As more and more time goes on, we as humans on Earth are beginning to see the effects of our industrial and technological progress play out before us.
Everything from pollution to habitat destruction happens somewhere in the world on a large scale every day – it may even be happening in your community right now.
Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling, we recognize that there’s a need to take better care of the only planet we have, which is why we’re proud to have been reducing waste and pollution by preserving concrete with an environmentally-conscious repair option for over 30 years.
While not an end-all, be-all solution for the environmental problems we’re faced with today, concrete leveling services are a step in the right direction. This article will walk you through why A-1’s stone slurry grout leveling process is an eco-friendly, green alternative.
In order to preserve existing concrete and prevent the need for premature replacement, A-1 lifts sunken and settled concrete using a mixture of agricultural limestone and water, which we call a “stone slurry”.
This stone slurry is pumped through strategically drilled holes in the affected slab, and the pressure from the mixture slowly lifts it back into an even position.
The limestone that’s mixed with water to form the stone slurry is a completely natural and locally-sourced material. In fact, limestone is actually often used as an amendment in agriculture to supply the soil with minerals like calcium and reduce its acidity, setting the stage for healthy plants.
Because the limestone and water slurry doesn’t use synthetic materials or chemicals, there’s no risk of unwanted substances leaching into the soil or water, or harming plants, pets, or children.
Concrete is the most widely used man-made material on earth, which makes sense due to its durability, availability, and relatively low cost. The use of concrete is only second to water! Everything from roads to skyscrapers is constructed using concrete.
However, studies show that the production of concrete creates up to 7% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. This is due to the intense kiln heating necessary to make cement, which is the ingredient that gives concrete its strength.
Repairing the concrete you already have when possible, instead of pouring it new, eliminates further contribution to this number.
To replace concrete, you first have to remove the existing concrete, which can be a pain. Not only is the demolition a very loud and messy process, but it can also disturb your lawn and landscaping, along with the animals who have made a home for themselves nearby.
Leveling concrete, especially with a natural material, eliminates the need for demolition, and greatly reduces the risk of harm to the plants, landscaping, and animals that may live in the repair site.
Instead of ripping out the existing concrete, hauling it away, and possibly having to keep large, heavy equipment on the yard or displace landscaping, the concrete leveling process doesn’t involve demolition and leaves the surrounding area, including the yard, plants, and animals, intact.
When replacing concrete, all of the concrete that’s demolished and hauled away has to end up somewhere. Repairing concrete when possible rather than replacing it reduces waste, which means there’s less material taking up space in landfills.
Also, by preserving what you have rather than replacing it prematurely, you greatly reduce the amount of energy, resources, and material used in the process.
On top of this, using a natural material to do the repair, like A-1’s stone slurry grout, adds even more environmental benefit to the equation.
As time goes on, we’re constantly reminded how important it is to take care of our planet, and we can see firsthand what happens when that isn’t a priority.
Concrete repair and maintenance is one place where you can make a difference today. Preserving the concrete you already have comes with all of the green benefits mentioned in this article, especially when done with natural, environmentally-friendly materials.
A-1’s stone slurry grout leveling compound is a great option to achieve that goal. As it’s created with all-natural ingredients, you can feel good about repairing your settled concrete with A-1.
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