Even though the use of polyurethane has been around for decades, many people aren’t familiar with the product and all of the solutions it offers for home and business repairs. Companies like Airlift Concrete Experts has the tools and experience to strengthen and stabilize your property with polyurethane foam.
Your home or business is probably your biggest investment, make sure the repairs that are done are going to be effective and last a long time.
Places to Use Polyurethane Foam
There are so many locations and surfaces that can benefit from polyjacking:
- Parking Lots
- Pool Decks
- Warehouse Floors
The polyfoam can lift all kinds of concrete slabs, regardless of whether they are residential or commercial. The process is easy and quick, compared with other lifting options. The polyurethane foam is strong and can lift different types of concrete surfaces.
Steps for a Successful Polyjacking Project
The basics of a successful polyjacking project are relatively simple. This is one of the many reasons that contractors and property owners like to use polyjacking for their concrete repairs.
The first step in the process is to clean the concrete surface. The contractor will remove dust and debris from the slab, making sure the area is ready to be repaired.
Next, the concrete will be prepped. This involves the contractor determining where the holes for the foam injection need to be. The lifting professionals will mark and drill the holes where they will be the most effective. The holes are much smaller than those used in mudjacking, usually a 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter. Mudjacking holes can be 2-3″ wide.
After the slab is ready, the polyjacking experts begin injecting the polyurethane foam beneath the slab. The foam will begin to expand, lifting and sealing the concrete. As the foam is injected, the installers will monitor the concrete level, raising it to within a tenth of an inch of the desired height.
Once the slab is at the desired height, the technicians will remove any extra foam and then patch the holes. It takes about 15 minutes for the foam to set and the repaired slab can then be used.
Strong and Stable Slabs
A concrete slab that is raised with polyurethane foam should remain level for a long time. The foam is water-resistant so it won’t erode like the mud slurry used in mudjacking. In addition, the foam creates a waterproof seal on the underside of the slab. Cracks are closed and water can no longer cause any damage to the surface. The foam is much lighter than the slurry, so once the foam condenses any loose soil, it won’t cause the slab to sink under the weight of the muddy slurry.
The process doesn’t require heavy equipment, so the surrounding area won’t be trampled and the area won’t be cluttered with vehicles and equipment. Once the process is done you can go back to work or using the surface within a few minutes, so the interruption to your day will be minimal.
Contact the polyjacking experts at Airlift Concrete Experts today to learn more about the process and what we can do for your residential or commercial property.
Most people take concrete for granted. We drive on it, walk on it, and build on it. As long as it does its job, we don’t really think much about it.
However, when there is a problem with the concrete, we think a LOT about it! Concrete can sink, crack, or crumble. When it is no longer safe or usable, it’s time for a concrete expert like Airlift Concrete Experts, LLC to come in and offer some concrete solutions to restore the strength of the cement.
Exterior Concrete Leveling
Outdoor concrete surfaces can range from patios and sidewalks to driveways and roads. All have different jobs to do and different stressors that they have to deal with. The surfaces can become cracked or uneven, leading to tripping hazards or damaging equipment. The damaged concrete can allow water to penetrate into places it shouldn’t, causing even more problems. It is important that you repair damaged exterior concrete as soon as possible.
One of the best solutions for damaged concrete is through the use of polyurethane foam. The foam is injected underneath the concrete, causing the slab to rise to the desired level and giving the concrete a stable base. The foam is waterproof, so it can’t wash away and it seals the bottom of the slab. Additionally, the cure time is around 15 minutes, so in the time it takes to clean up and put away the equipment, your concrete slab will be ready to be used.
Interior Concrete Leveling
Whether your home or business is built on a concrete slab or it has a basement, there is a concrete floor that is supporting the structure. If the concrete is damaged, the building is in danger of being damaged even more. The structure can be weakened or water and pests can enter the building.
Airlift Concrete Experts has a concrete solution that is perfect for interior concrete problems. Polyjacking doesn’t use heavy equipment, so it’s easy to do repairs inside a home or business. There is no demolition needed and only a few small holes are drilled into the concrete surface. The foam is then injected through the holes to the underside of the concrete. Cracks will be sealed from below and the bottom of the slab will be water-tight. Once the slab is restored, the holes are filled and the slab is ready to be used in a short amount of time.
