Homes rely on concrete structures of all types – concrete slab foundations, concrete driveways, and garage floors, just to name a few. All of these concrete structures require sturdy soil to support their heavy weight.
Without good soil, concrete can sink into the ground and become damaged. After all, concrete weighs about 150 pounds per square foot!
In this article, we’ll provide an overview of how soil becomes weak in the first place. Then, we will explore the most effective way to keep your concrete safe. Let’s dive in!
Damaged Soil, Damaged Concrete
Since soil is the name of the game when it comes to supporting concrete structures, it is beneficial to understand the ways soil can become weakened. Often, weather and climate have a large impact on the integrity of the soil.
However, other factors can affect soil, such as location or construction. We want you to have a good understanding of the ways soil can be affected, so let’s quickly outline the three main causes:
- Washout soil – soil becomes eroded due to too much water flow
- Dry soil – soil becomes brittle and shrinks in volume
- Poorly compacted soil – often occurs during construction projects, soil is not packed tightly enough
While each of these causes is different at its source, they all involve soil becoming too weak to support heavy concrete. Wet soil becomes muddy and concrete sinks into it. Dry soil becomes brittle and concrete breaks through it. Poorly compacted soil has no structural integrity, so concrete falls right into it.
Here’s some good news, Dry Pro has the tools to remove soil from the equation altogether. With a process known as polyurethane injection, our team can keep your concrete supported without relying on soil in the future.
What is Polyurethane Injection?
Repairing cracked concrete driveways is actually a very simple task. Dry Pro uses polyurethane injection to get your driveway back to its normal resting point and prevent future sinking. Simply, polyurethane is a durable polymer material that can support concrete and withstand many weather conditions with ease.
PolyRenewal™ uses high-density polyurethane to stabilize the concrete. This material is waterproof and can be installed in any weather conditions.
Installation is extremely efficient, as the material is injected beneath the concrete through penny-sized holes. Once in place, the polymer expands rapidly and is able to support your concrete structures.
You won’t have to worry about rain or other weather conditions eating away at PolyRenewal™. This material is also waterproof. Plus, it won’t be affected by UV rays or other weather conditions since it sits underneath your concrete.
PolyRenewal™ is also a certified eco-friendly product and will not contaminate your property with hazardous chemicals. Whether you’re concerned about cracks in your driveway or sloping floors in your concrete slab home, polyurethane injection can remedy the issue.
Here’s the great news about using PolyRenewal™, it dries at full strength in about 30 minutes, so you can safely get back to your everyday routine the same day your repairs took place.
What Not to Do
You may have heard of a few options that also claim to repair concrete problems. We care about the safety of you and your home, so we want to provide you with the most accurate information we can.
Plus, using these methods could lead to further concrete damage and wasted time or money. Here’s why alternative methods rarely work.
In the past, mudjacking was the most common solution that concrete contractors used to level out deep cracks in concrete. Maybe someone has recommended it to you in the past, but it’s not the best solution.
See, your driveway sank because the soil beneath it became weak, usually through turning muddy because of rain. “Repairing” the issue with more mud is counterintuitive and takes days to dry.
Over time, the mud will weaken again through rain and other environmental factors, and your existing driveway will run into the same problem it had before. Mudjacking is only a temporary fix.
PolyRenewal™ dries quickly and uses its own material that does not rely on soil, so you can see how it is the more effective option.
Concrete piers also promise to raise your concrete structures. This would be done by installing concrete support beams or columns to your sinking foundation.
However, this problem also fails to solve the actual problem: soil. Let’s use this classic saying as an analogy, you can’t fight fire with fire.
In this case, you can’t fight concrete with concrete. After all, your concrete structures sank because of weak soil. Concrete piers are made of the same heavy material, so they will also sink.
Once again, both of these solutions fail to address the actual problem at hand. For that reason, PolyRenewal™ is the superior method when it comes to fixing concrete.
Contact a Professional to Get Started
Now that you understand how concrete becomes damaged, and the tools needed to fix it, you can get started on restoring your property. If you’ve noticed concrete damage around your property, don’t wait until it gets worse. Contact us and learn how our team can use PolyRenewal™ to help your home. Plus, if you want to learn more about concrete lifting, and other foundation repair solutions, continue exploring our website!