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Lifting Concrete - A Precise and Permanent Solution

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Apr 11, 2024 10:00:00 AM

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Body - Lifting Concrete - A Precise and Permanent SolutionDo you have sinking or uneven concrete slabs around your home? Not only can they be an eyesore, but uneven walkways, driveways, and patios can also create tripping hazards and lead to costly accidents. Many homeowners assume their only option is to rip out the old concrete and pour new slabs. However, professional slab lifting offers a much better solution. Lifting concrete is a precise, permanent fix without the chaos and cost of ripping out and replacing old slabs. Keep reading to discover why slab lifting with polyurethane foam is the smart choice.

Concrete Leveling with Pinpoint Accuracy

The latest slab lifting techniques utilize expanding polyurethane foam to raise concrete slabs. Technicians drill small holes in the slab and inject the foam underneath. As the foam expands, it fills all the gaps and voids under the slab, providing stability and support as it gently lifts the slab back into place. Experienced technicians can control the process to within 1/8 inch of the desired height, ensuring you get a slab that is level, smooth, and seamlessly matches the surrounding concrete. In contrast, old-fashioned mudjacking is far less precise.

A Permanent Fix That Lasts for Decades

In addition to being more accurate, slab lifting with polyurethane is also more durable. The special polymers used are lightweight yet incredibly strong. They lock into place, providing permanent stability that won't sink, sag, or wash out over time. In fact, polyurethane is stronger than the bedrock underneath your home! On the other hand, the heavy cement-based slurry used in mudjacking is prone to erosion, shrinkage, and cracking which can cause your slab to become uneven again. Rather than settling for a temporary fix, choose a permanent solution.

Fast, Clean, and Environmentally-Friendly

Moreover, slab lifting with polyurethane foam is less disruptive than pouring new concrete. You won't have to wait for days as the concrete hardens since the foam cures to 90% strength in just 15 minutes. This means your slab can be back in service the same day. The holes needed for injecting foam are also much smaller than those for pumping heavy cement, resulting in a cleaner and less intrusive process. Furthermore, you can feel good knowing that Alchatek's polyurethane foams are NSF-certified to meet strict environmental standards.

Find a Qualified Slab Lifting Contractor

Ultimately, the key to a successful concrete lifting project is hiring experienced professionals. At Alchatek, we work with experienced slab lifting contractors across the world. Our partners use industry-leading products and techniques to deliver outstanding results for homeowners like you.

Fill out this form or call 404-618-0438 for a contractor referral today!

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Sidewalk Leveling with Polyurethane

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Apr 9, 2024 10:00:00 AM

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Body - Sidewalk Leveling with PolyurethaneSunken and uneven sidewalks are a common problem that can create trip hazards. Luckily, there's a fast and effective solution: sidewalk leveling using high-strength polyurethane foam. This innovative technique can raise sidewalks back to their proper height with minimal disruption and downtime compared to concrete replacement.

The Problems with Sunken Sidewalks

Sidewalk slabs can sink and settle over time due to various factors. For instance, poor drainage or leaking pipes can cause soil erosion and instability. Additionally, construction crews may poorly compact soil and backfill, leading to settling. Furthermore, buried organic material can biologically decay, also contributing to the problem. Consequently, these issues ultimately result in uneven, hazardous walking surfaces that endanger pedestrians. Traditionally, fixing sunken sidewalks required demolishing and re-pouring the concrete - a costly, time-consuming process.

How Sidewalk Leveling with Polyurethane Works

However, polyurethane concrete leveling contractors offer a much simpler alternative. The process involves several steps. First, contractors drill small holes in the sunken slabs. Next, they inject expandable polyurethane foam underneath. As the foam expands, it raises and levels the slabs. Finally, they patch the drill holes for a seamless appearance.

The injected foam fills any voids, compacts loose soil, and provides a stable base to support the concrete. Moreover, contractors can achieve precise lifting for a perfectly level slab. The foam reaches 90% strength within 15 minutes, allowing contractors to put sidewalks back into service on the same day in most cases.

