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ADA Compliance Guidelines for Sidewalks

By Mr. Level
March 11, 2019 Category: General

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has a set of guidelines to ensure that sidewalks are constructed to a set of standards that ensures accessibility for the disabled. If theyre not accessible, sidewalks are one of the most common areas that can pose great challenges and dangers to the blind, to anyone in a wheelchair, or to anyone using crutches if theyre not accessible. Follow these ADA compliance guidelines to ensure the safety of all pedestrians on your sidewalks. ADA Sidewalk Requirements Sidewalks and curb ramps need to be made in compliance with ADA standards. When roads are resurfaced or concrete cracks, its important to repair it right away. Heres how to determine if your sidewalk is up to code. Sidewalk width Sidewalk width requirements are especially important for wheelchair-bound individuals. For ADA compliance, the minimum sidewalk width is 36 inches (3 feet), though sidewalks can be wider. If sidewalks are less than 60 inches (5 feet) wide, passing spaces must

Patio Leveling

By Mr. Level
February 20, 2019 Category: General

Level your sunken patio Many home patios are made from concrete because of its durability and even visual qualities, especially when stamped with a design. However, concrete can lead to sunken patios and gaps between slabs. Chalk it up to excessive wear and tear, extreme weather conditions, or shifting in soil. Uneven patios are a huge problem for homeowners because they can cause poor drainage, trip hazards, puddling, icing, and cracked concrete. Rather than replace the concrete, homeowners are better off repairing it. Patio leveling Concrete leveling is fast and inexpensive compared to a complete patio overhaul. Mr. Level has experience raising patios to fix issues associated with uneven concrete. Benefits of concrete leveling include: the cost of replacement Does not damage the surrounding landscape Repaired in hours while it would require days to remove and replace Eliminates trip hazards and associated liabilities Polyurethane concrete leveling foam Polyurethane foam and

Seawall Repair

By Mr. Level
February 20, 2019 Category: Seawall Repair

Reinforce and repair your falling or cracked seawall If you live along Lake Erie, you likely have a seawall, otherwise known as a breakwall, to prevent flooding and deter shore erosion. However, seawalls are commonly made from concrete, which means that the high-impact energy from the waves can cause it to fall or crack. For a cost-effective solution to replacing your seawall, homeowners find it far more beneficial to conduct regular maintenance for reinforcement and repair. How to repair a seawall Once damage is visible, theres a small window of time for seawall repair. Does your seawall need to be repaired? Look for the following signs: Are there any cracks or pieces broken off the cap? Are any of the slabs beginning to deteriorate? Are any of the concrete slabs learning? Is your property losing soil behind the wall? Mr. Level has experience reinforcing and repairing seawalls using an eco-friendly polyurethane foam to form a water-resistant seal. Our poly leveling method is

Why Polyurethane is Better than Mudjacking

By Mr. Level
January 25, 2019 Category: Concrete Leveling

Mudjacking and polyurethane are two common concrete leveling solutions for homeowners and commercial properties looking for an alternative to costly replacement. Is one concrete leveling method better than the other? Lets compare mudjacking vs. polyurethane. What is Mudjacking? Mudjacking is a concrete leveling method that pumps mud under a building, driveway or other sunken concrete to lift it. A specialized hydraulic pump pushes the mud mix into holes drilled in the slabs. Mr. Level considers mudjacking the Flintstones approach to concrete leveling. With mudjacking, your sunken concrete is drilled with dime-size holes, pumped with mud and then the mud hardens up. To support the lifted concrete, mudjacking relies on underlying soils, which are impacted by the same elements that lead to cracking and sinking, so contractors are not able to guarantee the work. What is Polyurethane? An alternative concrete leveling option, polyurethane foam is used in place of mud. The foam expands

