FAQ: You have questions and we have answers!
Why do I have a void under my concrete?
The Midwest can have exceptionally dry seasons. The ground under your concrete settles and compacts creating spaces. We’ve also seen homes where the concrete was poured before the ground had settled.
How long will you be here to fix my driveway?
It usually takes between 3-6 hours. It depends on how big the project is. To raise the steps may only take 90 minutes. When we give you a quote, we can estimate the time it will take us to do the job. You don’t pay by the hour.
Is there a deposit required?
No. Payment is due upon completion of the work.
Why does dirt keep washing out under my driveway or sidewalk?
You may have a gutter that is not properly draining away from the concrete or the groundwater is not draining away from your concrete. Having been in the construction industry we may be able to access the situation when we are there for the estimate.
I prefer to use local businesses. How long have you been in Kansas City?
The owners of Concrete Raising Systems have been doing business in Kansas City for over 35 years. We live in Kansas City and our kids went to school here. We built our industry reputation by keeping our word. We know we are part of a small business community that relies on making sure our customers get the products and services they know that can count on.
I’ve been told I need to have my sunken concrete replaced. Can you still help me?
Replacing your sunken driveway or sidewalk may not solve the problem. When you replace concrete, your contractor will place gravel on top of existing dirt and pour new concrete. As a result, the cycle may begin again. The earth under the concrete may settle and the concrete will become uneven over time. If your concrete is not damaged to the point where it can be repaired or raised, the option to raise it should always be considered. Concrete lifting with our eco-friendly cost-saving, time-saving, non-invasive concrete raising system, is an excellent alternative to replacing your concrete driveway, sidewalk, patio, pool deck, porch or garage floor.
I’m moving in 2 years. I just want my sunken concrete fixed cheaply so I can sell my house.
Great! Fixing your concrete using our poly jacking foam will add value and add a long term buying benefit to your house. Our guarantee is transferable. Your new homeowner wants to know that you took care of the issue using state of the art materials that will last and won’t need to be redone.
Can you repair my concrete in cold weather?
We can raise and repair concrete unless the ground is frozen. We also have to pay attention to the outdoor temperatures. The best strategy is to get a quote and we will do the work under the proper weather temperatures. Remember, we don’t take a deposit, so getting a quote is a great way of firming a price- which will not change!
How do you differ from other mud jacking companies?
Besides using foam to raise and level concrete, we have been in construction for over 35 years. There are systems at play around your house. Structurally, we can tell what will the issues are in and around your home and what will ensure the work we do will be effective for the long run.
Why do I have to put dirt around the edges of my sidewalk around the foam?
When the foam is exposed to sunlight it breaks it down. Dirt is like sunblock for the foam.
Should I replace my driveway or fix it?
When we see your driveway we will let you know. 5% of the estimates we have given need to have the concrete replaced.
How soon can I use my driveway after you fix it?
You can drive on it when we leave. You can park a vehicle on it after 24 hours.
What happens if my driveway is sunken by the garage and I don’t fix it?
The driveway is acting like a bridge and it is not designed to be a bridge. If you don’t fix it, it will begin to crack, the rebar under the driveway will start to give and it will sink more and cost you more to fix it.
Why are you a little more expensive than mudjacking?
We are not using dirt mixed with other substances. We use state-of-the-art polyurethane foam.Most mudjacking is temporary. In our experience bidding jobs, a large number of the bids were for jobs that had been mudjacked more than once.
How much will it cost me?
The only way to estimate the cost is to see the concrete that needs to be repaired and give you an estimate in writing. The price of your project will depend on how large the void under your concrete is. The amount of foam we use to raise and lift your concrete determines the cost.
Is there anything I need to do after my driveway is repaired?
In order to preserve the warranty on your driveway, we recommend that you caulk the cracks in the driveway 7-10 days after the work is done. We’ll make sure to let you know how to maintain the driveway before we leave.