If you have been watching the news about earthquake preparedness and all the recent seismic activity in California, you’ll quickly realize none of us paid any attention to that old adage about building a home on a solid foundation, because that one surely doesn’t ring true in our neck of the woods.  If you live in Southern California, you know you’re living on shaky ground…

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Actress Dyan Cannon woke up in her Malibu Colony home to what “sounded like a 747 landing in my yard.”

“I opened the shutters and my pool was gone. I ran downstairs, and the ocean was coming into my living room. Then I saw firemen falling into the pool; they didn’t know it was there because it’s covered with water.”

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A Primer on Polyurethane Concrete Raising

Polyurethane concrete raising combines the technique of slabjacking or mudjacking with the use of eco-friendly materials to correct uneven concrete surfaces. Traditionally, contractors would inject a mixture of soil, cement, or mud into the concrete which would push it from underneath. While this is still done today, We at Foundation Technology have switched to using polyurethane foam because of the benefits that it provides to our clients.

Reasons for Raising Concrete

Concrete surfaces go through natural wear and tear over time. Additionally, they are susceptible to what is known as settlement, or when the foundation of the soil surface dries up, shrinks, or consolidates, thereby creating a void. It’s when the concrete slab settles into this void that it can be prone to cracking or breaking.

What Is Polyurethane Foam?

Polyurethane foam is a high-density material that can expand to fill up spaces and cavities. To repair uneven concrete surfaces, this quality of polyurethane foam is precisely what’s needed to lift uneven concrete slabs back up. Applying this method and material eliminates the need to demolish the concrete slab only to replace it with a new one, which is more costly and definitely more time-consuming.

Benefits of Polyurethane Concrete Raising

Since a complete concrete replacement can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, this raises the risk of injury and inconvenience, especially when performed in a busy area. With the use of polyurethane foam to raise the concrete, however, the sidewalk or foundation slab can be fixed in as fast as a few minutes. This is because polyurethane foam does not need as many holes in the concrete before it can be injected into the void.

Lightweight and environmentally friendly, polyurethane is a popular polymer with numerous commercial and industrial applications. Cost-effective with a speedy installation process, using polyurethane for concrete raising will require the least amount of effort and accomplish the same results from that of concrete replacement in the least amount of time.

If you’re dealing with uneven concrete surfaces on your home or commercial property, contact us to schedule a free inspection, and get a detailed analysis within a day!

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Is your chimney starting to look a little less than straight? Does it seem to be leaning one way or other? A leaning chimney may not seem like a big deal, but think about the damage it might do to your home, car, or anyone near the area should it fall.

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Remember when you were a kid and you heard noises coming from your house at night? When you asked your parents if they were monsters or ghosts causing the noise they probably told you, “No, that is just the house settling.” It might sound strange, but all structures move to some degree.

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A quick Google search of “Trip and Fall Settlements in California” brought more than 500 personal injury lawyers and websites willing and quite able to represent you in the case of a trip and fall accident. Apparently it’s a pretty lucrative business.

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Foundation waterproofing is necessary in attempts to keep a basement or crawl space dry, especially if you plan to use the basement as living space. Open areas beneath a home, such as a crawlspace or basement have high moisture content which causes mold to grow on organic materials like wood, fabric, paper or latex paint.

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