Many of the repairs that homeowners make to their homes are seasonal or weather-related in some way. For obvious purposes, power washing siding, staining a deck, and painting are all seasonal tasks. But what about concrete repair? Do you want to learn more? Visit Concrete Raising.
When the weather cools and fall approaches, we as homeowners experience what is known as the “fall drive,” in which we rush to complete all of our outdoor projects until the weather prevents us from doing so. Though concrete repair can be performed at almost any time of year, freezing temperatures are one seasonal stumbling block. The majority of new concrete pours need some time to cure (approximately 28 days at non-freezing temperatures). This means that, in most cases, no new residential concrete will be poured by mid-October. If you live in a climate where the ground freezes during the winter, a sunken or uneven driveway that needs to be fixed before the winter can’t be replaced, nor did you know it can be raised?
Concrete raising is a cost-effective way to fix a sinking staircase, an uneven driveway, or a sunken sidewalk. Concrete growing, unlike full replacement, may be done before the ground under the concrete freezes. In most northern states, this happens about mid-December, so it’s not too late to lift the sidewalk or even out a tripping hazard on your steps or in your garage. In reality, now is a perfect time to act before those tripping hazards are covered in snow and become even more dangerous!
Concrete raising (also known as concrete lifting, mud jacking, or slab jacking) is a technique for bringing sunken or uneven concrete back up to grade while also smoothing out joints and cracks. It also isn’t prohibitively expensive. Although it’s best to delegate the task to a specialist, it’s relatively easy for professionals to carry out. A grid of holes is drilled in the sunken concrete, and a concrete slurry is mixed and pumped into the holes, filling voids and bringing the concrete back to its original height. After that, the gaps are filled with concrete, and the walk or drive portion is ready to use. A sunken or inclined porch, uneven sidewalks or driveways, sunken stairs, pool patios, and just about any slab concrete can be raised using this method.
It’s not too late to get your concrete fixed if you’re in the midst of the “fall rush” and need to finish your to-do list before the weather turns grim. Before winter arrives, lift the “shovel stopper” on your walk or the “snow blower grabber” in your driveway. Before the ground freezes, there is still time.