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Can you lift concrete in bad weather? Rain, Cold & Concrete Leveling

By Sarah Etler - 9/30/22, 6:28 AM

Worried the rain or snow will impact your concrete leveling repair? Learn how the weather plays a part in lifting concrete.

The weatherman is predicting rain, but you have other plans. Your settled concrete is about to get a facelift, and you don’t want the weather to interfere. You’re not alone!

People often ask us, “Can you level concrete in bad weather?” We’re here to help you get to know when we can and can’t perform concrete leveling.

The short answer is that as long as conditions are safe and the temperature is above freezing, we can still level your concrete.

A-1 Concrete Leveling has over 30 years of experience lifting settled concrete slabs, so we’ve certainly seen our fair share of rainy days. We’ve learned when we’re able to level concrete successfully and come up with a scheduling system that allows your job to be completed with the weather in mind.

Here are some frequently asked questions about concrete leveling and the weather:

1. Can you level concrete in the rain?

Yes, concrete leveling can be done while it’s raining.

Because concrete leveling works below the surface of the concrete, there’s no harm done to the integrity of the finished product by lifting the slab in the rain. 

However, caulking and patching drill holes are better done in dry weather to ensure a nice finish, so it’s not uncommon to schedule leveling work one day and a follow-up appointment the next day to patch the holes and caulk cracks and breaks.

It’s also important to keep in mind that safety is always our number one priority. If there is hard rain, a storm, lightning, or other dangerous weather events, we will have to reschedule the repair.

2. Can you level concrete in cold weather?

Concrete leveling can still be done in colder weather as long as the temperature doesn’t dip below freezing.

The special equipment used for concrete leveling doesn’t function properly in very cold temperatures, and they run the risk of freezing if repairs are done in below-freezing conditions.

3. Is concrete leveling seasonal?

Concrete leveling can be seasonal depending on the climate where you live.

In the Louisville, Kentucky area, for example, exterior concrete leveling is typically done between the beginning of March through the second week of January. 

Interior concrete leveling jobs in large commercial or factory buildings are typically still performed in the winter months, as there are strategies to keep parked vehicles warm or drive them into the building where the work is being completed. 

4. Does weather affect curing?

Weather does affect how quickly the leveling compound hardens.

For example, if it is really hot, the limestone grout leveling material will harden faster because the water in the compound evaporates more quickly. The compound will take longer to harden if the edges are exposed to high moisture content. 

However, the leveling material is weight-bearing right away. For example, when performing concrete leveling on roadways, we close down the road at night and it is ready to be driven on as soon as the patched drill holes cure.

5. How does scheduling work if the weather is a factor?

At A-1 Concrete Leveling, we want to make sure your repair gets done safely and at the time most convenient for you.

With this in mind, once your repair is confirmed, we’ll give you an estimated timeframe based on how far out we are scheduling repairs at that time. In busier times, this is usually a few weeks in advance of the job.

When your estimated timeframe gets closer, we will contact you 3-5 days before to establish a date and time that works for you with the weather in mind. This allows us to more accurately predict the weather, rather than giving you a date weeks in advance that may not work out.

If you’re in need of a specific date or time for your repair, we will try to accommodate it as best as possible.

What’s next?

Now that you know how the weather affects concrete leveling, you can feel confident that your repair will get done safely and efficiently. As long as conditions are safe and it’s not too cold, we will be there to get the job done right.
 
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