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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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

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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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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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

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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What Lurks Beneath Your Valuable Structures?

GCS on May 8, 2019 4:22:40 PM

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Sounds like a horror movie title, doesn't it? Well, property managers and owners may very well find themselves in the middle of a real life horror story if they neglect the 5 warning signs that a structure may need slab lifting or stabilization. It's well documented that undetected voids can lead to catastrophic slab failure

As we thoroughly explore in our blog posts Trip Hazards and Litigation Risks Part 1 and Part 2, there are a myriad of harsh consequences for failing to act when warning signs are present. The good news is that you don't even have to wait for the warning signs to get your slabs and structures checked out. Ground Consolidation Services offers soil imaging and testing services that can detect threats well in advance. 

GCS can protect your valuable property by filling voids, stabilizing soil and/or lifting slabs and structures with high-strength polyurethane resin.

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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