Morning Business Hour

IMG_4120Discussing Local Business

Thank you Andrew Kyres, Vice President of First Financial Bank, for putting together a wonderful morning business hour.  It was a great opportunity to network with our peers and learn about tools and resources that can help us build and grow our business! The featured speaker was District 1 U.S. Congressman Peter J. Visclosky.  He talked about the state of local business, the economy and current issues before the United States Congress.  Congressman Visclosky is an advocate for major economic development projects in Northwest Indiana.  He talked extensively about the recapitalization of the South Shore Rail line, the Gary/Chicago International Airport and the Marquette Plan (his lakeshore investment strategy).  It was great to hear in all the discussions with some great audience questions.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

CHICAGO - MARCH 11: Workers spread an orange powder to dye a downtown section of the Chicago River green to begin the city's St. Patrick's Day celebration March 11, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. The tradition of dying the river dates back over 40 years. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The annual Chicago river dyeing (last Saturday) was an experience.  The dyeing of the river has been a tradition for many generations and lots of folks were dressed in green to see the action live. Created with a concoction by the Plumbers Local Union 130.

The Irish population was growing steadily in Chicago by the mid-1800s, but it wasn’t until the next century that St. Patrick’s Day took hold of the city every March. The city’s first parade was held in 1956, five years before the river started flowing green. We took a look at just how that tradition got started.


Clean and Seal Special 10% Off


10% Off Special

The reason your concrete is ugly (or soon will be) is because you haven’t had it sealed in years & probably since it was installed…right?  Go ahead, pour some water on it – what do you see?  If your concrete darkens-up and absorbs water like a “big hard sponge” then it is UNSEALED & open for damage.

You’re just asking for trouble if you’re letting water & everything else soak right down into your concrete.  Did you know that water expands up to 9% when it freezes?  That’s why it will pit, pop, crack & flake off!

Besides the obvious damage caused by salt & ice melting chemicals, there are plenty of other bad things that are damaging it right now (lawn fertilizer, oil, gas, anti-freeze, UV rays, rain containing high amounts of nitric & sulfuric acids . . . & so on).  It’s going to keep ROTTING FROM THE INSIDE OUT unless you do something to protect it – CAN YOU REALLY AFFORD AN EXPENSIVE TEAR-OUT & REPLACEMENT?


What is all the hoopla about Polyurethane?

level right concrete liftingHow Do We Lift Concrete Using Polyurethane Foam?

Level Rite Concrete Lifting process is similar to mudjacking, but is an evolved application that allows us to provide our clients with a clean, quick, long-lasting solution. Our process effectively stabilizes soils, fills all voids and lifts concrete using high-density polyurethane foam. The following are the steps for Level Rite Concrete Lifting process:

  1. Once the area has been estimated and the scope of the job identified, our technician can safely and confidently drill a series of access points in the affected area. These access points are small, 5/8 inch drill holes that allows the polyurethane foam to be injected under the concrete.
  2. Specially designed ports are securely attached to the access points. Enclosed inside a mobile unit is one of our pressurized systems designed for the injection of polyurethane foam. Attached to the unit is a heated hose that securely attaches to the small access ports.
  3. The polyurethane foam is injected through the ports crawling deep into loose soil base. Moving laterally underneath the slab. The expanding foam stabilizes loose soils and fills all subsurface voids. Crews carefully monitor the process to insure a safe and effective lift.
  4. Once the sunken concrete has been leveled and stabilized the access points are removed and the holes are patched with a concrete mix and area is ready for use.

Upon job completion you receive a 1 year warranty against settling so you can hire us with confidence.


How To Maintain Your Concrete

working in your neighborhoodClean And Apply Sealer

Cleaning your concrete driveway on occasion and keeping it sealed are the best measures you can take to keep it looking its best. How often you clean and reseal will depend on the weather conditions the concrete is exposed to and the amount of vehicle traffic it receives. Generally, you should reseal a concrete driveway every two years or so, or when the finish begins to show wear.

Remove Stains Immediately

While a sealer will help to protect concrete from stain absorption, it’s still a good idea to remove oil, gasoline, grease and other spills as soon as possible. If the concrete does discolor, pressure washing and certain cleaning chemicals will remove most stains.