Repair Your Concrete to Prepare Your Home for Sale

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

Repair Your Concrete to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Repair Your Concrete to Prepare Your Home for SaleProtecting Your Property Value

One effective way to increase the value of your home, and increase the speed at which it sells, is to make some simple soil and concrete repairs.  Sinking driveways, pool decks, garage floors, front steps and foundations can be an eye sore and a safety risk.  When preparing your home for sale, it's important to make sure all of these areas have been inspected and repaired if necessary.

Soil Inspection

Groud Consolidation Services uses a wireless ground penetrating radar system to create accurate images of the area beneath your concrete structures.  This process removes 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.

Concrete Leveling

Sunken structures create trip hazards, liability risks and are often a sign of further damage to come. But 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.

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How Constant Rainfall Undermines Concrete Structures

GCS on Aug 30, 2019 1:26:14 PM

How Constant Rainfall Undermines Concrete Structures

How Constant Rainfall Undermines Concrete StructuresRainwater & Erosion

Simply put, rainfall causes erosion. Erosion occurs when rainwater removes soil or rock from a certain location and transports it to another location. Erosion ultimately destabilizes soil and in extreme cases can lead to landslides and sinkholes. Rainwater erosion can also cause smaller scale issues such as sinking slabs, voids underneath your structure, or unstable soil that may at some point become a problem.

Repairing Eroded Soil

After investing money in the construction or purchase of a building, the last thing you want is for erosion to put your investment at risk. GCS can fill voids, consolidate soil and halt water migration by permeating the soil with the highly effective Alchemy-Spetec polymer resins we use. Once the bearing capacity of the soil has been increased with this process, then the structure can be lifted if necessary. 

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Put Your Homeowners Association Dues to Better Use with Polyurethane Concrete Leveling

GCS on Aug 28, 2019 10:32:24 AM

Put Your Homeowners Association Dues to Better Use with Polyurethane Concrete Leveling

Put Your Homeowners Association Dues to Better Use with Polyurethane Concrete LevelingDo you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association?  If so, you need to alert them to the dangers of unstable soil and sinking concrete.

As the humorous graphic included in today's blog post indicates, neglected unstable soil issues can quickly consume your home improvement funds, and it won't be a positive experience. 

Ground Consolidation Services lifts slabsstabilizes 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.

- From the GCS blog article Ground Consolidation Services: What We Do.  

The illustration below will give you a quick idea of how the polyurethane concrete leveling process works.  High-strength lifting foam is injected underneath the concrete slab to shore up the weak soil or fill the void.

Slab Lift Residential - Web Resolution

Contact GCS today to schedule a presentation for YOUR homeowners association.  Call 678-337-8374 now!

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Lifting Concrete Parking Lot Slabs

GCS on Aug 9, 2019 1:59:30 PM

Lifting Concrete Parking Lot Slabs

Lifting Concrete Parking Lot SlabsConcrete parking lot slabs at convenience stores, gas stations, office parks, shopping malls, apartment complexes, schools, factories, and the ground floors of multi-level parking decks are all vulnerable to settling issues. 

If you own or manage properties with concrete parking lot slabs, you would be wise to get the soil beneath those slabs tested on a regular basis.  Ground penetrating radar and other methods can reveal dangerous voids before any problems occur. 

If any of the slabs on your property have already started sinking, make sure you understand the trip hazards and litigation risks you now face.  Injuries to customers, employees, and others from trip and fall accidents are much more likely with sunken slabs in your parking lot.  In addition, there is also the risk of vehicle damage.

Ground Consolidation Services offers free repair estimates for sunken slabs and a soil testing and imaging service for preventative measures.  Call 678-337-8374 to talk to a specialist today.

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School Floor Collapse

GCS on Aug 7, 2019 2:07:17 PM

School floor collapse

School floor collapse

As we state on our Filling Voids page...

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.

Nothing illustrates this concept more clearly than a recent video from Brazil.  Luckily, no one was seriously injured when a school floor collapsed beneath a room full of students.

Click here to see the video which is embedded in an article about the incident.

The students and school administrators were lucky in this case, since everyone escaped unscathed for the most part.  Will you be as lucky if a similar incident occurs on your property?

As we point out on our Ground Penetrating Radar page...

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.  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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Leveling and Stabilizing Pool Deck Slabs in the Atlanta Area

GCS on Jul 31, 2019 5:12:59 PM

Leveling and Stabilizing Pool Deck Slabs in the Atlanta Area

Leveling and Stabilizing Pool Deck Slabs in the Atlanta AreaWe posted a blog article this past Spring titled Eliminate Pool Deck Trip Hazards Before the Summer.  In case you missed it, here's an excerpt...

There are a couple very common causes for the soil washout that creates the environment for a sinking pool deck slab:

  1. Cracks in the pool structure leaking water into and soil and washing it out.

  2. Loose back-fill on sloping properties.

The first cause is pretty self explanatory.  The second cause may need a little elaboration. Basically, if a pool is built on sloping property, the construction team will back-fill soil onto the side of the pool that needs it. If this soil is not compacted properly, it can start to washout over time.

