Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of concrete leveling over concrete replacement?
  • The cost of leveling usually represents a savings of 50-70% over replacement
  • The leveling process can be completed and ready for use in a matter of hours
  • Downtime is reduced – after completion the concrete can be used immediately
  • No demolition and disposal of old concrete
  • Landscaping of surrounding areas is typically unaffected
  • Aesthetics – maintains appearance of existing concrete
  • Landscaping and adjacent areas are usually unaffected by our process
  • Injection of our material helps to fill voids and stabilize low-density soils
  • Leveling maintains the uniform color of your concrete slabs
  • Leveling is a “Green” Process. Concrete Leveling reduces job time, energy utilization, and environmental problems associated with concrete demolition, and disposal
  • No Municipal Building Permits are required, typically
What concrete can be raised?
Solid slabs of concrete can be raise and stabilized. Gravel areas or blacktop are unable to be repaired, and need to be replaced or re-installed to remedy settling issues.

 

Slabs of concrete that are too badly cracked, may also be too damaged to lift. If you are not sure if your concrete can be raised, call Level Rite Concrete Lifting for a Free Estimate. Raising settled concrete can be half the cost of replacing it with less damage to your landscaping and downtime.

Can driveways leaning toward the house be angled away from the house?
In most cases, yes. Think of a concrete slab like a door lying flat. By injecting material underneath in different areas you can adjust the angle or pitch of the door to any angle or direction desired. Level Rite Concrete Lifting can lift the driveway or patio slabs and adjust the pitch to direct the water run off away from the house. We can also use a caulking (joint sealing) to protect from any further water caused erosion. If there are other drainage problems still existing, such as failed footer drains, the problem may not be completely resolved. These issues must also be addressed.
How long will it take to get my work done?
After an estimate is requested, we will have our seasoned estimator look at your project and provide you a proposal to complete your concrete repair work.

Provided the area is accessible to our estimator, it is not necessary to be present at the time of the estimate.

After the proposal is accepted, Level Rite Concrete Lifting requires a signed copy of the estimate, before scheduling the work to be completed (this can be roughly 1-3 weeks after your acceptance). For your convenience, it is not necessary to be home when the work is completed. Jobs typically take only a few hours to complete. Slabs can be driven on, after the job is completed. It is suggested, you wait 24 hours before parking on the slabs.

How many holes will there be?

On the day of your work, holes are strategically drilled every 3-5 feet in the settled area. Less holes are typically drilled for polyurethane applications. Holes are necessary to lift slabs, drilling holes cannot be avoided.

Hole Size Picture for FAQ

As demonstrated in this image, polyurethane concrete raising (our process) uses smaller holes and typically fewer holes making your repair nearly invisible.

Will the holes used in leveling be a different color than our existing cement?

It is virtually impossible to exactly match the color of existing concrete. Level Rite Concrete Lifting uses high quality mortar mixed with the drilling material that we save from your existing concrete, providing the closest match possible. Over time, due to weathering, sun, and other environmental discolorations, our mortar will begin to blend with the existing concrete, which will further hide the repair. Additionally Level Rite Concrete Lifting uses smaller, less noticeable holes than most other leveling companies, for a less noticeable repair.

What kind of materials do you use to raise concrete?

Polyurethane material is injected as a liquid that sets-up as a rigid foam. This foam will NEVER loose density or shrink. This material is lighter than traditional mudjacking material, and requires less holes to install. Even better, the holes are smaller creating a virtually invisible repair!

Lighter Material Image

Level Rite Concrete Lifting uses the industry’s best polyurethane material manufactured by HMI.

Will there be heavy trucks on my lawn?

The Level Rite Concrete Lifting trucks remains parked on the street, while the concrete repair crew maneuvers the equipment to the site requiring repair. Armed with many lengths of hose, the crew can reach just about anywhere without driving equipment on your lawn.

How long does leveling last?

Level Rite Concrete Lifting injects the necessary amount of material beneath the concrete, improving soil density and stabilizing the soil. The concrete is then properly supported and stabilized. With proper drainage and sealing, leveling can last indefinitely. Keep in mind that improper water drainage can erode even the best of repairs.