The Dangers of Neglecting Sunken Slabs

GCS on Jun 26, 2019 3:40:52 PM

The Dangers of Neglecting Sunken Slabs

The Dangers of Neglecting Sunken SlabsAs a property owner or manager, the last thing you want to do when faced with sinking concrete is to ignore the problem.  At there very least, you should get a ground penetrating radar scan to get a sense of the extent of the soil issues.  In this post, we'll review the dangers of neglecting sunken slabs.

Damage to vehicles/equipment.

Unlevel concrete in driveways, factories and warehouses can cause damage to automobiles, fork lifts and other equipment.  Why risk expensive car and/or equipment repairs when you can take care of the cause instead?  Sometimes you're looking at wear and tear over time.  Sometimes you're looking at sudden damage or an accident.  Either way, neglecting the problem is not worth the risk.

Possibility of catastrophic
sinkholes.

Sinking concrete could be a sign of a sinkhole beneath your slab or structure.  Not convinced?  Watch this incredible security cam footage of a sinkhole taking out an entire showroom floor at the National Corvette Museum.  The truth is, you have NO way of knowing what lurks beneath your valuable slabs and structures until you get a professional to evaluate the situation.

Trip hazards, injury and liability risks.

For a thorough overview of these subjects, see our blog post Concrete Leveling to Prevent Trip Hazards and Litigation Risks...

Concrete slabs sink for a variety of reasons.  The result is an eyesore and possibly a trip hazard that could - in a worst case scenario - result in a serious injury, death, and/or a lawsuit. Read more...

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

Concrete Leveling for Commercial Properties

GCS on Jun 25, 2019 9:01:20 AM

Concrete Leveling for Commercial Properties

Concrete Leveling for Commercial PropertiesCommercial Properties at Risk?

Are sinking slabs or structures putting your commercial property at risk?

Unlevel concrete parking lots, walkways, showroom floors, factory floors, warehouses, loading docks and more can adversely affect your property value and increase the chance of injury and costly litigation.

Concrete Leveling is the Solution

Ground Consolidation Services can scan the soil beneath your slabs and structures with ground penetrating radar, fill dangerous voids, stabilize loose soil and lift sunken concrete to restore peace of mind and protect your property values.

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

Atlanta Sinkhole Repair Case Study

GCS on Jun 17, 2019 11:43:01 AM

Atlanta Sinkhole Repair Case Study

Atlanta Sinkhole Repair Case StudyWe recently had a job in which a homeowner was dealing with a 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep sinkhole in her front yard.  She kept having to pay a landscaper to add dirt to it...and it kept on sinking.  The sinkhole was precariously located near her driveway.  The edge of the sinkhole was beginning to create a void underneath the driveway slab, putting the entire driveway at risk.

We drove injection pipes down until they hit solid soil and then injected AP Lift 430, one of the most popular Alchemy-Spetec high-strength lifting foams.  AP Lift 430 is a very light weight foam that is at the same time extremely dense and strong.  This foam provides maximum support with minimum weight (heavier solutions such as cement grout can sink after installation, bringing your slab back down again).  The foam consolidated with the loose soil to form a solid mass and raised it back up to level while keeping the sod (surface grass) intact. 

In addition to repairing the sinkhole, we addressed its cause (unstable soil) instead of glossing over the problem by piling more soil on top.  The homeowner was extremely pleased and made it clear that GCS exceeded her expectations.

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Topics: All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Sinkhole Repair

Ground Consolidation Services: What We Do

GCS on Jun 12, 2019 2:58:55 PM
Ground Consolidation Services: What We Do
Ground Consolidation Services: What We DoGround Consolidation Services lifts slabs, stabilizes soil, and fills voids with efficient and durable high-strength polyurethane resin. Prior to the soil repair process, GCS uses the Deep Look GPR system to reveal the full extent of sub-surface problems endangering your slab or structure.

Concrete Leveling

Sunken slabs or structures create trip hazards, liability risks and are often a sign of further damage to come if the problem is left unaddressed. Fortunately, they can be leveled with high strength polyurethane resin. In optimal conditions, slabs and structures can often be lifted to within 1/8” of their original level. Polyurethane slab lifting is much more efficient and a lot less expensive than demolishing and replacing the slab or structure.

Stabilizing Soil

Unstable soil often causes structural cracking, cave-ins, and sinkholes.  Fortunately, soil can be stabilized and water infiltration stopped with polyurethane resins. Once the soil has been consolidated and strengthened, any slabs or structures resting on it can be leveled if needed.

Pressure Grouting

Unstable soil is a constant threat to structures and slabs that depend on a solid foundation. Some problems require compaction grouting (solid columns of grout), while other problems require permeation grouting (grout mixed in with the soil). Both types of pressure grouting provide lasting support for your valuable buildings and infrastructure.

Filling Voids

Undetected voids are a silent threat that can cause slabs and structures to sink or collapse without warning. Neglect can result in serious injury, litigation and even death.  GCS can protect your property and assets from these possibilities with the latest void detection and repair technologies.

