Conditions where outdoor concrete has already begun to sink is not uncommon in West Virginia and is often the result of shifting or a weak soil base or erosion. It causes driveways, sidewalks, walkways, concrete steps or patio areas to become tripping hazards and can effect property value.
West Virginia, also known as The Mountain State, hosts a variety of soil types, ranging in density and load-bearing capacities. Mountains and diverse topography has historically been home to such industries as logging and coal mining.
Soil in any environment can change, however. When the weight above the soil exceeds the soil below, the soil will compact and settle. Clay and silt can also cause soil to compact when it becomes dry. Regardless of the reason, once soil becomes compact, heavy concrete above the soil will sink and crack. It's a gravity thing!
While it is a very noticeable problem, with the right contractor, it can have a very simple solution.
Previously, sinking concrete was repaired by a technique called "mud jacking" that uses a thick slurry to fill in the gap underneath the sunken concrete. While effective, it is not the most efficient way to solve the problem, and adds more weight above the compacting soil.
Today, select contractors in West Virginia are trained and to provide a better alternative to mud jacking. PolyLevel is a less intrusive, lighter weight solution that doesn't add more weight to the problem.
If you are seeing signs of sinking concrete on your property, have a contractor to provide the PolyLevel alternative to mud jacking take a look at it. The following West Virginia contractors are trained and to provide a free estimate to solve your sinking concrete problem.
Project Location: East Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
Comment: Requesting budget estimate to lift concrete slab on grade floor in 5,000 sq ft office that has dropped up to 3/4". Most likely a void under the slab from surface flow.
Project Location: Birch Ave, Wheeling, WV 26003
Comment: One section of sidewalk adjacent to steps and low wall, is sinking. Only place. Want to see about poly foam to lift and level.
Project Location: Kentucky St, South Charleston, WV 25309
Search Request: +concrete +lifting
Comment: Concrete slab in back of house keeps dropping next to the house.