The Advantages of Polyurethane Concrete Leveling

Compared to tearing out and replacing concrete, polyurethane slab leveling offers numerous advantages. Firstly, it is faster, with contractors completing many jobs in a day or two. Secondly, it is more affordable, providing significant savings versus replacement. Thirdly, it is less disruptive, requiring no heavy equipment or excavation. Additionally, the cured foam is stronger than bedrock, ensuring a longer-lasting solution. Lastly, Alchatek is NSF-certified to comply with strict environmental standards.

Fill out this form or call 404-618-0438 for a contractor referral today!

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The Cost of Concrete Leveling

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Apr 4, 2024 10:00:00 AM

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Body - The Cost of Concrete LevelingWhen fixing sunken or uneven concrete slabs, homeowners have a few options: repair with polyurethane, repair with mudjacking material, or replace the slab. Both polyurethane and mudjacking material lift and stabilize affected slabs without the need for complete demolition and replacement. However, notable differences exist between these approaches in price, effectiveness, and longevity. The cost of concrete leveling depends on these factors. 

Polyurethane Concrete Leveling vs Mudjacking

Polyurethane concrete leveling contractors inject a liquid resin beneath the sunken slab. The resin expands into a foam, solidifies the soil, and lifts the slab. As a result, polyurethane forms a strong bond with the concrete underside, creating a durable support base that prevents future erosion.

On the other hand, mudjacking contractors pump a cement slurry under the sunken slab to push it back up. While the dried cement provides support, it doesn't adhere to the concrete as effectively as polyurethane. Over time, the cement may settle or wash away, requiring repeated applications. Furthermore, mudjacking requires heavier equipment and longer curing times.

Concrete Leveling vs Replacement

The choice between polyurethane leveling and full replacement depends on your slab's condition. Multiple cracked sections across the entire surface may call for replacement. Conversely, isolated sinking of mostly intact slabs may suit lifting better. In general, polyurethane concrete leveling is less invasive and less expensive than complete replacement.

The Cost of Concrete Leveling

When estimating concrete leveling job costs, contractors consider a few key factors:

  • Size of the Slab: Larger areas may require more material and labor. In contrast, smaller areas may be more straightforward.

  • Extent of the Damage: The level of cracking and sinking determines the most appropriate repair method. Minor issues may suit polyurethane leveling, while extensive damage might require additional repairs or replacement.

  • Condition of the Soil: A thorough evaluation of the soil beneath sunken slabs will reveal underlying issues contributing to the problem. These findings help determine the best action for a stable, long-lasting repair.

A professional contractor can provide options and help you make an informed decision. They will find an effective and efficient solution for your specific situation.

Fill out this form or call 404-618-0438 for a contractor referral today!

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Reminder: Register for Alchatek 2024 Spring Training

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Apr 1, 2024 10:00:00 AM

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Dates/Pricing

Slab Lifting Masterclass: April 15th & 16th, 2024 – $685.00
Public Works Infrastructure Repair: April 18th & 19th, 2024 – $685.00

Location

Spray Foam Systems
1502 Airport Rd.
Greensboro, GA 30642
Click Here for Directions

Discount

Register for both classes and get a 25% discount

Slab Lifting Masterclass: April 15th & 16th, 2024 – $685.00

The concrete lifting master is an intensive opportunity to learn what it takes to start a concrete lifting business and then take it to the next level. The training you will receive will include Safety, Site Evaluation, Estimating, Product Selection, Sales, Equipment, Concrete Lifting Techniques, and Deep Lift / Deep Lock. You will also learn about taking your concrete lifting business to the next level. You will learn about other tools we have to help you land bigger jobs and how to engage the engineering community to gain access to unique markets. Join the industry’s top team of concrete lifting professionals for training, learning, and fun.