Commercial Concrete Solutions
Commercial properties may have some unique situations when compared with residential structures. Airlift Concrete Experts can provide stabilization, raise concrete slabs and footings, seal cracks, and filling voids.
There are several causes for a foundation settling, but the solution is usually the same. Soil can compress or weaken or water can erode the soil underneath the slab. Water can also expand, pushing against the concrete, causing cracks and shifting. A concrete expert will inspect the property and determine not only the cause of the problem, but what the best solution is.
Many people try to seal cracks themselves, but that is a temporary fix that can actually hide underlying problems. By using polyurethane foam, we can seal the bottom of the slab and fill in any voids that are located there. The foam won’t wash away and is lighter than the mudjacking slurry that is used by other methods. The foam will also compress the weak soil, making it more stable. When the foam expands, it will also cause the slab to rise to the desired level. We’re able to control the foam so that the slab is within 1/10″ of the desired height.
Polyurethane Foam is One of the Best Concrete Solutions
Airlift Concrete Experts has been in the business for years and we’ve seen competitors and fads come and go. We’re still here because we use the best methods and give you lasting results for your home or business. Contact us today to learn more about our concrete solutions.
When it comes to any type of repair, most people want to know if the fix is going to last or are they going to have to repeat the process again in a short amount of time. Making sure a repair job is effective and long-lasting is one of the first things you want to look into when considering a solution. This applies to concrete lifting, too. Why would you waste the time and money to lift your concrete if it is just going to sink again?
The lifting solution should last just as long as the concrete surface. The trick is to not only lift the sunken concrete, but to remedy the cause of the sinking.
What’s Going On Under There?
You can patch a crack or lift a concrete slab a thousand times, but if you don’t take care of the cause of the problem, you’re just going to keep repeating yourself, while throwing money out the window. The majority of the time, the soil underneath the slab is either weak or missing. The polyurethane foam that we inject under the slab expands, filling the void, compressing the weak soil, and sealing the bottom of the slab against water and moisture.
By keeping the soil stable and strong, the concrete won’t move or sink. It takes an expert to find the right locations to inject the polyurethane foam, in addition to the right amount. If the holes aren’t placed in the correct location, the polyfoam won’t fill in the correct spots under the slab.
There are several reasons why the soil under a slab can fail. If it wasn’t properly compressed during construction, it will settle from the weight of the slab and traffic above it. If there is a drainage problem, the soil can erode or wash away, leaving a void underneath the slab. Earth is strong, but if it is weakened or absent, it won’t be able to do the job. The polyurethane foam can compress the soil, making it supportive of the slab. The foam can also expand, filling in the empty space where the soil left. Once the foam hardens, it is stronger than the soil and water resistant, so it won’t wash away while also holding up the concrete slab.
You Can Help Yourself
There are a few things you can do around your property to help keep your concrete slab stable and undamaged. These solutions are relatively easy and inexpensive (especially when compared to repairing or replacing a concrete slab).
- Check that your downspouts are draining at least 5 feet away from the slab. This seems to be a common problem. People are pretty good about making sure that the drains empty away from their foundations, but don’t think about sidewalks, driveways, and patios.
- Keep gutters in good condition. If the gutters are clogged or damaged, the water running off of the roof isn’t going to drain properly. Replacing gutters can be a hassle, but it will protect your home or business, along with the surrounding property.
- If there isn’t backfill around the edge of the concrete slabs, you may want to add it. This will keep the water draining away from the slab, in addition to preventing animals from burrowing underneath the concrete.
- Reapply caulk or other sealants to the joint between concrete slabs. This will prevent water from entering from above in addition to protecting any rebar that may be connecting the two slabs.
If you don’t take these steps, the concrete lifting solution will just be undone and you’ll have to do it again. And again. And again. If you help protect your concrete, the polylifting will last longer, providing you years of concrete support. We’ve had projects that moved less than a fraction of an inch over a decade and also been called in to fix another contractor’s work less than a month after they completed the project. It almost always comes down to drainage around the impacted area. Take the time and effort to be proactive and you will have a much better success rate.
