Concrete Lifting in Martinez, CA
If you’re having trouble with a sunken sidewalk, pool deck, driveway, or another type of concrete slab in Martinez CA, we can help.
Sunken Concrete is Both a Safety Hazard and a Liability
Uneven concrete is more than just an eyesore. Unlevel sidewalks, driveways, and pool decks are also trip hazards that could result in injuries and lawsuits. Therefore, this isn’t a repair you want to put off for very long.
At Bay Area Underpinning we’re able to level sunken or settled concrete slabs in Martinez, CA including, but not limited to…
Benefits Of Concrete Lifting Via Polyurethane Foam Injection
The benefits of concrete lifting via polyurethane foam injection – also known as ”slabjacking” – include:
- It’s permanent. Your slab won’t start to sink again. Polyurethane foam is a very lightweight material. That means it won’t add more weight to the soil. This is important because older methods of leveling concrete – such as mudjacking – may lift the concrete temporarily, but can ultimately fail because the cement slurry used is heavy. This adds even more weight to soil that’s already having trouble supporting the slab.
- It’s less expensive than replacing the concrete. Concrete lifting via polyurethane foam injection is a cost-effective alternative to replacing the concrete.
- It’s a quick repair. You can start using the slab again as soon as the repair is complete.
- It’s lightweight. As we mentioned above, polyurethane foam is able to lift and level concrete without adding extra weight to the soil.
- Polyurethane foam doesn’t harm the environment. Because polyurethane foam doesn’t release harmful chemicals into the soil, it’s a green solution you can feel comfortable using.
- Even concrete just looks good! Sunken, uneven concrete is an eyesore.
What Causes Concrete Slabs To Sink Or Become Uneven?
Concrete slabs sink and become uneven for a variety of reasons including…
Drainage problems that contribute to too much water under the slab. This excess water washes away the soil under the slab and leaves behind voids that the slab will then sink into.
Weak soils that aren’t able to support a concrete slab. Sometimes the soil under the slab just isn’t strong enough to support the weight.
Expansive soils. Expansive soils are those that swell as they soak up water and shrink as they dry out. Over time, this movement in the soil caused by repeated swelling and shrinking can lead to uneven slabs.
Invasive tree roots. You’ve probably seen this problem many times in your life. Tree roots push against a slab – often a sidewalk or driveway – and cause sections of it to become uneven.
What are the Different Ways to Lift a Concrete Slab?
The two ”old school” techniques of lifting a concrete slab are ”mudjacking”, digging up the old slab, and pouring a new one. However, there are problems with both of these methods, and you’ll see that polyurethane foam injection is the best way to lift and level a concrete slab.
In mudjacking, a cement slurry is injected under the slab in order to lift it again. The problem with mudjacking is the weight of the cement slurry. It’s heavy. If the soil was already having trouble supporting the slab, adding even more weight to it via a cement slurry isn’t going to help.
Uneven concrete slabs can also be torn up and replaced by pouring new concrete. However, this solution is both time consuming and expensive. Freshly poured concrete takes time to dry and harden. That means you can’t use the slab right away. There’s going to be some downtime. Also, if the old slab sunk because the soil couldn’t hold it up, the same thing will happen with the new one. You haven’t solved anything.
Of course, you should never even consider the idea of adding additional concrete to a slab in order to even it out. This just adds more weight to it and will cause it to sink even more.
Polyurethane Foam Injection
Polyurethane foam injection (also known as ‘’slabjacking’’) is a cost-effective, minimally-invasive procedure that injects a special, super lightweight, and rapidly expanding foam underneath the slab in order to raise and level it. The repair is fast and you can immediately start using the slab again once it’s done.
Concrete Lifting Services in Martinez, CA
We’ve been repairing foundations and concrete slabs in Martinez, CA since 2005. Our mission is to make sure lifting and leveling your concrete slab is a stress-free event that provides a cost-effective, permanent fix.
For a free concrete lifting inspection and repair estimate, fill out the contact form at the top of the page.
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We’re Bay Area Underpinning and for the past 15 years we’ve been fixing foundations and leveling and lifting slabs in Martinez CA.
Uneven concrete isn’t just an eyesore. It’s also a trip hazard and a liability issue. Give us a call today. We’ll come out, lift your sunken concrete slab, and make it beautiful again! Don’t forget to check out our customer reviews.
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I hired BAU to underpin our foundation. After extensive research I learned that BAU does the best work and at reasonable prices. Jordan lead the crew that did the work on our house, and he was a joy to work with and we really trusted him and his team to take care of us. I am really glad we hired BAU, and we are happy to have our hillside home properly secured for the future!
The crew was was fantastic! They finished faster than expected and they communicated with us daily to keep us informed along the way. We…
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I recently hired Bay Area Underpinning to underpin my home and my experience from start to finish was seamless.Jordan Christle, the lead…
I recently hired Bay Area Underpinning to underpin my home and my experience from start to finish was seamless.Jordan Christle, the lead foreman and his team were exceptional. They were communicative, polite and professional at all times. They were happy to answer any questions that I had prior to and during the process of underpinning my home and were quick to provide clarification and explanations to any of my concerns that I had during the job. Jordan provided extensive quality checks at all phases with his crew to ensure the best outcome for the home owner.The team’s knowledge base about their field was remarkable as they were able to come up with quality solutions that we could visibly see.I recommend Bay Area Underpinning without reservation and will continue to recommend them to anyone who should need their services.
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Had BAU take care of a chimney that was leaning away from my home, fix my front door which would jam at times of the year and relevel my floors. This was my second time working with BAU who installed screw jacks and leveled my floors several years ago. This time, Juan took a look at the problem areas, took measurements, made recommendations that fit my needs and budget and answered all my questions. Gonzalo and team came to work on my property. They worked quickly to install piers under the chimney and in the crawl space. They put tarp down to keep the house clean in the areas they needed access and cleaned up after themselves each day on the job. They answered my questions and throughly explained the problems and solutions they would implement to level the floor. Overall, I'm pleased with their work, being on time each day, and communication skills and would recommend.
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