Whether you own or operate a business or apartment complex; replacing your concrete slabs will always be more expensive—in time and money—than raising and repairing it. If you have concrete slabs that have failed, then you should take these points into consideration when evaluating your options to resolve the issue.
Cost Benefits of Concrete Raising vs. Concrete Replacement
Benefit #1: Reduction in Labor & Service Costs
One of the main benefits of concrete raising compared to concrete replacement, is the reduction in cost you get to enjoy. To replace a concrete slab, you must hire a crew to demolish the slab, remove and discard it, stabilize the foundation below where it used to be, repour and let cure the new cement.
This is a lot of man power, hours, and materials, which ultimately equate to a much larger bill, and sometimes days to weeks worth of waiting.
Concrete raising lowers your overall costs, sometimes by up to 50% less than replacing the same concrete slabs, and is exponentially quicker in both completion and curing time.
5/16/16 Dave, It was about ten years ago that my basement walls started to move and leak. I called a local company to have the situation taken care of. They came over and proceeded to install a system that was meant to bring the walls back into position and prevent cracking and leaking. They did this by drilling through the walls and extending a rod out to the yard about eight to 13 feet from the house. It was supposed to be tightened to bring the wall back to the original place or close to it. It did move the walls ever so slightly, but return, cause more cracked in the walls. After repeated calls for the firm to come and fix the problems, the leaking did cease but the company asked me for $100 a year to guarantee their warranty. They worked on the East and South walls. Two years ago, the west and north walls began to leak and I called another local firm, because I lost all tryst in the first firm. They did the same procedure with the same results. Tighten the rods and get more cracking and more leaks. After continued leaking for the better part of the last two years, I decided, after a $15,000.00 expenditure, to call and get the basement fixed correctly to end the leaking. A competitor contractor mentioned your name and I called you. I had your firm mudjack my driveway a couple times, but I did not know you did basement work also. I accepted your bid in the winter of 2015 to do the work in the spring of 2016 and this past week, after two weeks, the job is complete! You excavated around the entire house, pushed back the walls, installed steel beams every four feet in the basement, filled all of the cracks inside and out and applied a sealer on the outside of the walls. I am confident that my basement is not sealed and should not leak. I can only have words of praise for the men who performed the work. They were not only courteous, but very hard working and when they left, the outside of my home was landscaped and the property cleaned up. We are very appreciative of the excellent quality of work you performed and look forward to a “dry” (SureDry) basement in the future! Again, Thank you Clyde Menasha, Wisconsin
Benefit #2: Minimal Impact on Surroundings
When replacing a slab of concrete, you must use (often large and heavy) equipment to demolish and re-pour the slab. This may force you to move / reorganize your warehouse or factory, or damage the landscape that surrounds the slab.
Concrete raising has little to no impact on your environmental surroundings. Equipment is parked off site, and has the ability to reach even hard-to-reach places, meaning you don’t need to work around the crew, they work around you.
Benefit #3: Minimize Potential for Injury
Whether you own a commercial building, or a tenant-occupied residence, the potential for injury greatly increases when you have uneven or compromised concrete slabs on your property.
Replacing concrete slabs can be a multi-day, or sometimes even multi-week period, which again, presents the possibility for your workers, tenants or passerby’s to fall subject to injury.
Concrete raising projects generally last 2-3 hours (sometimes longer, depending on the severity of the issue) and are ready immediately upon completion. Downtime, cost, and potential for injury are minimized substantially when you choose to raise and repair, compared to replacement.
Lunch & Learn for Engineers & Contractors
If you would like to learn more about foundation solutions using helical tiebacks, we offer a lunch and learn presentation program. We will educate you on the different applications of foundation piering over lunch. We also provide a technical manual available for the different types of piers we use for foundation stabilization & repair.