Soil Scanning with Radar

The Deep Look wireless ground penetrating radar system uses a patent pending unique triple frequency antenna design to create the most accurate image possible of the area beneath your valuable structures.  Conventional single frequency antenna GPR systems cannot deliver the same level of clarity.  Ground Consolidation Services will use the Deep Look GPR to take remove all uncertainty and take the guesswork out of the diagnostic process.  A crystal clear understanding of the problem provides the best foundation for accurate, durable and lasting repairs.

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Void Fill, Deep Lift, Soil Testing, Pressure Grouting

Industrial Slab Lifting in Atlanta

GCS on Jun 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Industrial Slab Lifting in Atlanta

Industrial Slab Lifting in AtlantaLike most structures, large industrial facilities with concrete slab floors function best with stable soil underneath.  Owners and managers of these facilities have a variety of options when faced with unstable soil, sinking slabs or rocking slabs...

Do Nothing

The problem will grow and the longer you wait, the more expensive the repair.

Replace

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

Lift 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.

Lift with Polymer Foam

This procedure uses light equipment and material, small drill holes and makes less of a mess.  We use Alchemy-Spetec's industry-leading high-strength AP Lift Foam for maximum reliability.

AP Lift Foam vs Cement Grout

100% Focus on Customer Satisfaction

Our objective is to minimize your downtime while ensuring a long term solution for your concrete slab. We are determined to create a customer experience worthy of referral.

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization

Your Source for Warehouse Slab Stabilization in Atlanta

GCS on Jun 5, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Your Source for Warehouse Slab Stabilization in Atlanta

Your Source for Warehouse Slab Stabilization in AtlantaUnstable Warehouse Slabs

The soil beneath warehouse slabs needs to be stable and strong on a consistent basis. Sinking or rocking slabs can cause injury and litigation risk that no property owner should have to deal with.  The good news is that you have a choice, even if your slabs are not sinking or rocking yet!

Warehouse Slab Repair

Ground Consolidation Services can detect soil issues beneath your slabs before any sign of trouble appears on the surface. Even if signs of trouble are already apparent, GCS can fill voids, stabilize soil and lift sunken slabs with high-strength polyurethane foam.

If you own or manage a warehouse, do NOT ignore the risk of injury and litigation that stems from unsupported, unstable or sinking slabs.  Call GCS today at 678-337-8374 for a free estimate.

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

Commercial and Residential Concrete Leveling

GCS on Jun 3, 2019 2:45:25 PM

Commercial and Residential Concrete Leveling

Commercial and Residential Concrete Leveling

Ground Consolidation Services repairs slab and soil issues in both the commercial and residential sectors. Single homes, multi-unit residential complexes, factories, warehouses and retail showrooms are just a few of the property types we service. Slabs and structures are stabilized and/or lifted with high-strength polyurethane foam.

Residential Slab Lifting

GCS repairs sunken concrete slabs in the following types of residential structures and more…

  • Driveways
  • Pool Decks
  • Sidewalks

Commercial Slab Lifting

GCS repairs sunken concrete slabs in the following types of commercial structures and more…

  • Factory Floors
  • Warehouse Floors
  • Showroom Floors

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Void Fill, Deep Lift

Repairing Sinking Foundations in Atlanta

GCS on May 31, 2019 9:09:29 AM

Repairing Sinking Foundations in Atlanta

Repairing Sinking Foundations in Atlanta

Lifting Foundations

Ground Consolidation Services uses a unique combination of high-quality structural lifting foams and equipment to address deep soil issues. We achieve soil densification and lifting on large projects with the smallest footprint and least amount of heavy equipment required.

Deep Lift™ Process

The Deep Lift™ process, featuring custom deep soil lifting foams from Alchemy-Spetec, is powerful, painless, and rapid. This procedure gets to the root of the problems in the soil as it brings the structure back to level. All of this is accomplished with minimal imposition or downtime to the property owner.

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Sinkhole Remediation in the Atlanta Area

GCS on May 24, 2019 11:57:38 AM

Repairing Sinking Foundations in Atlanta

Repairing Sinking Foundations in Atlanta

It's important to note that when we talk about sinkhole remediation in the Atlanta area, we are referring to smaller sinkholes than what you see in the news whenever a Florida house completely vanishes into the ground.  The sinkholes we get calls about are usually much less dramatic.  That being said, any unstable soil that begins to cave-in or crater on your property can definitely be a threat to your valuable slabs and structures.  There are two solutions for sinkholes... 

Filling Voids with Polyurethane

Undetected voids are a silent threat that can cause sinkholes, making slabs and structures sink slowly or even collapse without warning. Neglect can result in serious injury, litigation and even death.  GCS can protect your property and assets from these possibilities with the latest void detection and void repair technologies.

Stabilizing Soil with Polyurethane

Unstable soil often causes sinkholes, resulting in structural cracking and even cave-ins.  Fortunately, soil can be stabilized and water infiltration stopped with polyurethane resins. Once the soil has been consolidated and strengthened, any slabs or structures resting on it can be leveled if needed.

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

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