Concrete Problem Signs
Your concrete can show signs of damage in many ways. Here are some common issues you may notice around your property.
Cracking concrete looks bad, it's dangerous, and it's only going to get worse the longer it is not fixed.
Does your sidewalk seem to be sinking into the ground? Do you have uneven concrete in certain places? If so, you need to look into concrete lifting. In addition to lifting your concrete slabs out of the sunken ground, we can also fill any cracks and voids in sidewalks and your basement floor. While unevenness and cracks in your sidewalk may not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to home repair, it is just as important as maintaining your home’s foundation. Our concrete lifting and repair services can remediate issues with your concrete, improving the look of your home’s sidewalks, pool decks, and driveways.
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Concrete Lifting Solutions
At Baker’s, we utilize skilled technicians, innovative solutions, and specialized technology to properly repair your home’s concrete. You can rest assured that our team will find the best fix to your concrete issues around your home.
Lift and repair your cracked concrete driveway with our PolyRenewal™ system.
Eliminate unsightly cracking and uneven tripping hazards in the concrete around your pool deck with our concrete lifting system.
If you have a concrete sidewalk that is cracked or uneven, it not only looks bad, but it can lead to a fall or serious injury.
PolyRenewal™ can restore your unlevel interior slabs to their original condition.
Is Concrete Lifting the Right Solution for Me?
Having uneven, cracked concrete is not only an ugly sight to see, but it can also lead to potential accidents. Sunken concrete can cause your home’s external stairs to sag, which can use you or someone else to potentially take a misstep and fall. Cracked concrete can also cause you and others to trip and fall, leading to a potential fall and serious injury. Cracks in your garage floor can lead to a wet garage where mold can form, and you are susceptible to slipping on standing water.
These floor cracks can also cause your basement to leak. That is why it is important to have concrete lifting experts evaluate your home’s concrete for anything that might need repair. It is important to act quickly if you see cracks in your driveway, sidewalk, or garage as these issues can lead to more costly problems. We offer FREE, no-obligation inspections, so you can be sure something is wrong before you spend any money.
Much like the basement and crawl space solutions, many of the foundation and concrete lifting repair options tend to overlap each other. Some of these include the various pier systems. Foundation repair experts may recommend push piers, helical piers, or slab piers depending on the type of damage and foundation you have. They also differ in their shape, installation, and is dependent on the soil type of your home.
There are also many reinforcement systems for strictly foundation walls. The SettleStop Wall Anchor System is installed deep into your soil to support weakened foundation walls from the outside. For a less invasive solution, there is also the SettleStop IntelliBrace™ that can be installed directly onto the inside of your foundation wall and can work to prevent further damage and may even straighten it over time. The SettleStop Carbon Fiber Wall Reinforcing System is ideal for those who have less space or those who want to simultaneously pull wall cracks closed as well.
For concrete lifting, SettleStop PolyRenewal™ injection foam is dually functional. It is an incredibly lightweight foam that expands and can support even the heaviest of concrete slabs and even lift it back into its original position over time. It is also waterproof, so it can protect against soil erosion and thus, soil compaction, and concrete settlement.
Yes. In fact, we recommend that our PolyRenewal™ customers seal the cracks and joints of their newly lifted concrete with our Caulk Joints solution, as it will help protect their concrete for many years to come.
Call or click for an appointment. One of our design specialists will come to your home and inspect your concrete. He or she will then sit down with you and explain what caused your issues, how they can be fixed and exactly what it will cost.
SettleStop PolyRenewal™ foam injection is one of the most effective and widely used concrete lifting and stabilization products on the market today and for good reason! When compared to older, more traditional repair methods like mudjacking, polyurethane foam is less messy, easier to install, less likely to overburden already weak soil, and cures far more quickly than the slurry used in mudjacking. This makes it a very effective and stable solution – that is, when installed by a skilled professional.
SettleStop PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam can be used in two main ways. Firstly, it can be used alone to lift and secure individual concrete slabs or small structures and surfaces. Secondly, it can be used in conjunction with more robust measures, like slab piers, in order to provide extra support and fill voids that have been left under previously sunken structures and surfaces. This makes SettleStop PolyRenewal™ a highly versatile and adaptable solution.
Whichever capacity it is being used in, SettleStop PolyRenewal™ has a relatively straightforward installation process. First, holes are drilled into the damaged surface so that injection ports can be installed. After this, the two-part foam will be mixed to give the right level of expansion and force. Once it is injected into the void under the sunken or damaged surface, the process of lifting will be carefully monitored to ensure that the slab or surface is raised to its original position (no higher). Once this has been done, the injection ports will be removed, and the foam will be allowed to set. This process should leave no immediately noticeable trace once the injection sites have been cleaned and tidied.
SettleStop PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam injection is one of the most common and popular concrete lifting processes on the market today. We at Baker’s Waterproofing stand behind this product as a high-quality, efficient alternative to heritage repair processes like mudjacking. Whereas mudjacking uses a heavy, porous slurry that’s pumped into the void beneath a surface in order to create pressure and lift, SettleStop PolyRenewal™ uses a lightweight, waterproof foam that creates an expansive force on its own.
The difference between the materials used is crucial here, because it makes all the difference to the effectiveness, stability, and safety of the process. The slurry used in mudjacking runs the risk of overburdening already weak soil and increases the risk of recurring sinking and damage. Polyurethane foam, by contrast, is very light in proportion to its strength, meaning that it will not add weight to already weak soil.
