Stabilizing a House with Polyurethane Foam

GCS on Dec 12, 2018 5:04:36 PM

Stabilizing a House with AP 475. Voids underneath a structure can result in damage. Installation of AP 475 foam secures structures and prevents damage.

Eroded soil and voids underneath a structure can result in settlement and damage to the structure. Ground Consolidation Services can fill these dangerous voids with high strength polyurethane foam that supports up to 14,000 pounds per square foot.

In this video from our polyurethane supplier Alchemy-Spetec, you'll see the back half of a residence resting on nothing but its frame and thin air. Installation of polyurethane foam secures the structure and prevents potentially catastrophic damage. 

Watch the video below...

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Topics: All Posts, Soil Stabilization

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

GCS on Nov 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Concrete leveling can prevent trip hazards. Un-level concrete could - in a worst case scenario - result in a serious injury, death, and/or a lawsuit. Read more...

In the previous installment of this two-part series, we looked at common slab settlement danger zones, causes of sinking slabs, and the many risks of neglecting a known trip hazard. This time around we’ll review the two most common non-polyurethane repair options, and then explore the three most common types of polyurethane slab repairs.

Non-Polyurethane Repair Options

Concrete leveling can prevent trip hazards. Un-level concrete could - in a worst case scenario - result in a serious injury, death, and/or a lawsuit. Read more...

Aside from polyurethane repair, you have two other options: replacing the slab or mudjacking it with cement grout.  There are drawbacks for both.

Tear Out and Replace

Ripping out a slab and putting in a new one has three main disadvantages.  Namely, the process is…

  • Environmentally unfriendly (landfill bound?).
  • Messy (requiring heavy equipment and possibly damaging the surrounding area).
  • Time consuming.

Mudjack with Cement Grout

Concrete leveling can prevent trip hazards. Un-level concrete could - in a worst case scenario - result in a serious injury, death, and/or a lawsuit. Read more...

Mudjacking may be less expensive than replacement, but you are still facing a number of issues.

  • It’s still a messy process.
  • Cement grout washes out.
  • The grout is heavy and can sink over time.
  • The grout can crack and shrink over time.
  • Not an impermeable water tight solution.

Structural Polyurethane Repair

Polyurethane repair has distinct advantages over replacement and mudjacking.

  • Very clean installation process.
  • Lighter than cement mudjacking grout and won’t sink over time.
  • Will not shrink.
  • Closed cell structure makes it water impermeable.
  • Typically less expensive than replacement.
  • Less time consuming to apply than a mudjacking or replacement solution, and ready for traffic 45 minutes after application.

Trip hazard repair with polyurethane resin can require one or a combination of the following three approaches: lifting, soil stabilization and void fill.  Let’s take a close look at all three…

Lifting

Sunken concrete slabs can be lifted back into place with a-two component structural polymer foam designed to work in wet or dry conditions. The expansion force of the foam coupled with the pressure of a proportioner pump generate enough controlled force to lift virtually any structure back into position within 1/10” of the intended level.

Soil Stabilization

Unstable, eroded, or loose soil below infrastructure can result in settlement, damage to the structure above, and of course – trip hazards. Voids can be filled, soil consolidated, and water migration halted by permeating the soil with one of the ultra low viscosity polymer resins we use for stabilization. Once the bearing capacity of the soil has been increased with this process (soil has been stabilized), then the structure can be lifted with our slab lifting process.

Void Fill

Water erosion beneath slabs can cause voids to form that weaken the structural integrity and allow higher water pressure to develop. Filling these voids with rapidly expanding foam that is designed to react in the presence of water will return integrity to the structure and prevent trip hazards. We use polyurethane resins designed specifically for this type of application.

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

Repair Unlevel Atlanta Warehouse Slabs with Polyurethane Foam

GCS on Nov 21, 2018 12:04:49 PM

Repair unlevel Atlanta warehouse slabs with polyurethane foam. It is great for warehouse floors that rock or have begun to sink.

Repair unlevel Atlanta warehouse slabs with polyurethane foam. It is great for warehouse floors that rock or have begun to sink. 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.

Voids beneath warehouse floors can also be filled with this high-strength polyurethane foam. This product is great for slabs that rock and warehouse floors that have begun to sink. 

With this extremely effective stabilization procedure, unlevel rocking slabs can be repaired at a rapid pace.  

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Topics: All Posts, Slab Lifting, Soil Stabilization

Warehouse and Industrial Slab Repair in Atlanta

GCS on Nov 19, 2018 3:14:49 PM

How warehouse and industrial slab repair with polyurethane creates a safer environment for both property owners and employees. Learn more...

One of the hidden dangers a warehouse or industrial property owner and their employees can face is an unstable or sunken slab with a large void underneath.  The last thing anyone wants is injury and/or a lawsuit resulting from an un-repaired trip hazard or worse - a complete slab collapse.  Take a good long look at the photo below.  This occurred when a forklift carrying a heavy piece of equipment crossed a slab with an un-detected void underneath.  Luckily, no one was injured.

WE CAN PREVENT THE DISASTER DEPICTED IN THIS PHOTO... 

How warehouse and industrial slab repair with polyurethane creates a safer environment for both property owners and employees. Learn more...

This video below explains GCS soil and slab repair services.  Take a couple minutes to watch it and then give us a call at 678-337-8374.  

 

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Topics: Slab Lifting, Soil Stabilization, All Posts