When you hire a professional contractor for slabjacking repair, your settled concrete will be back to its original position and ready for use in almost no time. From start to finish, most projects take just an hour or two.
So, what happens next? Is there anything you need to do after the slabjacking contractors finish their work?
Actually, yes – if you want your concrete to remain solidly in place for as long as possible, take the following steps after slabjacking repair.
Caulk the Concrete Immediately
The slabjacking process involves drilling small, strategically-placed holes in the settled concrete. These holes, which allow for the injection of a cement slurry mixture into the soil voids under the slab, remain after the repair is complete – as do the cracks in the concrete.
The drilled holes and cracks need to be caulked immediately after slabjacking repair. Caulking not only minimizes evidence of the damage, but also prevents future water penetration — which is a leading cause of concrete settlement. If you like, your professional slabjacking contractor can take care of this necessary step.
Reseal the Concrete As Needed
To maximize the waterproof properties of your concrete, improved the restored slab’s appearance and help prevent chipping and cracking in the future, you should reseal the slab on a regular basis. In general, you should plan on sealing every one to three years.
Sealer can be applied with either a roller or a sprayer, and some products require two or three coats for even coverage. But as with caulking, you can leave the task of sealing to your professional slabjacking contractor.
Resolve Issues that Cause Concrete Settlement
Though slabjacking is the least expensive concrete repair method, you don’t want to budget for the project again anytime soon. To stave off future concrete settlement, take a look at your property after slabjacking repair and correct any problems in these areas:
- Water drainage – Check your rain gutter system for damage and make sure all downspouts point away from your slabs to avoid concrete settlement due to water infiltration.
- Property grade – If you have land sloping toward a slab, build up the grade to prevent water from draining into the stabilizing soil underneath the concrete.
- Vegetation – Tree and shrub roots can extend under a slab and lead to concrete settlement, so if you have any growing too close, either install root barriers or transplant them to a different location.
- Rodents – Deal with any moles, voles or groundhogs in your yard, as the critters can burrow under your slabs and cause concrete settlement.
Take the right steps after slabjacking repair, and your once-settled slab can stand strong for at least a decade – if, that is, you hire an experienced professional contractor. For expert slabjacking in the greater Salt Lake City area, turn to Lift Right Concrete.
At Lift Right Concrete, northern Utah’s leading slabjacking repair contractor for over a decade, we complete every project with expert care and skilled craftsmanship – and we also guarantee our slabjacking work for 18 months. For a no-cost, no-obligation slabjacking repair consultation, contact our West Jordan or Grantsville office today.