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Concrete Lifting In The Winter

Whether the concrete around your home is sinking or suffering from cracks, you’re going to need professional help to repair it. But is winter the best time?

Michigan winters can be long and unforgiving. Below freezing temperatures and near-constant snow has homeowners mumbling when they head out to shovel the driveway or sidewalk. Throw uneven concrete into the mix, and those responsible for snow removal can become downright frustrated.

So, it only seems logical to fix the sunken concrete right away before having to shovel again. Unfortunately, this is not the best option. Lifting concrete slabs during the winter can be problematic. Michigan is prone to extreme cold; this causes the ground to freeze solid, making concrete lifting difficult, if not impossible. The frozen soil sticks to the bottom of the concrete slab, acting like glue. Any attempt to lift and separate the two layers could result in breaking the concrete slab prior to lifting it.

Therefore, FSM offers concrete lifting services from April through October only when we can ensure the ground will be warm enough.

What is Concrete Lifting? 

Let’s step back and talk about how concrete lifting works and why the cutting-edge PolyRenewal™ is the best option. 

Sinking concrete sidewalk, driveway, and pool deck slabs are more than unsightly, they present a very serious tripping hazard. Especially for those who have difficulty walking, like children and the elderly. Concrete lifting is the process of raising the individual slabs, bringing them back to their original position. 

What is PolyRenewal™ and How Does it Work?  

PolyRenewal™ is a two-part polymer. When injected under the slab, through small holes, it slowly and gently expands to raise the sunken piece up to a smooth finish. It is relatively inexpensive, non-invasive, and will not rot, mold, or wash away beneath the concrete. 

PolyRenewal™ Benefits: 

Once cured, PolyRenewal™ will not wash away. PolyRenewal™’s waterproof properties can be extremely beneficial in areas like marinas or in a low-lying area. 

Downtime is minimized with PolyRenewal™ concrete repair. Full use can usually happen about 15 minutes after the material is injected. 

PolyRenewal™ injection equipment isn’t bulky, enabling installers to access confined areas. When properly injected, PolyRenewal™ is not as messy or disruptive as other slab and foundation-lifting techniques. 

PolyRenewal™ can support substantial loads; it typically provides greater lifting power than mudjacking. 

Foundation Systems of Michigan– the PolyRenewal™ Experts 

If you see cracks in your slab, dangerous edges in your driveway or sidewalk, or gaps in your patio, PolyRenewal™ is the ideal solution. We proudly fix sinking concrete across Southeast Michigan. Our team of highly trained installers understand the unique soil conditions in the area and have been restoring value to Michigan homes for nearly 15 years.

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5985 Clay Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

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Livonia, MI 48150

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Traverse City, MI 49685