Concrete lifting restores uneven or settled concrete surfaces to a more level state. This advanced technique not only improves the appearance and safety of your property but also extends the life of your concrete surfaces.
Although concrete lifting is an effective repair method, proper maintenance will help ensure the concrete’s longevity and durability. Explore what to know about maintaining lifted concrete surfaces and how you can effectively preserve the integrity of the restored slab.
Ensure Water Drains Properly
Proper water drainage is essential for maintaining the integrity of your lifted concrete. Poor water drainage can lead to soil erosion and settlement, resulting in the concrete becoming uneven once again. Be sure to check for any low-lying areas where water might accumulate and redirect water flow away from the concrete to prevent potential damage.
For instance, you might consider installing a French drain or a swale, which collect and divert water away from your concrete surface. Alternatively, a downspout extender can direct roof runoff far from your concrete, reducing the likelihood of water pooling and damaging the slab.
Apply Sealants and Clean Regularly
Applying water-resistant sealants to the concrete surface can prevent water from seeping into pores and causing cracks or erosion. Regularly cleaning your concrete surfaces is equally important in maintaining their functionality and appearance. Remove any dirt, stains, and debris from the surface using a mild detergent and a broom or pressure washer, ensuring the surface remains clean, slip-resistant, and visually appealing.
Sealants Provide UV Protection
One of the key things to know about maintaining lifted concrete surfaces is that you must protect them from harmful UV rays, which can cause the concrete to crack or become discolored over time. Applying a UV-resistant sealer can help protect your concrete surfaces, ensuring their long-lasting beauty and durability.
Perform Routine Maintenance and Repairs
Routine maintenance and damage prevention will help you get the most use out of your concrete slab. Regularly inspect your concrete surfaces for any small cracks or signs of wear and tear. Repairing these minor issues promptly with a mixture of caulk, grout, and sealer will help prevent further damage and extend the life of your lifted concrete.
Polyurethane Foam Injection: A Long-Lasting Solution
For many homes and businesses, one of the most effective concrete lifting services is polyurethane foam injection. In this process, a technician injects a two-part polyurethane mixture into the voids beneath a sunken concrete slab. As the mixture reacts and expands, it fills the voids and gently lifts the concrete, stabilizing the slab and preventing further sinking or shifting.
Foam injection results in a strong, durable, and stable base that will last for years to come. Contact URETEK ICR Gulf Coast when you’re ready to schedule concrete lifting services. We’re happy to explain the benefits of our advanced restoration technique and how to ensure the best long-term results.