Regardless of the cause, soil washout removes support from the pool deck slab and creates the condition for sinking.

In our blog post Atlanta Area Pool Deck Repair, we describe the GCS pool deck repair process from an actual job...

We repaired the problem by first filling the void with high strength polyurethane foam, and then leveling the sunken slabs.  The foam strengthens the soil as it cures, to prevent it from washing out.  In addition to the incredible strength of the foam, its light weight provides an advantage over alternate methods such as “mudjacking” with cementitious grout.  Heavier cement-based grouts will often sink or slide over time.

An additional advantage was the reduction of trip hazards due the leveling of the slabs.  Potential injury and litigation risks due to unlevel slabs were eliminated.

This repair took a maximum of about 6 hours.  The pool deck was ready for use 30 minutes after the crew cleaned up and left.  The customer was happy with the efficient and thorough repair job.

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

Avoid the Voids!

GCS on Jul 12, 2019 4:02:40 PM

Banner Avoid the Voids!

Blog Avoid the Voids!We've posted a few articles so far on the subject of filling dangerous voids with polyurethane - and for good reason!  As we state on our website's Filling Voids page:

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.

Needless to say, this is serious business. Let's take a look at some essential information excerpted from void fill blog posts we've published so far.

Filling Voids with Polyurethane Foam in Atlanta

There are many areas in which soil voids in and around structures may present a danger to the building and/or the people inhabiting the space. Sometimes these voids aren't even noticed until damage has been done to the structure.  For example, a slab sinks after soil beneath it erodes away and forms a void.  Or a crack appears in a wall because the foundation is sinking due to voids in the soil that was once supporting it.  Pool decks can crack and large sections can sink due to voids appearing underneath.  This can cause a dangerous trip hazard for people using the pool.  Rocking slabs in a warehouse or factory floor can also be a sign of voids underneath. In all these cases, safety can be returned to the structures by filling the voids with high-strength polyurethane foam (and then lifting the slab or structure if needed).

Read more from the post, Filling Voids with Polyurethane Foam in Atlanta...

Filling Dangerous Voids Under Garage Slabs

Large gaps in the soil beneath the floor of your garage are a red-alert problem for variety of reasons:

  • Your garage floor is likely supporting a vehicle. We link to this video quite often, but it is very relevant here: click to view cars falling through a collapsing floor. You definitely do not want this happening in your garage.
  • Many people store valuable tools and equipment in their garage. How much did all your tools, your riding lawnmower, and all that other equipment cost you?
  • People are more valuable than any car or piece of equipment could ever be. Don't put your family and friends at risk.

Read more from the post, Filling Dangerous Voids Under Garage Slabs...

Excessive Rain Creates Dangerous Voids Under Slabs & Structures

Excessive rain can often lead to soil washout underneath slabs and structures.  The voids created by soil washout can lead to sinking or, in some cases, dangerous collapse of the slab or even the structure itself.

Properties with healthy and adequate drainage systems (French drains, catch basins, etc) are the least likely to be affected by heavy rainfall.  However, clogged drainage systems, improperly designed systems, or in the worst case - properties with NO drainage system, all pose a significant risk during periods of excessive rain. 

Read more from the post, Excessive Rain Creates Dangerous Voids Under Slabs & Structures...

Undetected Voids Can Lead to Catastrophic Slab Failure

See this photo? Take a close look.
 
Avoid-the-Voids-Catastrophic-Failure
 
You do not want this happening to your slab. Injury and litigation risks are a very real possibility for property owners who neglect inspection of the soil beneath their slabs. Even if your slabs are level, you may still want to get the soil underneath checked out. Unstable soil eventually causes structural cracking, cave-ins, and sinkholes. 
 
 

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Filling Dangerous Voids Under Garage Slabs

GCS on Jun 28, 2019 2:37:33 PM

FILLING DANGEROUS VOIDS UNDER GARAGE SLABS

FILLING DANGEROUS VOIDS UNDER GARAGE SLABSWhy Voids Under Garage Floors are Dangerous

We've recently been getting quite a few calls about a dangerous situation that is generally pretty easy to repair: voids under garage slabs.  Large gaps in the soil beneath the floor of your garage are a red-alert problem for variety of reasons:

  • Your garage floor is likely supporting a vehicle. We link to this video quite often, but it is very relevant here: click to view cars falling through a collapsing floor. You definitely do not want this happening in your garage.
  • Many people store valuable tools and equipment in their garage. How much did all your tools, your riding lawnmower, and all that other equipment cost you?
  • People are more valuable than any car or piece of equipment could ever be. Don't put your family and friends at risk.

Signs You Might Have a Void Under Your Garage Floor

There are a few key indicators you should look for when trying to determine the stability of soil underneath your garage:

  • Are there cracks in your slab?
  • When you gently tap on your slab with a hammer, does it sound "hollow"?
  • Is your slab sinking?

If you find any of these signs in your garage, call GCS at 678-337-8374 for a free evaluation. (If you notice any of the above at the edge of the driveway near your garage floor, the void could extend under the driveway as well.)

The good news is that filling voids is generally an efficient fix. And you can use the slab in as little as 45 minutes after the repair job is done.

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

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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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