Public Works: April 18th & 19th, 2024 – $685.00

The public works course is two days dedicated to training and teaching Public Works professionals and specialty grouting contractors. You will learn how to utilize polyurethane technology to solve problems that municipalities and public works departments commonly face and how to do it at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. There will be a heavy emphasis on sealing underground infrastructure and stabilizing and lifting roads. We will cover the full spectrum of our product line including Leak Seal, Permeation, Soil Stabilization, and Slab Lifting. Join the industry’s top team of infrastructure specialists for training, learning, and fun.

Click Here to Register NOW!

Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs, Seal Leaks, Stabilize Soil, Business Tips, Fill Voids, Deep Lock, Crack Injection, Training, Curtain Grouting, Municipal Resources, Events

How to Repair a Sunken Driveway

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Mar 28, 2024 10:00:00 AM

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Body - How to Repair a Sunken DrivewaySunken concrete slabs in your driveway can be a frustrating and unsightly problem. Not only do they detract from your home's curb appeal, but they can also create safety hazards for vehicles and pedestrians. Fortunately, there are effective ways to repair sunken slabs and restore your driveway to its original smooth, level surface. It’s essential to understand how to repair a sunken driveway properly.

Understanding the Problem

Sunken concrete slabs occur when the ground beneath the driveway settles or erodes over time. This can be due to a variety of factors, including:

  • The weight of vehicles repeatedly driving over the same area
  • Water seeping underneath and washing away the soil
  • Poor soil compaction or preparation during the original installation

As the support below the concrete deteriorates, sections of the driveway begin to sink, dip, and crack. If left unaddressed, the problem will only worsen, leading to further damage and potential trip hazards.

Repair Options: Concrete Leveling vs. Replacement

When faced with sunken driveway slabs, homeowners have two main options: level the affected concrete or replace the entire driveway. The best approach depends on the extent and severity of the sinking, as well as budget and timeline considerations.

For isolated areas where the slabs are still mostly intact, concrete leveling using polyurethane foam injection can be an effective solution. This process involves pumping expanding polyurethane beneath the sunken sections to lift and stabilize them back to their original position. The foam fills any voids, solidifies the soil, and adheres to the underside of the concrete for support.

Polyurethane leveling offers several advantages vs. replacement, including:

  • Minimal equipment needed, minimizing disruption to your property
  • Fast curing time, allowing for a quick return to use
  • Resistance to water and further erosion, helping to prevent future sinking

On the other hand, if the sinking is widespread and the concrete is severely cracked or deteriorated, a full driveway replacement may be necessary. This involves demolishing and removing the old slabs, preparing a new stable base, and pouring fresh concrete. Replacement is typically more expensive than polyurethane leveling and requires more extensive equipment and labor. The process also takes longer, which can be an inconvenience for homeowners. 

Ultimately, the decision between polyurethane leveling and replacement depends on the specific condition of your driveway and your individual needs. It's important to consult with a professional contractor who can assess your situation and provide guidance on the most appropriate solution for your home.

Hiring a Professional Concrete Leveling Contractor

  • It’s important to hire an experienced contractor who specializes in concrete repair. Look for a company with:
  • Extensive experience using polyurethane injection for leveling
  • Manufacturer-trained technicians who follow safety protocols
  • Positive references and reviews from past customers
  • The ability to provide before and after photos of successful projects

A reliable professional will have the expertise to assess your specific situation and recommend the best course of action for your driveway.

How to Repair a Sunken Driveway: Getting Started

If you're ready to tackle your sunken driveway slabs, Alchatek is here to help. As a leading manufacturer in the construction industry, Alchatek specializes in innovative solutions for concrete leveling and repair. Our expert team can provide guidance on your project and connect you with a qualified local contractor.

Fill out this form or call 404-618-0438 for a contractor referral today!

Want more information on slab lifting with polyurethane?