Contact us to learn more about lifting your damaged concrete slab and keeping your property safe and stable. We look forward to raising your concrete and giving you some peace of mind.
As you may know, your foundation can settle due to shifting soil. The soil around your foundation can weaken or move due to too much water or not enough. When the soil can no longer support your home, your foundation can sink, crack, or shift. There are a variety of reasons that your foundation can sink, settle, or move.
Causes of Foundation Settlement
If you have expansive soil, like clay, too much water can cause the foundation to settle. The ground can become soft and weak from all of the water. The weight of your home can push the foundation further into the ground, causing cracks and other issues. Depending on the type of soil and the drainage around your home, it may not take much more than a couple of torrential downpours to endanger your foundation.
There are times in Arkansas where we go through a drought period. This dry time can be just as damaging to your foundation as oversaturated soil. The earth around the foundation can crack and shrink, weakening the support the soil provides your home. In addition to the weather, trees and landscaping can drain the soil of the water it needs to remain stable. The roots can dry out the soil, causing the same issues as a drought.
Some building contractors will take shortcuts to save a buck, but in the end, the homeowner has to pay for it. If the soil isn’t properly compacted, the weight of your home will compress the earth, slowly sinking into the ground. This can take several years, but the end result is still the same. Although older homes usually have more problems than a new one, these problems can occur with new construction too, if the ground is poorly compacted.
Signs of Foundation Settlement
There are some pretty obvious signs of foundation settlement that you can see from the inside of your home or business. You may notice cracks in the walls, floors, and ceilings. Windows and doors may stick or not shut properly and floors may begin to slope or warp. You may notice basement walls that are leaning or bowing. All of these are serious signs of foundation damage and need to be repaired as soon as possible.
It is a little more difficult to detect foundation problems outside of the structure. You may begin to see cracks in the concrete or brick foundation. The cracks are usually in a stairstep pattern and will get bigger as the foundation settles unevenly. Another place that you may notice cracks is around doors or windows. As the foundation settles, the structure will be pulled askew and cracks will form where the windows and doors begin to separate from the walls. Not a lot of homes in Arkansas have fireplaces, but if you do and you notice your chimney is leaning or pulling away from your home, you probably have a foundation settlement problem.
Don’t Wait on Foundation Repairs
The longer you wait to repair your foundation the more time and money it will take to fix it, in addition to endangering your home and family. Make sure that you hire a trusted contractor like Airlift Concrete Experts for your foundation settlement repairs. There are some areas of home repairs that you can do yourself or cut corners on, but when it comes to foundation repair, you really want to make sure it is done well and permanently. Contact us to learn more about stabilizing your Arkansas home.
There is never a good time to need home repairs, but it seems like things always break in the winter. Not only is the weather lousy most of the time, but you may also be on a tight budget due to the holidays. No one should have to choose between necessities and having a safe and comfortable place to live, so take advantage of some resources to help pay for home repairs.
Arkansas Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program, also known as WAP, is the largest energy efficiency program in the country. The program’s goal is to provide insulation for low-income people to conserve energy and assist the less-fortunate with energy costs. WAP is aimed at the elderly, handicapped, and families with children. The National Energy Audit (NEAT) is used to figure out the best solution for single frame houses and the Mobile Home Energy Audit (MHEA) calculates the same thing, but for mobile homes.
If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible for this program. To apply, contact your local community action agency.
Arkansas Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Do you or someone you know need help with home energy costs? The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) assists low-income people through Regular Assistance Programs and Crisis Intervention Programs. The programs provide financial assistance with a payment to the energy supplier or to the applicant.
If you are enrolled in other benefit programs such as SSI, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and specific Veterans benefits, you may be automatically eligible.
Assistance with Home Repairs in Arkansas
There is a variety of organizations out there to help you with home repairs in Arkansas:
Habitat for Humanity
Most people probably think that Habitat for Humanity just builds homes, but they also help repair and improve existing homes.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are donation locations and home improvement centers. They sell new and used furniture and home accessories, along with building materials and supplies at a fraction of the price of a retail outlet.
Veterans Affairs Regional Loan Center
The VA can assist with grants and loans to qualifying veterans. This financial aid can be used to buy a home or adapt their home to their needs.
