Cracked and sinking concrete can be unsightly and take away from the beauty of a home and its landscaping. Sinking can also allow water to pool in the driveway and present tripping hazards.
A homeowner in Ormond Beach, Florida called us because he has these concerns about his driveway.
We were able to repair the concrete and mitigate the water pooling but using PolyLevel and french drains. PolyLevel is a specialized foam that our expert crews are able to use to permanently pump up a sunken concrete slab. They also sealed the cracks with a product called NexusPro. The french drains will collect any water and deposit it in the street instead of on the driveway.
A homeowner in Deland, FL has a concrete patio slab he was concerned about. It was settling and cracking due to an insufficient footing and soil erosion. The concrete slab was also on a small slope that was gradually wearing away.
Our inspector, Jesse Nash, visited the home to take a look at the patio and determine how Florida Foundation Authority could help.
He explained that we could use the PolyLevel system to fix and protect the concrete patio. This system involves injecting a specialized foam under the slab to lift it to the desired height. The foam hardens within 20 minutes and has been proven to last indefinitely -- all while being recyclable and environmentally friendly!
Our crew, led by Mike McDonald, performed the installation and was able to make the patio even and fill in the cracks to prevent further wash-out under the slab.
The homeowner is very happy with the restored beauty of his patio and removal of tripping hazards.
A couple in Debary, FL reached out to Florida Foundation Authority because their screened-in porch flooded every time it rained. They were interested in exploring ways to prevent this from happening.
Our inspector, Joe Travis, went out and explained how our crew could install french drains and extend the downspout lines to keep rainwater from puddling around the foundation.
The homeowners agreed to this work on the same day. A couple weeks later, our crew, led by foreman Mike McDonald, went out and installed 70 french drains and 47 feet of additional downspout line. The downspout conductor lines will carry water from the gutters and drains to the street instead of in the lawn or alongside the home.
A homeowner in Lake Mary, FL noticed a large crack in his attached garage wall. He was concerned that this would get worse over time or spread to his home. So, he called Florida Foundation Authority to help him with this foundation problem.
Our inspector, Jim Pierpoint, went out to the home and determined that the problem could be repaired with two helical piers. These are steel supports that are screwed into the ground to a more stable soil layer in order to support the foundation better than the topsoil layer.
Our crew, led by foreman Mike McDonald, went out and installed the two helical piers. To do so, they had to dig out a large portion of the customer's landscaping. However, they did an amazing job of putting the garden back together and concealing the piers underground.
Now, the garage is properly supported and the homeowner does not need to worry about further issues.
Homeowners in Oviedo, FL called into our office to schedule an inspection for water coming into their home. They were unsure of the problem, but we were happy to send out our certified inspector, Jim Pierpoint, to investigate the cause.
Jim arrived and determined that the water was pouring around the home's foundation from the short downspout lines. The concrete inside and outside of the home was also tilted and unlevel which was causing water to pour toward and into the home.
The homeowners discussed their concerns with Jim and he found that installing new downspout conductor lines, french drains, and PolyLevel would repair the problem. This involves a redirection of the current downspout lines to move the water out into the yard instead of puddling around the foundation. We also placed drains in several places to make sure any rain that did drop around the home would drain as well. PolyLevel is a polyurethane foam that is pumped under concrete through small injection sites. The foam expands to fill the empty spaces that are causing the concrete slabs to tilt. It hardens and leaves the concrete level and able to support weight within 15 minutes.
This permanent solution was implemented by our experienced crew of Doug Secrest and Mike McDonald. The repairs they made with permanently keep water out of this home and give the homeowners peace of mind.