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Learning about Concrete Slab Flooring Repair

Learning about Concrete Slab Flooring Repair

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December 3, 2007

When it comes to home repairs, you have several options as a homeowner.  You can either pay someone else to do the work for you, try the work on your own, or leave unnecessary repairs alone until they become necessary.  In regards to concrete slab flooring repair, this is something that you can't avoid.  If your foundation is cracked, this can lead to serious water collection problems, structural integrity issues, and even the sinking of your home.  Here's what you need to know about concrete slab flooring repair:

 

The first thing you need to do before attempting any concrete slab flooring repair is to have a residential structural engineer come out to your home.  They will assess the damage that you have and begin to assess what repairs need to be done.  You will also want to find a soil engineer, if you can, to assess whether or not your home was built on a clay based soil foundation.  When this is the case, your foundation may be prone to damage from water and the chemical composition of this soil. 

 

Concrete Slab Flooring Repair

 

If your home is built on clay based expansive soils, you will need to start with soil stabilization as the first part of your concrete slab flooring repair project.  This will require that you hire someone to drill holes in the soil around your home and fill them with gravel.  You can do this on your own too, but if you want to make sure that your home is going to stay stable, most professionals will recommend that you call in professional help for this step.  Wet down these holes every week with water and then every week during the dry seasons until your soil has finally stabilized.

 

There are kits that can help you with concrete slab flooring repair once this stabilization has been achieved.  High strength epoxy substances can be poured into the cracks that you see in order to repair them.  It's essential that you follow the specific directions for the epoxy as the drying times can vary.  You might want to go over this crack, once it's set, with concrete to even out the surface.

 

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