Trent was very pleasant to deal with and communicated everything he was doing while on site.
Location: Bloomington, IL, USA
Job Type: Concrete Leveling / Mudjacking
Recently, we were called by a homeowner in Bloomington who was concerned about cracks in their basement and driveway. After struggling for months when searching for a concrete leveling company in Bloomington, IL. They found us. These customers chose our concrete leveling company because we have over 30 years of experience in concrete slab repair, which allows us to not only quickly diagnose the problem, but also remedy it with only the highest quality results.
During a free consultation with one of Helitech’s Certified Project Estimators, we performed a walk-through of the areas of concern and were able to complete a detailed evaluation that included:
After we performed this comprehensive evaluation, it was determined that the swelling and shrinking of the native soil prevalent in the top 20+ feet in North Central Illinois caused the footing to crack which, in turn, caused the home to settle. The resulting uneven, sunken concrete was an eyesore as well as a dangerous tripping hazard.
The homeowner wanted as little disruption to the driveway as possible and wanted to keep it looking nice. Most importantly, they did not want to have to repeat this process again in two years which is very common with other concrete companies in the region.
Put simply, when soil is wet, it expands, and when it’s dry, it contracts. This is important because the region of Central Illinois is prone to wet springs, dry falls, and everything in between. When these dramatic changes in weather occur, the soil shifts, and your concrete slabs are not flexible enough to bend or adjust with these ever-changing conditions. Therefore, this causes cracks and other types of damage to foundations, basements, sidewalks, porches, and driveways.
In the case of this customer, they lived in Bloomington which had record rainfall in the past spring and summer which meant that the saturated soil had been swelled up. When the rains stopped with the changing of the seasons, the ground dried up and caused the soil to shrink and crack.
How to Repair Cracks in Concrete Driveway?
The decision was made to use Helitech’s polyurethane foam to fill the voids and correct the tripping hazard created by the swelling and shrinking fat clays. Helitech is on the cutting edge of poly-concrete leveling technology that can save customers like this homeowner up to 75 percent compared to full removal and replacement.
We injected our leveling concrete crack filler into minuscule holes made in the driveway. Polyurethane is a void-filling, high-density foam that is designed to expand, lift, and level the concrete in an environmentally-friendly process that is performed in a mere couple of hours. Not only that, our state-of-the-art polyurethane foam is cleaner, safer, and less intrusive than traditional mudjacking, which is a cementitious material that can wash away.
Why Are Helitech’s Concrete Leveling Services Superior?
Overall, Helitech’s concrete leveling services are superior because we also have the ability to install AB Chance Helical piers that stabilize your home during the wet and dry months. This will allow you the peace of mind of knowing that your biggest investment is safe and secure from further damage.
It is best practice in Central Illinois to install Helical piers below the active area of soil at approximately 21 feet. It is common to encounter a stiff Glacial Till at this depth meaning it will not swell and contract like the fat clays. With helical piers connecting the foundation of the home to the Glacial Till, the homeowner can rest easy knowing their home is built on a solid, lasting foundation backed by Helitech’s warranty.
The Bloomington homeowner’s driveway was leveled with very minimal disruption to the look of the driveway, and there are no longer trip hazards for visiting friends and family! As it is now structurally sound, it’s unlikely to cause any more problems in the near future.
This customer is fully protected from unsightly cracks now that Helitech has healed their home!
As concrete settles with the changing weather, it can cause real problems for you and your home. Our professional contractors can come to your location and make sure your concrete surfaces are smooth, attractive, and, most importantly, safe. Heal your home with Helitech!
Helitech is the #1 choice for poly-concrete leveling and foundation repair in Illinois, Missouri, Quad Cities, and Western Kentucky. Contact us or call 800-246-9721 to schedule your free inspection.