USDA Rural Development Office
This organization can offer home improvement loans and grants for homeowners that are low-income and live in rural locations.
You can also check with your local municipality or county government to see if they offer any assistance programs. Airlift Concrete Experts is always here to help, but we know that unexpected repairs can be stressful. We can inspect your situation and provide you with a free estimate, giving you the information you need to determine your budget.
We hope this list is useful for you to get assistance or guidance, if you need it.
You’ve been a diligent property owner and read about common problems that can lead to foundation damage. In the course of inspecting your home or business, you have found that your building is in need of foundation repair, but what time of year is the best time to have that done? Let Airlift Concrete Experts help you decide when you should repair your foundation.
Spring is a Time of Renewal
Many times, foundation problems really show themselves as the winter snows thaw and the spring rains start. This can lead to new problems and old issues being exposed by leaks and widening cracks. If you do have cracks, you should keep a close eye on them during the spring to make sure that they are not letting in water from the outside. It doesn’t take much more than a hairline crack for water and pests to enter the foundation.
This can be a good time for foundation repair and some foundation contractors would agree. It is easier to assess the damage at this time, as the symptoms of foundation damage can be pretty obvious when there is a lot of moisture in the soil. In addition, people may notice problems more now as they clean up after the winter. Airlift Concrete Experts would be happy to repair your foundation during the spring!
In the Winter, Time Seems to Slow Down
During the winter, the ground is usually harder and a little more stable than it may be during other times of the year. This stability can allow you to see if the damage is getting worse or has slowed.
You’ll find many foundation companies that say that the winter is the best time for foundation repairs. They are usually not as busy as they are during warmer weather, so you may have a better chance of getting a good schedule from them. However, the winter time is usually a busy time with holidays, so you may have to work home repairs around travel times and holiday expenses.
Now is the Time
So, are you more confused than before about the best time for foundation repairs? Well, the best answer is also the easiest answer: right now is the best time! You shouldn’t wait for foundation repairs until “a better time”. The longer you wait, the more damage that can occur, along with more expenses. The problem won’t get better, it will only get worse. In addition, what looks like a small problem to you may be hiding a large problem that you are unaware of.
Foundation problems are not something to take lightly, they can be dangerous and cause the complete collapse of your home or business.
The foundation experts at Airlift Concrete Experts all recommend that you contact us as soon as possible if you suspect there is a problem. We’ll come to your property and give you a free inspection. If there is nothing to worry about, we will tell you so, but if it is something that needs to be taken care of, we will give you an estimate for the work.
Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall…all you have to do is call!
There is a time and place for going with the lowest price, but when it comes to foundation repair, you get what you pay for. If the only selling point a company has is that they have the lowest prices, they are in it to make a quick buck and won’t be around long enough to be held responsible for shoddy work. If their low price is the only thing they can promote, they probably don’t have anything else to fall back on. Cheap foundation repair usually means cheap results.
Most “cheapest contractor in town” businesses use non-reinforced concrete pressed piles. While these type of piles may be suitable in other parts of the country, in Arkansas we have clay soil and you have to go much deeper than these piles can go. Airlift Concrete Experts uses steel and helical piers to provide the stability and security that your home or business needs. We may not be the cheapest, but we have the best quality equipment and expertise at a competitive price.
What Are Non-Reinforced Concrete Pressed Piles?
A non-reinforced concrete pressed pile is basically a concrete cylinder that is pushed into the ground using the weight of the structure. A pressed piling consists of a series of precast concrete cylinders which are installed by digging a hole under the building and the structure rests on the pilings, pushing them down. This method of cheap foundation repair is popular because it is easy and profitable for the foundation contractor.
Unfortunately, with this type of repair, there is a point called the “point of refusal” where the weight of the home can no longer push the piles any deeper into the soil. First off, this depth is probably not deep enough to get past the soil that caused the original foundation problems and secondly, if the work crew does not stop at this point, the foundation of the home or business can be damaged. Now the original problem is exponentially worse. The cylinders can be pushed into the soil at an incorrect angle, so they don’t provide the stability that is needed. In addition, the piles can crack during installation, but since they are underground, no one knows until they fail.
What Are Steel and Helical Piers?