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Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs

Register for Alchatek 2024 Spring Training

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Mar 1, 2024 2:31:13 PM

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Dates/Pricing

Slab Lifting Masterclass: April 15th & 16th, 2024 – $685.00
Public Works Infrastructure Repair: April 18th & 19th, 2024 – $685.00

Location

Spray Foam Systems
1502 Airport Rd.
Greensboro, GA 30642
Click Here for Directions

Discount

Register for both classes and get a 25% discount

Slab Lifting Masterclass: April 15th & 16th, 2024 – $685.00

The concrete lifting master is an intensive opportunity to learn what it takes to start a concrete lifting business and then take it to the next level. The training you will receive will include Safety, Site Evaluation, Estimating, Product Selection, Sales, Equipment, Concrete Lifting Techniques, and Deep Lift / Deep Lock. You will also learn about taking your concrete lifting business to the next level. You will learn about other tools we have to help you land bigger jobs and how to engage the engineering community to gain access to unique markets. Join the industry’s top team of concrete lifting professionals for training, learning, and fun.

Public Works: April 18th & 19th, 2024 – $685.00

The public works course is two days dedicated to training and teaching Public Works professionals and specialty grouting contractors. You will learn how to utilize polyurethane technology to solve problems that municipalities and public works departments commonly face and how to do it at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. There will be a heavy emphasis on sealing underground infrastructure and stabilizing and lifting roads. We will cover the full spectrum of our product line including Leak Seal, Permeation, Soil Stabilization, and Slab Lifting. Join the industry’s top team of infrastructure specialists for training, learning, and fun.

Click Here to Register NOW!

Topics: All Posts, Lift Slabs, Seal Leaks, Stabilize Soil, Business Tips, Fill Voids, Deep Lock, Crack Injection, Training, Curtain Grouting, Municipal Resources, Events

Visit Alchatek at Sprayfoam 2024

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Feb 13, 2024 10:00:00 AM

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Make Higher Margins with Slab Lifting

Booth: 324

Dates: March 5th & 6th , 2024

Hours: March 5th 2pm – 6 pm, March 6th 2pm – 5pm

Location: Westgate Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada

Website: Sprayfoam.org/Sprayfoam24

Come by our booth at the show to speak with our slab lift experts and learn just how easy and affordable it is to maximize your profits. We'll explain how you can equip your current spray foam rigs to lift slabs. With just a minor investment in some additional slab lifting equipment and materials, you can equip your current spray foam rigs for these lucrative new jobs. Slab lifting takes less time, uses less material, and brings in more revenue per job than standard spray foam work.

Speaking Engagement

Speaker: Erik Prinzing

Subject: Spray Foam Rig to Lifting Rig Conversion

Date & Time: March 5th, 11:00am

Location: Pavilion 3

In this seminar, you will learn how to make higher margins by equipping your existing spray foam rigs for more lucrative slab lifting jobs that take less time, require less material, and net more money per job than standard spray foam applications.

Erik Prinzing is a driven professional with over 20 years of experience in the construction sector. Over the years Erik has become well-rounded in construction practices, with experiences ranging from working in the field as a contractor to assisting customers as a regional manager in the concrete leveling industry.

Want more info on adding slab lift capabilities to your spray foam rig?

Request a "Spray Foam to Slab Lift" Consultation

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Ground Stabilization with Polyurethane Series - 5. Contact Alchatek for Assistance

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Jan 26, 2024 2:00:00 PM

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2. Body - Ground Stabilization with Polyurethane Series - 5. Contact Alchatek for AssistanceEach ground stabilization project is unique. The Alchatek support team is skilled in assessing different challenges and devising solutions tailored to specific requirements, whether for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes.

Technical Guidance for Ground Stabilization

Alchatek extends its support to those seeking ground stabilization solutions, offering comprehensive technical guidance. More than just a manufacturer, Alchatek partners with property owners and contractors alike throughout their construction endeavors, ensuring effective implementation of stabilization techniques.