Better yet, polyurethane foam is waterproof and inert. This means that it will not absorb water, which would add weight, and it will not leach chemicals into the earth underneath your Pittsburgh home and its exterior surfaces. This is better for your property and your yard, of course, but also for your health and wellbeing in the long-run (especially if you grow vegetables or fruits in your garden). So, in short, yes: SettleStop PolyRenewal™ is an incredibly safe and effective concrete lifting method that will provide you with great results and very little risk.
Yes. PolyRenewal™ is made from an environmentally friendly material that is waterproof and won’t degrade over time. This means it won’t leach harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil.
Why Is Concrete Lifting Needed?
It is very easy for a person to trip on cracked or uneven concrete. Falling on concrete is a painful experience that can cause minor to major injuries. This can be a liability to you as a homeowner. When concrete connected to your external stairs begins to sink, it can cause your stairs to shift quite a bit. This means that you or anyone else going up or down your stairs could easily trip not noticing the shift in the stairs. Garage floor cracks can lead to water coming through, causing another slipping hazard. Protect yourself and your houseguests by keeping your sidewalk, driveway, and garage floors free of cracks.
Increasing Property Value
If you plan on selling your property, any potential buyers will notice any cracks in your sidewalk, garage, and driveway. To increase your home’s value on the market, you must fix any unsightly cracks or unevenness in the concrete around your property. As mentioned above, cracks can cause accidents. This makes your home a safety hazard, which can deter prospective buyers. Cracks can also cause water to pool, creating another tripping hazard, as well as water damage to things you may have stored in your home’s garage. Seeing standing water will almost certainly scare away those interested in your home.
Preventing Water Leaks & Standing Water
Water leaks can come through any voids in your concrete. Standing water seeping through your concrete slabs becomes a slipping hazard. If water comes in from cracks in your garage floor, then your personal possessions are at risk of being damaged by water. Mold and mildew can also begin to form in the humid environment of your garage. Mold can cause harm to you, your family, and your belongings. That is why properly lifting and sealing your cracked concrete can keep your home free of water damage and your family safe from health issues caused by mold.
Common Concrete Lifting Tips & Mistakes
Tips for Concrete Lifting
- Assess your entire property for any cracks. Be sure to check your driveway, sidewalk, garage floors, and even your home’s foundation. Take note of any cracks found, and contact our concrete lifting experts for an examination, and, if needed, remediation.
- Take note of any water coming from cracks in your concrete. Standing water will pool around the cracks, causing mold to form and pesky insects like mosquitoes to gather. Standing water is also a slipping hazard that can cause serious injuries.
- You should do your research when hiring a concrete lifting professional. At Baker’s, you can trust that our technology and technicians are ideal for taking on cracked and uneven concrete. We offer FREE inspections, so reach out today!
Mistakes to Avoid
- Ignoring cracks in your concrete. Cracks in concrete can gradually grow, damaging more of your property. This lessens your property value, increases the chance for water damage, and can potentially cause you or guests to trip and fall.
- Don’t assume that you can just add caulk to a crack in your concrete. At Baker’s, we have innovative systems and skilled technicians that can easily lift concrete and fix cracks. So, please don’t assume cracks in your concrete is an easy DIY project.
- Mudjacking is no longer the most effective solution to fixing your sunken concrete problems. With PolyRenewal™, we inject a polyurethane foam that lifts up your concrete. With mudjacking, water can loosen the soil, causing your concrete to sink in once again.
Find your service area
The way year-round precipitation interacts with varied soil can wreak havoc on your Morgantown home’s foundation. Keep it sturdy and water-free with quality solutions from Baker’s Waterproofing.
Your home's foundation, basement, concrete, and crawl space can all be damaged by Pittsburgh's clay-like soil and damp environment, resulting in dangerous structural instability.
Altoona has a mix of sandy and silty soil, which constantly expands and contracts when it absorbs water. This puts pressure on your foundation and damages the structure of your basement, crawl space, and concrete. Baker’s has solutions to protect your home from issues.
Leaking basements and cracking foundations can happen in Harrisburg homes that are not properly protected from the area’s varied soil and wet weather. Baker’s Waterproofing has you covered with trusted, long-lasting basement, foundation, crawl space, and concrete solutions.
Johnstown’s environment and native soils aren’t a great combination for your basement, crawl space, or concrete foundation. Above-average precipitation and silty clay soil create unstable ground beneath your home, and lead to water damage in the long run.
Lancaster has a rather wet environment with humid and rainy summers, along with cold and snowy winters. When combined with the area’s silty, gravelly soil, these conditions threaten the structure of your foundation. But Baker’s has world-class solutions that keep your home safe.
State College, PA
State College has silty loam soils which don’t drain water very well. This is a big problem for your foundation because the area receives above-average amounts of yearly rain and snow. Eventually, water breaks down the soil and damages your foundation, but Baker’s has solutions for the problem.
York County, PA
York County receives high amounts of annual precipitation and has silty loam soils that are easily washed away and eroded. This combination easily causes damage to your foundation, and Baker’s has world-class solutions and experience to keep your home protected.
Central PA Metro Area
Wet basements and cracking foundations in Central PA homes are common but dangerous. Baker’s Waterproofing is known for our expertise and reliable solutions that will keep your home permanently dry and stable.
Lehigh Valley Metro Area
Cities located in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania receive above-average amounts of rain and snow and have silty loam soil that is easily washed away. This puts your foundation at risk, but Baker’s has world-class experience and solutions that keep your home protected.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Metro Area
Silty soil native to the Scranton and Wilkes Barre areas of Pennsylvania is poorly drained, meaning you may have water management issues on your property.