Slab Lifting for Manufacturing Facilities

GCS on May 22, 2019 10:43:58 AM

Slab Lifting for Manufacturing Facilities

Slab Lifting for Manufacturing FacilitiesLess Downtime

Downtime is critical when dealing with sunken slabs in any manufacturing facility. Every minute of downtime costs a great deal of money. You need a quick, efficient option that gets you back up and running as quickly as possible.

Less Mess

Heavy repair equipment and messy debris can be very disruptive to the production process in any manufacturing environment. You need the most surgical, precise option in order to minimize any interruption to your daily operations.

Three Options

You have a few options when faced with a sunken concrete slab:

  1. Rip out the slab and replace it. The main problem with this option is that your production in that particular area of the factory will be shut down for quite awhile during the repair process. 

  2. Lift the slab with cement grout (aka Mudjacking). While this procedure can take less time than a full rip out and replace operation, it can be quite messy and disruptive.  Mudjacking requires heavy equipment and liberal application of cement grout, which can get splashed around a bit. 

  3. Lift the slab with high-strength polyurethane foam. Concrete leveling with polyurethane is an efficient process requiring minimal equipment and crew. The foam cures so quickly (90% of full strength in 15 minutes) that you can usually resume use of the slab immediately after the crew has packed up and left.

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization

Pressure Grouting

GCS on May 20, 2019 3:05:44 PM

Pressure Grouting

Pressure GroutingUnstable soil is a constant threat to structures and slabs that depend on a solid foundation. Ground Consolidation Services employs pressure grouting to repair problem soil under your valuable structure.

Compaction Grouting

Compaction grouting is the creation of solid columns of grout beneath the slab or structure. Non-permeable cohesive soil requires displacing the unstable problem areas (voids, sections of loose soil, etc.) and replacing them with high-strength polyurethane.

Permeation Grouting

Permeation grouting the mixing of grout with the soil beneath the slab or structure. Loose sandy or rocky soil requires complete permeation with high-strength polyurethane in order to create a solid mass.

Both types of pressure grouting provide lasting support for your valuable buildings and infrastructure.

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Topics: All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Pressure Grouting

Your Best Option for Commercial, Industrial & Municipal Concrete Leveling

GCS on May 17, 2019 3:47:50 PM

Your Best Option for Commercial, Industrial & Municipal Concrete Leveling

Your Best Option for Commercial, Industrial & Municipal Concrete LevelingWarehouse floors, factory floors, showroom floors, shopping mall walkways, gas station parking lots, apartment community walkways, school walkways, airport runways, power plant floors and water plant floors are just a few places where concrete slabs can be found in the commercial, industrial and municipal sectors.  Sunken slabs pose both injury and litigations risks.

If you manage a property that falls under one of these categories, you will need a concrete leveling contractor equipped to handle big jobs.  The crew at Ground Consolidation Services has extensive experience on large-scale projects.  We offer the following services to managers and owners of all types of property...

Soil Imaging and Testing for Dangerous Voids

Slab & Structure Leveling

Soil Stabilization

Void Filling

Pressure Grouting

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Void Fill, Soil Testing

Repairing Shopping Mall Walkways with High-Strength Polyurethane Foam

GCS on May 15, 2019 3:09:50 PM

Repairing Shopping Mall Walkways with High-Strength Polyurethane Foam

Repairing Shopping Mall Walkways with High-Strength Polyurethane FoamShopping mall managers always have to keep the overall birds-eye-view in mind when it comes to doing their job. Needless to say, there are an infinite amount of responsibilities involved. One concern that should never be neglected is the risk of trip hazards. Walkway slabs can sink at anytime, exposing the customers to injury risk and the mall to litigation risk.

Sunken walkway slabs can be completely replaced, repaired with cement grout, or repaired with high-strength polyurethane foam. Replacement typically requires heavy equipment and takes quite awhile. Repair with cement grout also requires heavy equipment and can be quite messy. Repair with polyurethane foam injection is surgical, precise, and efficient. Polyurethane also cures quickly, so the walkways are ready for use almost immediately after the crew packs up and leaves. 