Steel and helical piers are similar in their usage; steel piers are driven past the unstable soil, whereas helical piers are drilled in like a giant screw. The building’s weight is transferred from the weak or unstable soil to the piers that are secured in the load-bearing soil. This is a permanent solution that will provide your home or business stability for many, many years. Each pier is individually load-tested before the structure is placed on them, ensuring that they will be able to support the building. Steel and helical piers are not affected by soil movement and require no future maintenance. The quick and effective installation process means there is little disruption to your daily life and the use of the building.
Airlift Concrete Experts use trained technicians for the pier installation and we provide them with only the best piers available. We don’t cut corners to save time and money, foundation repair is too serious for that kind of nonsense. We want you to have peace of mind that your home or business will be stable and secure for years to come, so we have spent years earning the trust of our customers in Little Rock and the surrounding area.
Contact us today to learn more about why “cheap foundation repair” isn’t the best idea and can end up costing you a whole lot more when it comes to keeping your building strong and secure.
Most homeowners in Little Rock, Arkansas take great pride in their property. They work hard to make sure their lawns are mowed, their siding looks nice, and their homes are safe, secure, and stable. However, they may overlook the concrete around their home. Driveways, sidewalks, patios, and other surfaces are rarely worth a second thought, but if they are damaged, they can lower the curb appeal, become a tripping hazard, and impede proper drainage. Concrete leveling and lifting is an important service that Little Rock homeowners should take advantage of.
Little Rock homeowners may make sure that the interiors of their home are worthy of a spot on an interior decorating show, but in the meantime, their driveways look like something out of a natural disaster movie! Before someone gets hurt or you have to deal with drainage issues, make sure your concrete is level. Airlift Concrete Experts can help you with all of your concrete lifting needs.
What Surfaces Need Concrete Lifting?
If you have a concrete surface, Airlift Concrete Experts can lift it, no matter the size or location. We have experience lifting the following surfaces:
- Concrete slabs
- Porch stoops
- Garage floors
- Homes on slab foundations
- Pool decks
- Concrete patios
- Retaining walls
By keeping your concrete surfaces in good condition, you can protect your home from water damage, people from tripping, and other problems caused by a sunken slab.
Why Little Rock Needs Concrete Leveling
Sunken concrete won’t repair itself and the sooner you get it repaired, the less time and money it will take to get the job done. Some of the benefits of having Airlift Concrete Experts lift your concrete in Little Rock, AR include:
- Improper Drainage Prevention: If your slab is leaning towards your house, water may pool against your foundation, causing water damage in your basement or weakening your foundation. Foundation problems can endanger your home and the safety of your family. It is important that you prevent the foundation from being compromised.
- Preventing Trips and Falls: The number one cause of injuries around the home are trips and falls. If your slab is uneven, someone can stumble and be injured. This can lead to medical bills and even lawsuits. If your slab is level, you will eliminate one area where someone could be hurt, giving you peace of mind.
- Property Value: If the surfaces around your home are uneven, it may make people think that you don’t care about the rest of your property. If you are planning on selling your property, it is important that the concrete is taken care of. In addition, it’s just nice to have your property looking its best.
There are a lot of companies that make claims about their concrete lifting services, but Airlift Concrete Experts has a stellar reputation for outstanding service and lasting results.
Polyjacking Solutions in Little Rock
In our experience, polyjacking is the best option for the soil in the Arkansas area. You may be familiar with mudjacking, which pumps a muddy slurry through holes in the concrete, lifting the slab and stabilizing it. Polyjacking is similar but is much more effective. In the polyjacking process, small holes are drilled into the slab and polyurethane foam is injected under the slab. The foam expands, filling in any cracks and voids under the concrete. The foam seals the bottom of the slab, preventing any water from weakening or damaging the concrete. The foam is easier to control than the muddy slurry, allowing the operator to lift the slab to within a tenth of an inch of the desired height.
Another benefit of polyjacking over mudjacking is that the polyurethane is water-resistant, so it won’t wash away. Over time, the mudjacking solution may have to be repeated, if the slurry erodes. In addition, the weight of the slurry may compress the underlying soil, causing the slab to sink again eventually. The polyurethane foam weighs a fraction of the slurry, lifting the concrete without causing problems with the soil under the slab. Mudjacking may take days to set enough that you can use the surface, whereas polyjacking is usually set and ready to use in about fifteen minutes. Airlift Concrete Experts guarantees their work and the results. We aren’t satisfied until you are.
