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Poorly Compacted Soil

During your home's construction process, fill soil may have been transported from outside sources. Sometimes, this fill soil is compacted poorly and causes your exterior concrete slabs to sink. Learn more about soil and compaction in this article.

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Does the Soil Around Your Foundation Really Matter?

Yes, absolutely. Some types of soil create significant movement as the seasons and weather conditions change. When it comes to improperly compacted soil, its unsupportive properties mixed with weather patterns can be incredibly damaging to your home’s driveway and sidewalk slabs.

Compaction refers to how tightly packed soil is. The more tightly packed it is, the denser and stronger the soil becomes. If a construction crew brings in outside soil to fill in the land at a home’s construction site, they may not compact it enough to support the weight of a home and the concrete slabs surrounding it.

Poorly compacted soil has a lot of space between the particles, making the soil innately loose and susceptible to washout, also known as erosion. Large amounts of rain, something the Florida and Georgia area see often, has a big impact on the soil beneath your concrete slabs.

Are There Solutions to Poorly Compacted Soil?

Thankfully, poor soil compaction doesn’t have to affect your home forever. If your driveway or sidewalk has begun to sink into the soil, Alpha Foundations has plenty of options to provide your home with newfound stability and structural security.

Polyurethane Injection

The first line of defense comes in the form of PolyRenewal™, a polyurethane injection system. This process allows concrete experts to inject an environmentally friendly substance underneath your driveway, sidewalks, and foundations. The material is extremely durable and able to bear a large amount of weight.

Unlike mud jacking, polyurethane foam can withstand water and other elements without fail. This quick-curing material restores your foundation the same day it is installed. You’ll be able to use your foundation in just 15 minutes! It’s a permanent, waterproof, cost-effective way to correct many concrete and foundation problems. It works wonders on homes that were built on poorly compacted soils by removing soil from the equation completely.

No matter your soil situation, Alpha Foundations has the solution for you. You won’t have to worry about poorly compacted soil again.

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    Contact Alpha Foundations for Soil Solutions

    Poorly compacted soils can cause major damage to the exterior slabs around your home. Give Alpha Foundations a call at 850-446-6562 and request a free foundation evaluation. We have plenty of solutions to lift and stabilize your home’s concrete slabs.

    Soil Compaction FAQs

    In the past, mud jacking was the most common solution that concrete contractors used to level out deep cracks in concrete. You may have heard of it, but it’s not the best solution.

    Your driveway sank because the soil beneath it became weak. “Repairing” the issue with mud is counterintuitive and takes days to dry. Over time, the mud will weaken again through rain and other environmental factors, and your existing driveway or sidewalk will run into the same problem it had before. Mud jacking is only a temporary fix. Here’s the great news about using PolyRenewal™, it dries to full strength in about 20 minutes, so you can safely get back to your everyday routine the same day your repairs took place.

    Compare that to a couple of days it takes a mud jacking job to dry, and there’s no question as to which technique is more effective both in quality and cost.

    PolyRenewal™ is a long-lasting solution to your sinking concrete slab that can withstand water damage and heavy loads. It’s easy to see how PolyRenewal™ is the superior solution to mud jacking. Don’t wait, contact us today to experience the benefits of polyurethane injection.

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