Interview with an Expert: Why is PolyLevel the Best Concrete Leveling Option?

Friday, October 12th, 2018 by Abby Hanson

I've heard that PolyLevel is the best product in the industry for concrete leveling, but I wanted to find out why. I met with PolyLevel expert Travis Burkart who works for Ohio Basement Authority in Columbus, OH. He has several years of training and experience with using PolyLevel as a concrete lifting and leveling product. As PolyLevel is installed, it expands under a concrete slab.

Q: How does PolyLevel work?

A: PolyLevel is a highly expansive foam that pushes the soil down and lifts the concrete slab up. It is "hydrophobic," which means that it deflects water. This prevents the soil from washing out further underneath the slab. It also acts as a thermal barrier. This means that it is insulation for the ground, and it prevents the soiling from drying up from heat and shrinking.

Q: Why is PolyLevel better than mudjacking?

A: PolyLevel is about three pounds per cubic foot. With mudjacking, they pump in a concrete slurry that adds about 100 pounds per cubic foot. Why would you want to add all of that extra weight to a slab that's already sinking? Another perk is the cure time. With PolyLevel, you can use the concrete immediately after we install it. If it's under your driveway, you can drive on it right after. With mudjacking, the cure time is a week or so. You also can't just use mudjacking for certain areas like pool decks, so that gives an extra advantage to using PolyLevel.

Q: Is PolyLevel environmentally friendly?

A: Yes! Polylevel will break down after about 70 or 80 years. It's also recyclable.

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