Airlift Concrete Experts Have Your Concrete Lifting Solution
Located in Alexander, AR, Airlift Concrete Experts is close to Little Rock, giving homeowners there a solid solution to their concrete lifting needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make the concrete around your home safer, stronger, and better looking. We look forward to working with you.
Airlift Concrete Experts has many satisfied customers and we take pride in every project we take on. Here are some examples of repair work we’ve done over the years. The professionals at Airlift Concrete Experts can help with masonry work, pool decks, porches, and other concrete lifting and repair work.
We are dedicated to providing you with quality workmanship, top of the line customer service, and outstanding results on every project.
Take a look at the gallery below to see before and after images of some of the projects we have worked on in the past.
How to Fix Bowing Drywall
There are a variety of reasons why your drywall is bowing or warping. The most common cause is excess moisture in the area. This can be as extreme as flooding or as mild as high humidity. Other causes include poor installation practices or bowing of the wall behind the drywall.
The material that makes up drywall is strong and hard, but, if it gets wet, it can lose its integrity. This can cause it to bow or warp. If the drywall wasn’t installed properly, it won’t have the support it needs and can begin to bow or change shape. It is important during installation that the drywall is taped and hung correctly, giving it the support it needs.
The only way to fix damaged drywall is to replace it.
Take Care of the Underlying Problem
Before you replace your bowed or warped drywall, make sure that the problem causing it is corrected. If the underlying problem isn’t corrected, your new repairs will be ruined eventually.
If the cause is high moisture content, you need to make sure that your basement or crawl space is waterproofed and dry. A company like Airlift Concrete Experts can help with foundation repair, crawl space repair, and other drainage and waterproofing needs.
Dehumidifiers, encapsulation, drains, and other solutions can help keep your home or business comfortable, dry, and safe. A dry building will have fewer problems with warped drywall, wood rot, rusting supports, and other water-related damage.
If the drywall is covering a bowed or leaning wall in the basement, the foundation may be failing. Oversaturated soil can push against the foundation wall with tremendous force. If you replace the drywall, you’re just putting a bandaid on a broken leg. You need to have a reliable foundation repair service inspect your property and determine the cause of the bowed wall. They can help repair the damage and prevent it from reoccurring. Don’t hesitate to have a foundation repair service in to look at your foundation. If the foundation wall collapses, it could be catastrophic for the rest of the building.
Repairing Bowing Drywall
You will have to remove the damaged section of drywall and replace it with a new section. Using a stud finder, locate the studs near the bowed section and mark them with a pencil. This will help you find the seams of the damaged section if they are difficult to locate visually.
Using a pry bar, pry off the damaged drywall. If you pry where a stud is located, it should pop the drywall off of the nails or screws holding it. Keep doing this until the entire section is removed.
Using a hammer or screwdriver, remove any remaining nails or screws in the studs.
The next step in the process is to cut the new section of drywall to fit in the area. On the back of the drywall, make cut lines with a pencil using the measurements of the desired area. Using a utility knife, score on top of the pencil lines. You’ll be able to snap the drywall, breaking it along the cut lines. You’ll have to cut through the remaining paper with the utility knife.
We recommend using an electric screwdriver and drywall screws to secure the new piece of drywall. Place the new section into the empty area. You’ll drive screws into the studs through the drywall, placing them every 12 inches, along the vertical. Make sure the screw heads just barely dimple the paper on the drywall.
Your next step will be taping the seams of the drywall with joint tape. If you use self-adhesive tape, you won’t have to mud the drywall first, saving you some time, money, and effort.
Your last step is to put joint compound over the tape and screws. Use a putty knife or drywall knife to apply the joint compound. After four to six hours, the joint compound should be hardened and you can sand it down, leaving the drywall panel smooth to the touch and eye.
Keep Your Place Safe
If you have bowing drywall, make sure that the cause is fixed. You’ll want to hire a reliable and trustworthy company like Airlift Concrete Experts, LLC to make sure that your home or business is safe, comfortable, and dry.