Home Improvement Ideas on a Budget

By Mr. Level
January 03, 2019 Category: General

The start of a new year is a great time to start planning which home improvement projects youre going to tackle. Sure, the snow may make everything look beautiful now, but whats underneath will come to light after the spring thaw. Not to mention, all the time youll be spending snuggled up indoors will bring interior home projects to the forefront of your to-do list. Its best to use this time to get ahead and start factoring your home improvement projects into your budget now. Need some home improvement ideas? Keep reading for some budget-friendly ways you can improve your home this year with Mr. Level. Concrete Home Improvement Projects: Fallen, cracked and damaged concrete is not only visually unappealing, it also can be dangerous. Dont put off your concrete repair projects in 2019. Mr. Level has expertise when it comes to concrete floors, basements, pool decks, patios, curbs, driveways, sidewalks and more. Check out all the different ways Mr. Level can help you with your home improvement

Benefits of Seawall Repair and Reinforcement

By Mr. Level
December 11, 2018 Category: Repairing A Sea Wall

If you live along Lake Erie, you likely have a seawall, otherwise known as a breakwall. Seawalls prevent flooding and are used to deter shore erosion, which can eat away at the land and cause extreme damage to roads, homes and other buildings. Commonly made from concrete, seawalls are highly susceptible to falling and/or cracking due to the high-impact energy derived from the waves. However, instead of replacing it, many find seawall repair to be the better solution with the help of Mr. Level. Read on to understand the benefits of seawall repair. Benefits of repairing a seawall Rather than replacing your seawall, youre actually better off repairing it. While this may seem like a temporary solution, savvy homeowners agree that seawall repair makes the most sense. There are several advantages of seawall repair, including: Seawalls help protect your home and property against storm surge flooding by providing a barrier between water and land. Without the seawall barrier, your home, roads

Why Businesses Rely on Mr. Level for Concrete Repair

By Mr. Level
December 07, 2018 Category: , Concrete Leveling

Is your business sinkingor is it just your concrete? If your concrete has created a hazardous or unappealing condition and you want it fixed for good, Mr. Level is the concrete repair solution for your business needs. Our concrete leveling application has been issued on sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, loading docks and floors for commercial properties like apartment complexes, factories and warehouses. Weve done all types of concrete repairs, ranging from single concrete slabs to total floor replacements. Understand the importance of concrete leveling and why Mr. Level has the solution to the many challenges businessowners face when it comes to maintaining the concrete in and around commercial property. Dont let concrete leveling fall by the wayside There are many reasons why business owners shouldnt wait to fix cracked, sunken or uneven concrete. Safety is a top concern when it comes to uneven concrete. Trip hazards can harm you, your staff, and/or your customers, allowing your

Why Concrete Crack Repair is Important

By Mr. Level
December 07, 2018 Category: Caulking

Cracked concrete is not only unattractive but can also become dangerous the longer you leave the cracks alone. Cracks can grow over time and have the potential to cause serious harm to cars and pedestrians on your property. Not to mention, they are a great place for grass and weeds to grow. You dont want to delay concrete crack repair. Do you have a cracked driveway? Understand what causes cracks and how concrete caulk can repair and improve the look, value and safety of your property. How concrete cracks There are five main reasons that can cause your driveway to crack, including: Plastic shrinkage. Concrete is made up of cement and water. As the concrete hardens and the water evaporates, the concrete shrinks. Too much water will lead to too much shrinkage, causing the concrete to crack. Thats why concrete cracks are frequently seen within the first 30 days. Fast drying. Ever wonder why concrete cracks when drying? Concrete that dries too quickly can cause crazing and crusting.

