Concrete leveling is a quick, cost-effective method to achieve level concrete, and our specialized tools allow us to get the job done without the hassle and mess of concrete replacement.
The tools we use for concrete leveling are specifically chosen with accessibility, safety, and convenience in mind, limiting our impact on your property and ensuring the repair gets done the way it should.
A-1 Concrete Leveling has been lifting settling concrete slabs for over thirty years, and in this time we've worked to perfect our method and tools. This article will discuss the tools we use for concrete leveling, and why they are important to each step in the process.
The A-1 Concrete Leveling truck was specifically designed for our process, making it a crucial tool during our concrete leveling repairs.
Our concrete leveling trucks are not like dumpster trucks or concrete mixing trucks. Instead, they are on the smaller side, allowing us to pull into the driveway, or other areas around your home, to gain access to the repair site.
This easy accessibility is key, as it allows us to perform the work efficiently and prevent unnecessary damage and mess in your yard or other parts of your property.
In order to run water to the truck or the concrete leveling compound to the repair site, we use hoses.
One hose gets connected to the water spigot on your house and provides water to the truck where the leveling material gets mixed. The other hose runs from the truck to the repair site, pumping the leveling compound into the strategically-placed holes drilled by the leveling technicians.
In order to lift your concrete, our leveling crew must first drill strategic holes in the slab where the leveling compound can be pumped in. We do this with a hammer drill, which plugs into a standard outlet and makes holes that are around the size of a quarter.
Our hammer drills are specifically designed to drill through concrete, and the leveling technicians must drill all the way through the slab in order to lift it. Our crew members are trained to know where and how to drill these strategic holes for the best lift.
Once your concrete holes are drilled and the slab is lifted, your concrete leveling team will get to work patching the drill holes. They do this with a special grout and trowel, taking the time to blend them into the repaired concrete as best as possible.
Concrete leveling repairs often include concrete caulking to seal up any cracks, gaps, or expansion joints. To do this, we first use crack grinders to grind down the breaks, which widens the breaks, preparing them to be caulked.
To do the caulking, we use a caulking gun to apply a polymer caulk which helps protect your concrete from water flowing into the breaks.
Sometimes we need to cut concrete slabs in order to free them up. This minimizes the pressure on the slab while we are pumping the concrete leveling compound underneath. In some cases, the rebar needs to be cut, and the concrete saw also comes in handy for this.
Once the repair is complete, we clean off the area. This can be done by spraying it off with a hose, or blowing away extra material with a leaf blower. Our concrete leveling compound is environmentally friendly and safe for plants, so there’s no problem if it ends up on the lawn.
A-1 Concrete Leveling strives to stay OSHA-compliant, we provide the necessary safety equipment in order to meet that goal.
There are other miscellaneous tools involved in concrete leveling, like buckets and shovels. These tools have multiple purposes, like cleaning up any leftover mess from the repair or transporting extra soil to the repair site.
Want to know more about the concrete leveling process? Check out these topics from our Learning Center:
- How long does concrete leveling take?
- What to Expect During Your Concrete Leveling Appointment
- How long does concrete leveling last?
- Concrete Cleaning & Sealing
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