Hiring a Concrete Contractor

Hiring a Concrete Contractor

When hiring and working with a Concrete Contractor either for pouring or repairs, you need to know: What services does a Concrete Contractor commonly provide? What is the best way to find them? What should I ask for when I talk to the Concrete Contractor? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Concrete Repair Service is done right?

Concrete Contractor – FAQ

Q How do I get good Repair Service work at a fair price?

A First, decide on the product / service options. Compile a list of your most important requirements. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifiable results, and look for concrete contractor reviews from others who have used him in the past.

 

Q What should I expect to pay for Repair Service?

A Some Concrete Installation and Repair Service work is quoted at a fixed price, but there are a lot of variables that can effect this. The hourly rate for a Concrete Contractor ranges from $60 to $100 but changes a bit in many parts of the country. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Concrete Contractor. Remember, you usually get what you pay for.

 

Q Do I need to use a licensed Concrete Contractor for my job? level-it

A You should use a licensed Concrete Contractor for any work that you want the top results with. To check a Concrete Contractor’s license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state’s professional license board or department, or just ask. Contact them to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual you’re considering hiring.

 

Q Should I use an insured Concrete Contractor for my project?

A A Concrete Contractor should carry adequate liability insurance for any work related damages. Your Concrete Contractor should also have workman’s compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks. In the high majority of instances you’ll never need to use it, but it’s good to have. The top companies will have nothing to hide and be fully insured.

 

Q Does my Concrete Contractor need to be bonded?

A A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Concrete Contractor. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Concrete Contractor’s bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

What is Concrete Leveling?

What is concrete leveling? Level It offers concrete leveling services throughout Texas… but what is concrete leveling? Concrete Leveling is a process which lifts your existing concrete walk, driveway, patio, pool deck, steps, etc. to its original position. This saves a LOT of money compared to the cost of replacement!

Usually, through a small hole in your existing concrete our safe and permanent mixture is pumped, this lifts your hazardous and unsightly area into place. Here’s some more info about “what is concrete leveling” from Wikipediawhat is concrete leveling

 What are the advantages of concrete leveling?

  • Safety – Eliminate the risk that family, friends or “lawsuit” happy characters will trip and fall where an uneven slab has turned into an “accident ready to happen”.
  • It Saves Money! – Concrete leveling costs an average of half the cost of replacing old concrete and can be done much faster.
  • Speed – Within a few hours, the sidewalk or driveway is ready to use! A newly poured driveway may require non-use weeks.
  • Appearance – When you replace a sections of a slab the result is a mismatch. By leveling the problem instead, you keep the “matched appearance”.
  • Damage Control – Minimize or stop future damage to the slab. Most continue to move once shifting begins.

Our company is unique because we pump a special mixture under the slab while other companies use a lesser product which can wash away. We have extensive experience and will treat you like family!

Contact us today!

What other concrete and foundation repairs can we do?

Concrete Leveling, Mudjacking, and/or Polyjacking are some names that raising concrete to level sidewalk slabs, driveways,patios or pool decks are known by. we also do foundation repair, brick and mortar work, and other repairs and leveling anywhere in Texas.

Give us a call at (214)  434-1625 or contact us by clicking here! We’ll treat you like one of the family, give you a fair price and guarantee our work.

Why does my foundation need repairs?

Movement making a foundation need repairs can be caused by building on expansive clay, unpacked or improperly compacted soil, or improper maintenance around foundations. Level It provides a proven and time tested method to repair a failed foundation. If you think that there is a problem with your foundation, call us for a free assessment of your property.

We will be able to assess any damage that has occurred and determine the best plan for your situation. We have the highest degree of knowledge, standards, ethics, and quality of workmanship available in the industry. foundation-repair-issue

How can I tell my foundation will need repairs?

If you have any doors that won’t close, heaving or uneven floors, cracks in your tiles or visible cracks in the foundation, sheetrock or brick walls, these are all signs of foundation distress, which may require a foundation repair. One trick to check for uneven floors is to drop a marble in the middle and see if it rolls to one side or another.
Your house is one of the most important investments you will make. Don’t let your investment crumble before your very eyes due to a poor foundation. We have the experience and knowledge to repair residential and commercial structures and restore equity into your home.
It is always nice to have that peace of mind knowing that you do not have any foundation problems. We have a saying that “water always wins” and even the best poured foundation can end up needing repairs. Let us catch them before they get costly! A lot of the homes that we evaluate have no foundation problems at all. If you do suspect that you have a problem, you should call for an evaluation ASAP. It’s free, and like a cavity, a foundation that needs work will only get worse with time, not better.

Why Do Foundations Sink?

Why Do Foundations Sink?

Why do foundations sink? When a foundation settles, it can cause considerable damage to a home, including uneven floors; bulging, leaning or bowed walls; a chimney that pulls away from the house, windows and doors that don’t close properly, wall cracks, ceiling cracks, baseboard gaps and other structural problems.  A foundation will sink when the soil it was built on has a high clay content that causes it to expand and contract, or it wasn’t properly compacted when the foundation was built. Because the settling is almost always uneven, it causes foundation problems and building damage.

Other reasons for a sinking slab or foundation

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Like said above, moisture changes in Texas cause clay composition changes, similar to a sponge. Soil expands during seasons of heavy rain and contract during times of dry weather. Continuous fluctuation causes stress on your foundation. Commonly, the center areas of the slab remain ok, while the outside settl due to exposure to the moisture changes.