Connecting with Skilled Contractors

Alchatek also facilitates connections with experienced contractors proficient in advanced ground stabilization methods. This service ensures that property owners and managers have access to the necessary expertise for their specific stabilization needs.

Why Choose Alchatek?

Alchatek's approach to ground stabilization is rooted in a deep understanding of geotechnical engineering and a commitment to manufacturing high-quality materials. This ensures not only the effectiveness of our products but also their longevity and environmental friendliness.

Get in Touch

To take the first step towards a successful ground stabilization project. Our team is ready to assist you with expert advice, detailed information, and referrals to qualified contractors. Trust Alchatek to be your partner in ensuring the stability and integrity of your structures.

Call 404-618-0436 or fill out this form to contact Alchatek today!

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Topics: All Posts, Stabilize Soil, Municipal Resources, Commercial Property Resources

Ground Stabilization with Polyurethane Series - 4. Ground Stabilization Contractors

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Jan 26, 2024 10:00:00 AM

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2. Body - Ground Stabilization with Polyurethane Series - 4. Ground Stabilization ContractorsChoosing the right contractor for ground stabilization using polyurethane is a critical decision that directly impacts the success and longevity of your project. This guide provides essential tips to help you select the most qualified professional for your needs.

Choosing a Contractor: Key Considerations

  • Expertise and Experience: Ensure the contractor has a strong background in ground stabilization, particularly with polyurethane applications. Look for a proven track record.

  • Quality of Materials: The quality of polyurethane foam used is pivotal. Confirm that the contractor uses high-grade materials for effective and durable stabilization.

  • Client Testimonials and References: Prior client feedback is invaluable. Request references or seek out reviews to gauge the contractor’s reliability and work quality.

  • Detailed Estimates: Obtain detailed quotes and timelines. Look for a comprehensive repair plan with clear costs and timelines.

A Professional Partner

Choosing the right contractor is not just about finding someone with the right tools and skills; it's about partnering with a professional who understands your project's specific needs and can deliver results that stand the test of time. Make your decision with careful consideration to ensure a successful and satisfactory ground stabilization process.

Want more information on stabilizing soil with polyurethane?

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Ground Stabilization with Polyurethane Series - 3. Rock & Gravel Stabilization

Posted by Kreg Thornley on Jan 25, 2024 2:00:00 PM

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2. Body - Ground Stabilization with Polyurethane Series - 3. Rock & Gravel StabilizationGround stabilization extends beyond soil to include rock and gravel, crucial for various construction and infrastructure projects. Polyurethane foam, with its expansive and adhesive properties, is an extremely effective solution in these challenging environments.

Case Study: Gravel Wall Stabilization

A collapsing old brick retaining wall necessitated urgent stabilization measures. The challenge was to remove a portion of the wall without causing the loose gravel foundation under a temporary concrete retaining wall to run out. The contractor chose AP Fill 720, a polyurethane resin, for its ability to permeate and lock the gravel in place, achieving high compressive strength. Approximately 50 gallons of AP Fill 720 were used, with injection probes placed strategically to ensure thorough coverage. The process was efficient, taking just one day with a small crew, and was a complete success, allowing for the safe removal of the brick and completion of the project with minimal costs.

Case Study: Railroad Ballast Rock Stabilization

AP Lift 475, a two-component polyurethane foam, was utilized for railroad ballast rock repair and stabilization. This resin was applied to loose bulk ballast stones on railway tracks, increasing their rigidity and stiffness. It served as a weather-resistant solution, reducing vibrations and providing a buffer zone. The application of AP Lift 475 on ballast stones created a polyurethane-stabilized ballast with superior mechanical properties compared to traditional methods.

Beyond Soil: Rock and Gravel Stabilization

These cases demonstrate the versatility and effectiveness of polyurethane foam in stabilizing not just soil, but also rock and gravel, underscoring its utility in a wide range of geotechnical challenges. For more information and expert consultation on ground stabilization solutions, Alchatek offers its expertise and innovative approaches tailored to various needs.

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