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All You Need To Know About Polyurethane Injections

Why the Need for Polyurethane?

Since the dawn of civilization, soil stabilization has been a concern for those involved in building structures, roads, and bridges.  Even with all the technology we have today, unpredictable weather conditions can produce snow, rain and severe temperature shifts which can create deep underground expanses such as voids, water pockets, and fissures.
Other causes of unstable soil conditions can be attributed to improper soil compaction, soil erosion, and plumbing leaks. These expanses destabilize the structures and foundations which result visibly in cracks, potholes, sinkholes, and damage that can take its toll on private property like homes and structures and public assets like pipelines, roads, sewers, bridges and other structures.

How to Deal with Unstable Soil Conditions

Most work crews attempt to deal with the symptoms by sealing the cracks, filling the potholes, rebuilding the damaged structures, or laying down new asphalt. However, these attempts only mask the underlying problem and the issues will reoccur, requiring the same type of maintenance and repair after each season of extreme weather. The answer is to deal with the issues that are causing the problem: unstable soil conditions.
At Airlift Concrete Experts, LLC we always attempt to deal with the issues that are causing the damage versus only dealing with the symptoms.  Our goal is to provide our customers with quality solutions that solve soil issues directly at their source. We do this primarily by using polyurethane foam that is injected deep into unstable soils. This process offers our customers the most affordable and cost-effective solutions to their structural problems. Alternatives to this method are expensive excavations and removing and replacing the concrete.

Soil Stabilization with Polyurethane Foam

Many people wonder how the process of polyurethane repair works. First, penny size holes are strategically drilled in the affected area based on the location, area, and scope of the repair. Then a two-part polyurethane mixture is mechanically injected through the hole utilizing carefully calibrated injection equipment. Underneath the concrete, a chemical reaction occurs where the two elements mix to create an expanding foam. The foam fills all voids in the surrounding soil and stabilizes loose and non-compacted soil while expanding to create the lift. Enough material is injected into the troubled areas until the desired height is achieved and the concrete has returned to its original place. The holes are then filled with a high-density cement type grout and finished to match the existing concrete. You won’t even know that there was a repair to the concrete.

The Benefits of Polyurethane Foam Injections

  • Polyurethane Deep InjectionThey are strong, lightweight and dense
  • Hole repair is completely concealed and unnoticeable
  • Completely ready for service within 15 minutes of completion
  • Smaller and fewer holes are needed to complete the job
  • The foam will retain its strength and structure, reducing the possibility of new gaps or settlement
  • Once injected into the soil, the foam will find a path to fill in all gaps and voided areas under the concrete created by underground water displacement
  • The foam is not weakened by moisture or chemicals found in soil
  • The foam seeks out weak soils and voids during expansion, creating a strong and denser base
  • Polyurethane foam is environmentally friendly. It is an inert material that is self-contained and does not seep.

Choose Airlift Concrete Experts in Arkansas

Airlift Concrete Experts is your concrete slab lifting and leveling expert in Little Rock, Arkansas and surrounding areas. We repair concrete slabs that are cracked, uneven, crumbled, or that have settled over time. If you need concrete repair for your driveway, walkway, patio, garage floor, or porch steps, we can help!

Driveway Repair: Fix Your Driveway Problems in Arkansas

Cracked and uneven driveways in Arkansas are fairly common, especially among older properties. Fixing driveway cracks may not seem like a high priority item, but perhaps you are ready to revamp the look of your home and stop worrying about the tripping hazards your guests face when they come to visit. If you are trying to sell your home in Arkansas, fixing your driveway problems will not only increase your curb appeal but will also increase the overall real estate value of your property.

Concrete Driveway Problems Solved

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Having an entirely new driveway installed may not be in your budget. So what are your options? Here at Airlift Concrete Experts in Arkansas, we have affordable driveway repair solution

s so that you don’t have to repave or replace your concrete driveway.

Here are some common driveway problems that Arkansas homeowners come to us with:

  • Sunken driveways
  • Driveway cracks
  • Driveway split and dropped
  • Erosion under driveway
  • Driveway settlement
  • Unlevel driveway
  • Driveway issues allowing water into garage
  • Tripping hazards
  • Major drainage issues due to cracks

How We Repair Driveway Problems

Driveway Repair Arkansas

Airlift Concrete Experts uses an affordable and effective concrete repair solution called polyjacking to fix cracked or sunken driveways in Arkansas.

