Has your garage floor started to settle? Do you have outdoor steps sinking into the ground? Keep these steps in mind whenever you need concrete raised.
1. Caulk cracks. Surface cracks can let moisture seep into concrete, potentially damaging the concrete or eroding the soil under it. Apply commercially available caulk and a caulk gun to fix any visible splits in the concrete surface. You can use sand as filler in deep holes before you caulk.
2. Call for help. Raising concrete is not really a do-it-yourself project. It involves working with specialized equipment and supporting heavy slabs. Unless you have specific experience with raising concrete you should call a qualified concrete contractor to do the work.
3. Check insurance. You may have coverage for repairs that improve the safety of your home. Home owner policies usually spell out which repairs will be covered. If you're not sure about your policy terms ask your insurance agent for clarification.
4. Prepare the work area. Create a clear space around the work area by temporarily moving tools, storage bins, furniture, etc. If you need a driveway or garage repaired, make arrangements to park your car(s) elsewhere for several days.
5. Provide a water source. The contractor will use a hose to clean the work area and will need access to your home's water pipes. If you live in a drought area, make sure you schedule the repair job around any local water use restrictions.
6. Talk with your concrete contractor. Make sure the contractor understands the job and you know what to expect by covering these points:
- How long the job will take
- Any interim repairs you've made (see step 1).
- What factors may have caused the concrete to settle
- Whether your home's drainage system has eroded soil under the concrete
- Whether the repairs will include filling in any eroded soil
- How long will it take before the surface is ready for normal use
- Whether any cracks or uneven surfaces will be visible after repairs (note that concrete lifting by itself does not repair cracks)
- What you can do to avoid a repeat of the problem
7. Be patient. After your concrete repair make sure you follow the contractor's guidance before walking or parking on the repaired surface.
Do you get a sinking feeling when you look at collapsing steps or floors? Let an experienced contractor, such as Lift Master Concrete Lifting Inc, lift your concrete and lift your spirits.