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization

Repairing Airport Runways with High-Strength Polyurethane Foam

GCS on May 10, 2019 5:01:36 PM

Repairing Airport Runways with High-Strength Polyurethane Foam

Repairing Airport Runways with High-Strength Polyurethane Foam (3)Sunken or unstable airport runway slabs can obviously pose quite a danger to planes and passengers. Getting them repaired quickly and permanently is a high priority for those in management and maintenance.

There are 3 main options when faced with sunken or unstable slabs...

Option 1 - Replace the Slab

The process will take several days, is often messy, and is typically more expensive than repair.

Option 2 - Repair with Cement Grout

This procedure (known as “mudjacking”) requires heavy equipment, large drill holes and the use of weighty cement grout which may sink over time.

Option 3 - Lift with High-Strength Polyurethane Foam

This procedure uses light equipment and material, small drill holes and makes less of a mess.

We use Alchemy-Spetec lifting & stabilization foam, which is the highest quality in the industry. When cured, it's as strong as crystalline bedrock. 15 minutes after curing, it's ready for traffic again!

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization

Loading Dock and Ramp Repair for Sinking or Unstable Slabs

GCS on May 6, 2019 1:45:01 PM

Loading Dock and Ramp Repair for Sinking or Unstable Slabs

Loading Dock and Ramp Repair for Sinking or Unstable Slabs

Loading docks and ramps are often the most actively used parts of a warehouse. With heavy equipment and cargo traversing those areas on a regular basis, it's not uncommon to see slab issues. Rocking slabs, cracked slabs and sunken slabs are common signs of soil and support problems. Ground Consolidation Services can detect dangerous voids or unstable soil beneath your loading dock and ramp slabs. Once detected, we can stabilize and/or lift the slabs as needed.

Completely replacing your slabs is an alternative approach but repairing with polyurethane is generally more efficient and requires less downtime. Why make a mess and put your dock or ramp out of service for many days when you can have them ready to use 15 minutes after a quick, surgical repair?

Generally speaking, polyurethane repair works with slabs that are still intact or have a few cracks at most. A completely shattered slab will most likely need to be replaced. If you have questions about your slab, call GCS at 678-337-8374 today!

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Soil Testing

Lifting Sunken Slabs in Concrete Parking Lots

GCS on May 2, 2019 3:08:33 PM

Lifting Sunken Slabs in Concrete Parking Lots

Lifting Sunken Slabs in Concrete Parking Lots

Commercial and industrial parking lots constructed from concrete slabs are very heavily used. Often, large trucks from shipping companies roll across them on a regular basis. Unstable soil beneath these slabs can cause them to sink, putting vehicles and employees at risk.

Even if sunken slabs aren't visible yet, the potential for sinking is easy to spot. Soil stains around slab joints indicate water is underneath, being squeezed out and bringing soil with it. This is a sure sign of unstable soil, which very often results in slab issues.

Fortunately, Ground Consolidation Services can stabilize the soil underneath at-risk slabs and even lift sunken slabs back into place. It's important to note that this type of lifting can be performed on concrete parking lots, but not asphalt parking lots. If your concrete parking lot has issues, call GCS today at 678-337-8374.

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization

Stabilizing Showroom Floor Slabs

GCS on Apr 30, 2019 1:41:34 PM

Stabilizing Showroom Floor Slabs

Stabilizing Showroom Floor SlabsDo you own or manage a business with concrete showroom floors? Auto dealers, large wholesale stores, convention centers and other businesses need strong and floor slabs to function properly. Unstable slabs can put merchandise, customers and even ownership at risk.  See our two-part blog series on trip hazards and litigation risk...

Concrete Leveling to Prevent Trip Hazards & Litigation Risks - Part 1

Concrete Leveling to Prevent Trip Hazards & Litigation Risks - Part 2

Aside from trip hazards there is the larger danger of complete slab collapse if the voids underneath your floor are large enough. See this security cam footage from the National Corvette Museum for an example in action. Ownership was completely unaware of the large voids that eventually caused this showroom floor to collapse, taking all those Corvettes with it.

