.
What Should I Consider When Getting Estimates?
No. Although we always prefer in person interactions, we can typically perform estimates and repairs providing we have proper access. Our estimates, contracts, invoicing and receipts are all electronic – conveniently and safely sent to your email.
What Do I Need to Know About the Day of Service?
- Drill injection ports.
- Inject polyurethane lifting foam.
- Patch the injection holes.
I Have More Questions. Can You Tell Me More?
Yes. Concrete lifted with polyurethane can later be disposed of in a municipal landfill that accepts Standard Construction & Demolition debris.