LANDSCAPING

Trees and large shrubs roots need immense amounts of moisture to sustain their health. Moist soils located near the edge of the home or underneath the slab provide a lot of water. When the root system drains the additional moisture, it causes the slab to settle. This causes you to need a pro concrete slab leveler to repair your concrete foundation.

PLUMBING

More common these days, plumbing has become a major issue for foundations. The cast iron plumbing commonly used in the 1960s and early 1970s is beginning to deteriorate and erode. The soli directly underneath the home can infuse with water, creating long-term foundation damage. Call us to come out and give you a free, no obligation inspection!

Expanding Soil Can Cause Foundation Repairs

How does expanding soil damage a foundation?

Your soil contains minerals that absorb water. When this happens, they increase in volume. The more water the soil absorbs the more their volume increases. This change in volume can exert enough pressure on your foundation or slab to cause serious damage. Cracked foundations, floors and basement walls are typical types of damage done by swelling soils.

Expandable soils are referred to by many names. “Expandable soils”, “expansive clay”, and “heavable soils” are some of the many names used. Different parts of the nation refer to them differently.

Soils are composed of a lot of materials, most that do not expand from moisture. However, a number of clay minerals do. These include: smectite, bentonite, vermiculite, attapulgite, nontronite, and chlorite. There are also some sulfates that will expand with changes in temperature.

When a soil contains a large amount of expansive minerals it has the potential of significant expansion. When the soil contains very little expansive minerals it has little expansive potential.

Drainage Issues can hurt as well:

Foundation and slab problems can be caused by too much moisture OR too little. Standing water around your foundation or house, water dumped by gutter downspouts or a slope of the yard around your home can cause saturated soil as well. These issues can be easily and fully remedied by installing French drains, channel drains, surface drains, swales, retaining walls, and gutters to help solve foundation problems around the house.

Call “LevelIt” now and let a seasoned foundation and concrete pro give you a free consultation!

 

Why Do Foundations Have Problems?

Why Do Foundation Need Repairs?

Water Always Wins! If it’s too dry or too wet, your foundation can have problems, especially in Texas because of the expansive clay soil. They expand with moisture gains, and contract with moisture loss. If all the soil swells and contracts uniformly, there usually is no problem, but they can occur when only a small part of the foundation settles. The problem shows up with needed repairs to both slab and pier and beam foundations.

When there is too much moisture in the soil:

When too much water is allowed near the foundation, 1 of 2 things will occur. The first is that the soil will expand and this will lift the foundation causing damage. When the soil is too wet though, it can lose its ability to carry a load. This will cause the foundation to sink. Wet spots can be caused by poor drainage, dripping faucets, leaking drains, plumbing, air conditioning drains, etc..

When there is not enough moisture in the soil:

Soil that is under the foundation stays fairly consistent throughout the year but the soil near the outside of the foundation is exposed to the sun and wind that can remove moisture from the soil. The extreme Texas heat can exacerbate moisture loss around the perimeter of the foundation, this can result in movement of the foundation.

Trees and other large plants can also contribute to poor settlement of a foundation. The roots of trees might consume the moisture, causing the soil to shrink faster as well.

Let us give you a free estimate and further explain how water contributes to your foundation! Call Level-It NOW!

Need Foundation Repair?

Do you have sinking concrete / cement slab foundation problems? Does it seem that your foundation may be buckled? If your home does not feel right, or if you are seeing foundation damage, you may need foundation repairs.

So, what signs should you look for? Here is a simple check list that you can use to make a preliminary assessment.

  • Floors or counters are sloping. If you put a ball on the floor and it rolls off, you have slopes. Drops of an inch or so across a foundation are not a problem. Once slopes begin to exceed an inch of drop in 20 feet, they become noticeable and can become a problem.
  • Doors that stick closed or open. If a door is sticking closed because the top or the bottom of the door hits the door frame or the floor, it means that your floors are sloping, you may have a foundation problem.
  • Cracks in interior or exterior walls or ceilings such as zig-zag cracks in bricks. If you have cracks in your sheetrock or brick, there is a very good chance that your foundation is moving.

Contact Level It to learn more about our foundation repair solutions!

Need Foundation Repair?

Concrete Sidewalk Leveling

Level It specializes in Concrete Sidewalk Leveling and can easily repair a section of sidewalk without pouring new concrete! Our concrete leveling product is a two-part foam engineered to expand immediately upon injection beneath a settled slab. Injection holes are much smaller than those required for mud jacking. In action, the foam expands to many times its original volume, forcing the sunken concrete back to its original level. Within a matter of minutes, the expanded polymer hardens and reaches 90% or more of its final strength. This makes it possible for the restored surface to regain full functionality right away.

Which sidewalk would you prefer to walk on?

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Concrete Sidewalk Leveling

Sinking concrete can turn sidewalks, driveways and warehouse floors into safety hazards. Call us today if you are concerned about:

  • The liability of visitors tripping on your property
  • Preparing your home for sale for a great first impression
  • Or simply want to enjoy your home with your family and friends

Click here to contact Level It today!

 

Filling A Driveway Void With Polyurethane Foam

This video shows a portion of a driveway void fill project. This area of the driveway had been filled in the past with another material, but it settled and the homeowner called us in to fill with polyurethane foam.