Polyjacking is a concrete leveling method where a polyurethane foam solution is injected into the damaged concrete. Once injected, this foam expands and hydraulically lifts the concrete back into place. This method seals cracks and voids in your concrete, and raises it all to the same level. The polyurethane solution is also waterproof, so it will prevent water from seeping into your garage or creating erosion underneath your driveway.

To learn more about the benefits of polyjacking, click here.

Choose Airlift Concrete Experts

If you are looking for driveway repair solutions in Little Rock, Arkansas, and surrounding areas, give Airlift Concrete Experts a call today. We serve Alexander, North Little Rock, Conway, Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, and other cities in the area. We would be happy to provide you with a free quote and consultation.

Polyjacking vs. Mudjacking

If you have concrete on your property that is sunken, uneven, or full of voids and spaces, you may be wondering what the best solution is. Sometimes, damaged concrete appears like it should be completely replaced, but there are several repair options that can make your concrete as good as new. Polyjacking and mudjacking are both popular and effective methods for repairing your concrete, but which one should you choose? Here we will look at both solutions and help to steer you in the right direction.

Mudjacking

Mudjacking is a process in which holes are drilled into the affected area of your concrete, and filled with a mixture of cement, water, and grout. This mixture, called slurry, will fill the voids beneath your concrete and through hydraulic pressure, lift it back to it’s original level. Once this is complete, the holes can then be filled and the site can be cleaned up. Mudjacking is a quick and cost effective process, and can be applied to a variety of areas such as driveways, sidewalks, porch steps, and more. Although the slurry mixture gives strength to the concrete, it is also extremely heavy, adding weight to the sub base.

Polyjacking

Like mudjacking, polyjacking also requires drilled holes and injections. This time, a polyurethane foam is injected into the concrete. This foam will expand an incredible amount and travel through the concrete, filling every small or large void that is present. It can accurately lift your concrete even to 10/1000th of an inch! The polyurethane foam is much more lightweight than the slurry that is used in mudjacking, which may not provide as much tensile strength, but it allows for the soil around it to be compacted. This prevents future foundation failure and keeps concrete stable for years to come. Like mudjacking, polyjacking is a quick process and the concrete can be used almost immediately after it is fixed. Polyjacking can also be applied to various places including your garage floor, walkways, patio, and more.

Here at Airlift Concrete Experts, we recommend polyjacking for all concrete raising, leveling, and stabilization applications. Polyjacking is a quick, cost-effective, and efficient method that has proven to last for years to come. To learn more about the benefits of polyjacking, click here. If you have more questions about polyjacking and mudjacking in Little Rock, Arkansas and surrounding areas, be sure to call Airlift Concrete Experts toll free at (501) 744-8274. We are here to help!

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Chipping Concrete Repair with Polyjacking

Do you have cracked or sunken concrete on your property? Like many Arkansas homeowners, you may have noticed chipping concrete on your porch steps, or a sloping driveway or walkway. Concrete problems like these are not uncommon, especially on Arkansas soils.

What Causes Concrete Damage?

One of the main causes of concrete chipping or cracking is soil expansion. When the soil beneath your home becomes heavily saturated with water (due to weather, drainage leaks, or excessive watering), it will create hydraulic pressure against your concrete. When the pressure is great enough, your concrete will chip, crack, settle, or heave.

You may be ignoring concrete repair because it seems like a large (and expensive) undertaking. However, damaged concrete is unsightly, lowers the value of your home, and presents a tripping hazard to you and to guests. Airlift Concrete Experts cares about the quality of Arkansas homes and the safety of you and your family – which is why we offer free quotes for all of your concrete repair needs. We also offer a method that is affordable, quick, and requires no demolition or disturbance to your property.

Our Solution for Cracked and Chipping Concrete

chipping concretePolyjacking is a concrete repair method that consists of raising, filling, and leveling your concrete slab with a polyurethane foam. We drill a small hole into your concrete and inject the foam, which then expands underneath the ground and fills every crack and void. Your concrete will be raised and leveled back to its original state. Some of the benefits of polyjacking include:

  • Affordable method
  • Can be completed within hours
  • No disturbance to property
  • Leaves concrete permanently resistant to water
  • Fills voids and holes of any size underneath concrete
  • Can be used on big or small projects
  • Permanent solution
  • Eco-friendly

Call Airlift Concrete Experts in Little Rock, AR and surrounding areas for a free quote on polyjacking today. Let us help you restore your concrete and give your home or business a fresh new look. We can repair cracked driveways, sloping sidewalks, settled garage floors, crumbling foundations, chipping concrete, porch steps pulled away from your home, and more. We are a reputable company in Arkansas that is known for our quality work, honesty in pricing, and integrity.