Ground Consolidation Services can level and stabilize sunken or rocking slabs, significantly reducing your risk. Even if you aren't noticing any immediate problems, it may be worth getting your slabs tested for dangerous voids lurking beneath.

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Void Fill, Soil Testing

How Sinking Slabs Damage Structures

GCS on Apr 26, 2019 10:05:01 AM
How Sinking Slabs Damage Structures
How Sinking Slabs Damage StructuresSinking slabs can damage your valuable structure in a number of ways. We'll take a look at five of the most common threats that unstable soil can pose to your building. (It's important to understand that weak soil and dangerous voids beneath your foundation can be detected BEFORE any of this damage occurs. For more on that subject, see our blog post on soil imaging and testing.)
 

1. Warped and/or Broken Floors

 
Unreliable soil beneath a foundation can cause it to shift. Even small shifts can make the floors buckle or even crack. How much would it cost you to replace the floors in your structure?
 

2. Cracked Walls

 
A slipping foundation can also damage sheet-rock or concrete walls. Your walls are not strong enough to keep the foundation from moving. It's the other way around, unfortunately.
 

3. Stuck or Scraping Doors

 
Your door frames are also at risk. The minute the wall or floor starts to shift, the door frames can warp and make the doors difficult or even impossible to open and close.
 

4. Dislodged Molding

 
Perfectly installed moldings really add character to a room. Once they start getting dislodged and sticking out here and there, however, they can become a black eye (and a sign of deeper foundation issues that could have been prevented).
 

5. Unstable Trees, Flagpoles, Lamp Posts, etc.

 
If you have any large trees, flag poles or lamp posts that could hit your house if they fell down, you have one more reason to get your soil tested. Unreliable soil can undermine these objects as well.
 

It May Not Be Too Late

 
The good news is that, even if you are already seeing some of these types of damage on your property, GCS may still be able to repair your soil and level your slab or structure with high strength polyurethane foam.
 

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Void Fill, Soil Testing

Commercial, Industrial & Warehouse Concrete Floor Leveling

GCS on Apr 24, 2019 3:12:04 PM

Commercial, Industrial & Warehouse Concrete Floor Leveling

Commercial, Industrial & Warehouse Concrete Floor Leveling (3)

GCS Commercial-Industrial Slab Lifting

We spelled it out very clearly in our recent blog post Stabilizing and Lifting Factory Floor Slabs...

"Uneven, sunken or rocking slabs in your factory can cause damage to vehicles/ equipment, trip hazards, worker/customer injury, liability risks, and in the worst cases - fatal accidents. They also indicate the possibility of dangerous voids or even potential sinkholes underneath the slabs. (Skeptical about sinkhole dangers? Watch this security footage of a sinkhole swallowing up cars at the National Corvette Museum.)"

If you didn't watch that sinkhole footage the first time we posted the link, watch it now! Ignorance about the state of the soil underneath your slabs can be extremely costly.

GCS Warehouse Slab Repair

Rocking warehouse slabs can damage forklifts, which puts merchandise and even your employees at risk.  They are also a sign that dangerous voids may exist.  Sometimes rocking is caused by slabs curing incorrectly (a.k.a. "curling slabs"). We can fix that too. Read more about our solutions for rocking warehouse slabs.

Expose Hidden Soil Dangers with  Imaging and Testing

A couple of things that set us apart from other slab lifting contractors (aside from our highly skilled technicians and the top shelf lifting resin we use) are the soil imaging and testing services we offer. Why settle for guesswork about what's going on underneath your slab or structure when we can verify the facts for you before we do any lifting work? Read more about our soil imaging and testing services.

Permanent & Durable Slab Repair with Polyurethane Foam

When light-weight material is being installed beneath your slab, you need the confidence that it is strong enough for the application. How strong is strong enough? This is a commonly asked question by property owners or managers that are new to slab jacking with polyurethane. The structural foams we use only need to be as strong as dirt, but they're actually stronger than crystalline bedrock. Read more about the strength of the foam we use.

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Void Fill, Soil Testing