Concrete Lifting in San Ramon, CA
Do you have a sunken slab that needs concrete lifting in San Ramon, CA? If so, you’re in the right place!
Sunken Concrete is Both a Safety Hazard and a Liability
While it’s true that sunken, uneven concrete sidewalks, driveways, and pool decks are definitely eyesores, they’re more than this. They’re also a safety hazard, and if someone trips and gets injured, you could find yourself facing a lawsuit. Therefore, you don’t want to put this repair on the back burner.
We are able to lift sunken or settled concrete slabs in San Ramon, CA including, but not limited to…
Benefits Of Concrete Lifting Via Polyurethane Foam Injection
The benefits of concrete lifting – also known as slabjacking or polyurethane foam injection – are many, including:
- It’s a solution that lasts. Polyurethane foam is lightweight so it won’t add more weight to the soil. Other methods of lifting concrete – for example, mudjacking – might lift the concrete temporarily. However, the cement slurry used to lift the slab is heavy and as such it adds even more weight to the soil. If the soil was having trouble supporting the concrete before, adding more weight to it isn’t going to help.
- It’s a cost-effective solution. Concrete lifting via polyurethane foam injection is less expensive that replacing the concrete.
- It’s quickly implemented. Polyurethane foam injection is not only a quick procedure, but it enables you to use the slab immediately after the repair is complete.
- It’s lightweight. Polyurethane foam lifts concrete without adding extra weight to the soil. A technique that adds extra weight to the soil – mudjacking, for example – will not stop the sinking if the soil isn’t able to support a slab.
- It doesn’t harm the environment. Polyurethane foam doesn’t release harmful chemicals into the soil. This makes it a green solution.
- 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. Too much water can wash away the soil under a slab leaving behind voids that the slab will then sink into.
Weak soil that can’t hold up the slab. Not all types of soil are strong enough to support the weight of a concrete slab.
Expansive soil. Expansive soil swells when it soaks up water and shrinks when it dries out. Over time this swelling-shrinking cycle can cause uneven slabs.
Invasive tree roots. You can probably guess how this happens. The roots push against the slab and cause sections of it to become uneven.
What are the Different Ways to Lift a Concrete Slab?
Traditionally, uneven concrete slabs were repaired in one of two ways. They were repaired either via a technique called “mudjacking”, or by tearing up the uneven slab and pouring new concrete. Both these methods have their drawbacks though. We’ll explain how each one of them works, and then we’ll explain how polyurethane foam injection works. You’ll agree with us that it’s the best way to lift and level a concrete slab.
Mudjacking involves injecting a cement slurry under the slab in order to raise it. The problem with mudjacking is the fact that the cement slurry isn’t exactly lightweight. If the soil was already struggling to hold up the slab, adding more weight to it in the form of a heavy, cement slurry is only going to cause it to sink even deeper into the soil.
Replacing an uneven concrete slab means ripping up the old one and then pouring new concrete. This certainly works. However, it’s an expensive and time consuming fix. This is because freshly poured concrete takes time to dry and cure. That means you won’t be able to use the new slab right away. Also, if the slab sunk because the soil couldn’t support it, the new slab will suffer the same fate.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should never add concrete on top of a slab in order to even it out. This will only add even more weight to an already sinking slab.
Polyurethane Foam Injection
Polyurethane foam injection (also known as ‘’slab jacking’’) is a minimally-invasive, cost-effective procedure that injects a lightweight and rapidly-expanding foam under a concrete slab in order to lift it again. It’s a quick repair, and when it’s done you can start using the slab again right away.
Concrete Lifting Services in San Ramon, CA
We’ve been repairing foundations and concrete slabs in San Ramon, CA since 2005. Our mission is to make sure lifting 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.
Free Foundation Repair Inspection and Estimate in San Ramon, CA
At Bay Area Underpinning we’ve been busy fixing foundations, and concrete lifting in San Ramon, CA since 2005. Yes, uneven concrete is an eyesore. But don’t worry. We can lift and make it beautiful again in no time flat! Short on time? Scroll down and check out our customer reviews.
What Our Customers Are Saying
Bay Area Underpinning is THE company to use for foundation work. Aaron, and his crew, were incredibly professional from start to finish….
Bay Area Underpinning is THE company to use for foundation work. Aaron, and his crew, were incredibly professional from start to finish. The team kept the work space clean and tidy, communicated well, and updated me as timelines were solidified. They were always on time and ready to maximize their output for the day. I would recommend them in a heartbeat.
I hired BAU to underpin our foundation. After extensive research I learned that BAU does the best work and at reasonable prices. Jordan…
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!
I can’t praise Bay Area Underpinning enough! Everything from their support team, to their customer service, and the quality of their work…
I can’t praise Bay Area Underpinning enough! Everything from their support team, to their customer service, and the quality of their work has surpassed my expectations. I’ve used other foundations companies in the past and they weren’t great for many reasons – Bay Area Underpinning has none of the challenges I’ve experienced elsewhere, and massive positive upsides! Would highly recommend!
Bay Area Underpinning is OUTSTANDING!! Cody, Andrew, Francisco, David and their underpinning and concrete teams did exceptional work…
Bay Area Underpinning is OUTSTANDING!! Cody, Andrew, Francisco, David and their underpinning and concrete teams did exceptional work installing underpinnings to stabilize our house, then replacing the concrete patio that had to be removed to do the stabilization. Everyone on the teams were efficient, courteous, highly skilled, and thorough. I cannot recommend Bay Area Underpinning highly enough- through each step of the process, from the initial assessment and work quote, to the work and follow-up itself, the staff and crews of Bay Area Underpinning ensured that I was informed, reassured, and we’ll take care of. They were thoughtful about doing their work efficiently and cleaning up after the work was completed. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
We recently had foundation work completed. The crew was on time every day and worked hard to keep a very dirty job and their traffic…
We recently had foundation work completed. The crew was on time every day and worked hard to keep a very dirty job and their traffic through the house to a minimum. The crew chief, Robert Busch, was amazing. Telling us what was planned for the day, any unforeseen problems, and giving us a recap of what was completed daily. We could not have had a better experience with his communication and hard work. Everyone was respectful and friendly. I also thought that the evaluation and estimate experience was positive. Jim communicated clearly and we never felt that work being suggested was unnecessary. He explained clearly and showed us pictures of what was going on under the house.Hope we never need them again, but would use them in a flash.
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