Get Your Concrete Leveled in St. Charles

Nick Gress Foundations specializes in both commercial and residential concrete leveling services for all types of concrete, including: warehouses, garages, foundations, steps, streets, driveways, sidewalks, pools, patios, and concrete slabs of all kinds.The best way to economically fix concrete is to save the existing concrete by making it a smooth, even surface. When you level a concrete slab before it becomes too damaged to be repaired, you can save money on more expensive repairs in the future and make sure that the concrete will be supporting your home and family for years. Not only is this a cost-effective way to repair concrete. it is also much faster than replacing the entire concrete slab and your downtime is very minimal.Many issues arise from uneven concrete:

Drainage problems from runoff and puddles collecting in places it's not supposed toUnsightly concrete, decreasing your property valueSafety and tripping issues for visitors or customersHigher liability issues for home and business owners for dangerous walking areas

Concrete leveling is the process where the concrete slab is "floated" up in small sections, letting us control the lift and protecting the concrete from further damage. When you work with professionals that understand the process, they will know the right mix of equipment, materials and labor to keep the concrete from further issues, and to avoid damaging any attached or nearby buildings.Nick Gress Foundations creates a series of one-inch diameter holes in the slab, through which we hydraulically pump a slurry with a limestone base undernearth the slab. This fills in the voided areas under the slab and force it to rise evenly, making a new base under the concrete, and solidifying the entire area.Not only does our process create a level surface, it also helps to prevent freezing and cracking in the future by keeping water out from under the concrete slab.Nick Gress Foundations is the leader in Concrete Leveling in Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, Wentzville, St. Peters, St. Charles, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Des Peres, Manchester, Chesterfield, Wildwood, South County, Valley Park, Sunset Hills, and Kirkwood.

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Void Filling Under Concrete Slabs St. Louis

If you have a void under your concrete, it will lead to settling and/or cracking concrete. You get a void when base soils under the concrete or shifting rebar deteriorate to the point where a hole is created underneath the concrete. When the soil settles, crumbles or is moved by ice, water or animals a gap that opens up between the soil and the bottom of the slab of concrete ends up in a loss of solid support for the slab.Once the void appears, it can be very difficult to fill yourself. While you can fill a smaller area with sand or dirt to level it, like a sidewalk, large slabs like patios and driveways require bigger solutions. They have to support but not lift the slab too far. That's why Mudjacking is the perfect solution for this problem.Mudjacking is a process of drilling 1 3/4" holes in various sections of concrete slabs to either Void Fill for stabilization or to raise to the highest point allowable. Crushed Limestone and cement are mixed together to form a grout mixture that once injected allows for proper raising and/or stabilizing under the affected concrete slabs. Once the job is complete we clean the area and refill the drilled holes with new concrete. Most jobs take a couple of hours and require water and electricity to be present when the job is being worked. 24 hours is recommended before driving on the raised slabs. It always helps the longevity of the work to either have downspouts directed away from sunken areas and/or have all expansion joints caulked (an additional bid can be given for this type of work). Water testing is done to ensure that water runs properly away from the foundation when applicable.Making sure that your concrete slabs are void-free can add to the value and durability of your home and make sure that the investment you have made in your home doesn't go to waste. Don't let cracking or buckling concrete go un-repaired. Nick Gress Foundations is the leader in Void Filling Under Concrete Slabs in Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, Wentzville, St. Peters, St. Charles, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Des Peres, Manchester, Chesterfield, Wildwood, South County, Valley Park, Sunset Hills, and Kirkwood.

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Interior Basement Waterproofing

Your basement can become wet from a variety of reasons, but what we'll talk about today is cracks in your foundation and concrete.  These cracks allow moisture to seep into your basement from outside, and can lead to your possessions being damaged and your foundation weakening.  The entire process can really put a strain on your home and lead to flooding and extra expense.  If the water reaches vital components of your home,  such as your furnace and air conditioning systems, you can be out thousands of dollars.  It's best to fix these problems as they come and make sure that you keep your basement as dry as possible.

Interior waterproofing methods are typically the easiest and most affordable. These typically begin with ensuring that any cracks or holes in your basement walls, floors, and around windows and doors, are properly sealed and watertight. Water most frequently makes its way into our basement via these cracks, so properly sealing them is the first step towards ensuring your basement stays dry. Special sealants can be used to effectively fill any cracks, preventing any new moisture from traveling inside. These sealants are typically quite effective and often come with extended warranties, guaranteeing their effectiveness.

Interior waterproofing methods, such as waterproof sealants, also do a good job at keeping humidity levels down, preventing condensation. These coatings can be put onto basement walls and floors creating a waterproof barrier. 

Call the Basement Waterproofing experts at Nick Gress Foundations at 636-219-1967 or 314-409-1497 to learn more or get a free estimate.  

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Concrete Leveling With Slabjacking

Concrete leveling is a procedure that attempts to correct an uneven concrete surface by altering the foundation that the surface sits upon. It is a cheaper alternative to having replacement concrete poured and is commonly performed at small businesses and private homes as well as at factories, warehouses, airports and on roads, highways and other infrastructure.

Causes of settlement

Concrete slabs can be susceptible to settlement from a wide variety of factors. In some areas of the United States, naturally occurring soils can consolidate over time. Soil erosion also contributes to concrete settlement, which is common for locations with improper drainage. Concrete slabs built upon filled-in land can excessively settle as well. This is common for homes with basement levels since the backfill on the outside of the foundation frequently is not compacted properly. In some cases, sidewalk or patio slabs pitch down, directing water down towards the basement level. Tree roots can actually heave a slab upwards; this is common along public roadways, especially within metropolitan areas.

Slabjacking

Slabjacking is a specialty concrete repair technology. In essence, slabjacking attempts to lift a sunken concrete slab by pumping a grout through the concrete, effectively pushing it up from below. The process is also commonly referred to as "mudjacking" and "pressure grouting" as well.

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Waterproof Your Basement For Christmas

With the holidays around the corner, many people are looking forward to waking up to presents and family on Christmas morning.  What nobody wants is to have their basement flooded on Christmas Day.  That's the worst present to find under your tree!

Any leak in your home can lead to water damage, mold, and destruction.  Moisture makes your wood weaker and destroys the interior of your home.  Knowing the cause of your leak is only the first step of repairing it.  Your basement can leak from a variety of sources and doesn't have to just come from one spot.

Once we determine where your leak is coming from, we use an epoxy to fill in the cracks and create a watertight seal in your basement to make sure that your basement stays dry.  

Epoxy Injections are the process of repairing cracks in basement foundation walls. This entails properly cleaning wall cracks with wire brushes, then removing any loose debris from inside the wall crack with compressed air to ensure proper cohesion of epoxy. Next, we place multiple wall ports over the wall cracks with injection ports, and then spread hardening resin over wall cracks, and inject the ports with low viscosity epoxy until the wall cracks are filled to restore the foundation's wall strength. We will also tear out any needed drywall and repair the drywall professionally for an additional charge. Epoxy Injections do come with a 7-year transferrable warranty!

Call the Basement Waterproofing experts at Nick Gress Foundations at 636-219-1967 or 314-409-1497 to learn more or get a free estimate.  

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