4 Most Common Concrete Problems
Your home's concrete surfaces can make or break its curb appeal. When your concrete sidewalk, driveway, patio or pool deck cracks, sinks or discolors, it doesn't just cause an eyesore, it can also lower your home's value, too. Sunken or heaved concrete slabs can present tripping hazards and increase your liability as a homeowner. And often, DIY concrete patching won't cut it.
The most common concrete problems include:
If the concrete around your home is unlevel, cracked, pitting and flaking, Thrasher Foundation Repair will address the underlying problem and extend the life of your concrete for years to come.
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Pro Concrete Repair Solutions
Cracks in concrete allow moisture to seep beneath a concrete slab, which can soften or even completely wash away underlying soil. As concrete sinks into the void left by washed away soil, it can crack even further and lead to more problems.
To extend the life of your concrete for years to come, rely on our comprehensive concrete protection system to solve concrete issues and address any underlying concerns. First, your concrete is lifted and leveled using PolyLevel polyurethane foam. Then your cracked concrete and control joints are filled and sealed using NexusPro silicone joint sealant. Finally, the whole surface is protected from the elements with a coat of SealantPro(TM), which permanently bonds to your concrete.
For concrete with pitting, flaking and other surface damage, our ResurfacePro(TM) system adds a durable layer of polymer cement for a brand-new look and restored function.
Our Approach to Long-Lasting Concrete Repair
When we visit your home for the first time, you can expect a thorough inspection and thorough explanation of the particular concrete repair solution we propose and why. We offer several levels of protection depending on the severity of the concrete damage, and tailor our recommendation to meet your specific needs.
- For lifting and leveling concrete, we use PolyLevel polyurethane foam. Polylevel is a lightweight, strong high-density polyurethane foam developed by our sister company Supportworks and only available to an exclusive network of foundation and concrete repair contractors. It lifts and supports concrete slabs without adding weight to the soil beneath. Plus, it's waterproof, so it won't wash out or dry out like traditional mudjacking material. Concrete leveling with PolyLevel expanding foam not only raises concrete slabs, but also compacts the soil around it, creating a stable environment that will ensure that your driveway, patio or pool deck remains level into the foreseeable future.
- For concrete crack repair and control joint sealing, we use NexusPro, a silicone-based crack and joint sealer developed by our sister company Supportworks. NexusPro offers a long-lasting, durable solution and stop moisture from seeping beneath your concrete. When we install NexusPro, we prepare and clean the concrete cracks, insert the product and then finish it off with native sand to give the whole surface a clean, finished look. With our comprehensive concrete protection system, the entire surface is protected from the elements with a coat of SealantPro, which permanently bonds to your concrete.
- On driveways, garage floors or porches with surface damage such as cracking, pitting and crumbling, we use ResurfacePro. The ResurfacePro system coats broken and unsightly concrete surfaces with a durable layer of polymer cement, giving it a brand-new look and restoring its function.
When you choose to lift, level and protect your home's concrete, you can rest assured it will keep looking and working great well into the future -- plus you'll sleep better knowing you've got a five-year warranty.
Why Choose Thrasher for Concrete Repair?
By providing homeowners like you with a concrete repair experience you'd never expect, we're out to redefine our industry here at Thrasher Foundation Repair. We pride ourselves on providing permanent solutions and stand behind our work with industry-leading, fully transferable warranties and guarantees.
On top of a warranty, we promise satisfaction, efficiency, property protection and respect for you and your home while we work. Our crew leaders get in touch with you before they arrive and keep you updated throughout the project. We do everything possible to minimize disruption to your home and surrounding landscaping, and if you have a problem or concern after installation, we'll send a Service Technician to your home at no charge through the duration of your warranty.
Before & After
The Thrasher Difference.
No matter the job - we aren't going to feel good about the hard work we've done until you're happy. So we'll do it right or make it right. That's the Thrasher promise.
For the last 45 years in the basement and foundation repair industry, we've focused on the value of doing whatever it takes to get the job done and "wow" our customers every step of the way.
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Cracked foundations, leaky basements and mildewy crawlspaces are often serious problems that shouldn't be ignored. If you feel you've put your repair project off long enough, financing can help you get it done now instead of later. It's not worth gambling with the investment you've made in your home!
Frequently Asked Questions
Driveways, walkways and sidewalks are exposed to a lot of wear and tear. When the soil supporting it becomes weak or a void is formed, concrete slabs can crack and sink. There are many things that can create a void beneath a concrete slab, such as erosion from rainwater or gutter runoff, or a tree root that has rotted over time. Clogged gutters, downspouts that are not installed correctly, and poor yard drainage can make erosion worse. Dirt fill underneath the slab that has not been well compacted can also create voids beneath concrete.
Tearing out and replacing a concrete driveway, sidewalk or patio is a huge undertaking. The old concrete must be jackhammered into manageable pieces and hauled away. Then, new concrete must be poured and left to harden and cure -- a process that can take several weeks, during which you'll have to park on the street and avoid the area. It's noisy, messy and incredibly disruptive. On the other hand, concrete repair and resurfacing is a quick, easy process that requires minimal disruption, yet offers the same look and functionality of total concrete replacement. Unlike brand new concrete, it can be ready for use the very next day. Learn more about lifting and leveling concrete with PolyLevel here, or concrete resurfacing with our ResurfacePro system here.
Yes. Concrete leveling with PolyLevel is not only less expensive than full concrete replacement, it's also a much quicker repair process and far less disruptive to the surrounding grass and landscaping. There's almost no wait time for the concrete to cure before you can walk or drive on it, and unlike concrete replacement, PolyLevel actually fills voids and compacts underlying soil, which stabilizes your concrete for years to come.
Most concrete leveling and repair projects take our crews a single day to complete, and Polylevel cures quickly, allowing your concrete to be used normally the same day. Alternate solutions like mudjacking or concrete replacement often require more time and disruption, as well as longer cure times, which could mean parking on the street or avoiding your sidewalk or front steps.
Your concrete most likely didn't settle, but instead the adjacent concrete slabs heaved upwards, due to the frozen dirt below. There is nothing that can be done, but wait for the ground to thaw and the concrete to return to its original position. If the concrete doesn't return to its normal position in the spring, you may want to have one of our experts take a look to determine if a permanent solution is necessary.
If your concrete has shifted up during the winter months, it is most likely heave from the frozen dirt below the concrete. This is normal, and usually the concrete will return to normal once the ground thaws. If it doesn't return to its normal position in the spring, you may want to have one of our experts take a look to determine if a permanent solution is necessary.