Before and After: Stamped Concrete Patio Repair Leveling

By Mr. Level
November 13, 2018 Category: Concrete Leveling

Laying a new concrete patio is an investment, but just like any other concrete it is likely to settle and crack overtime. With stamped concrete the seams can help direct the settling to specific areas, but you may need to repair your cracked concrete over time. Thisproject we completed was for a sunken stamped concrete patio. See our before, in process, and after images below. Before - Sunken Concrete Patio You can see in these before images that there was a large crack along the seam of the patio that caused the patio to sink toward the house. It also exposed a void, or gap, underneath the concrete step at the back of the house. In addition to an uneven surface, when you have concrete thats sinking toward the house you should be concerned about water running into your foundation. To solve this problem, we used foam to level the concrete and fill the void under the step. In Process - Leveling Patio with Polyurethane Foam Mr. Level uses a polyurethane foam to raise concrete and

Have a Falling Sea Wall? Repair it (Instead of Replacing it)

By Mr. Level
September 06, 2018 Category: Repairing A Sea Wall

Living on the wateris the dream of many water-loving people. The thought of hitting the beach by walking out your back door is truly a dream for many who love the outdoors. However, living by Lake Eries edge brings concerns of erosion which can eat away at the land, and often times your home. Seawalls can be found on coastlines throughout the world and provide a defined line of the land and sea. Most commonly, seawalls are used to deter shore erosion, especially when it could result in extreme damage to roads and buildings. However, the high-impact energy derived from the waves can impact the seawalls integrity, leaving many homeowners having to attempt repairs - or worse replacing the seawalls. Replacing a Seawall Maintaining a seawall is an ongoing project and replacing one is not cheap. The expense really starts to add up when there isnt easy access to the seawall. No access means that property owners are forced to cough up thousands of dollars to pay for the replacement by using

Front Step Has Settled and How We Repaired It!

By Mr. Level
August 16, 2018 Category: Settled Steps

Today on our mini-series with Mr. Level Owner, Joe Work, and Virteom CEO Dan Carbone, we talk aboutfront steps that have settledand how Mr. Level was able to come in with polyurethane foam and pump it back up to regulation. My Front Step has Settled - What Should I do? Its hard enough for the Average Joe to climb uneven, settled steps. But imagine having to climb these same steps as a child or a grandparent? Unevensettled stepsare a trip hazard, and make it hard just to get in and out of your front door. Weve seenuneven, settled concrete stepsmany times in the concrete leveling business, but in this particular case -- we went out to an elderly couples house and took care of their settled cement. Uneven Steps: Breaking City Codes Having to climb steps that are significantly different in height, depth and width from the other stairs can upset climbers balance -- resulting in a fall. Step building codes are based on the assumption that each step should be the same size, making it easy

How Concrete Leveling Can Solve Your Waterproofing Woes

By Mr. Level
July 24, 2018 Category: Redirecting, Waterproofing, Concrete Leveling

What is Waterproofing? Waterproofing involves the use of techniques and resources necessary to prevent water from getting inside your homes basement. When it rains very hard, a waterproofed basement will not experience any water from outside. If you have recently experienced a basement flood, it is important to understand the root of your problems before choosing a plan of action. Even if your basement has seen its share of water, insufficient waterproofing may not be the problem. Why Your Problem May Not Be Bad Waterproofing: Depending on your home, calling your local waterproofing experts may not actually solve your problem. Its important to know where the water came from. If your basement looks fine on the inside, with no cracks, water marks or any presence of mold, mildew or any foul smells, then your basement might not be the problem, after all. Instead, you should rather think outside the basement. If you have concrete outside your home, it could be sunken in, cracked or sloped

What is Concrete Pool Leveling?

By Mr. Level
July 05, 2018 Category: Cement Leveling, Pools

Concrete pools are meant to be strong and last a long time. But it is not to say that they do not require a good bit of maintaining in order to keep them in pristine condition every year. As you own your concrete pool long-term, it comes as no surprise if it begins to sink due to one or more of the following conditions: Flooding Poor compaction Underperforming pool equipment And soil erosions Symptoms for these pool conditions include cracks, triphazards, deck settlements, and uneven water levels on two or more sides of your pool. Whether you are facing issues with your concrete pool, or have a bad feeling about the shape of your pool, there is no concrete job that Mr. Level cannot handle. We provide excellent polyurethane concrete stabilization that is fast, hassle-free, and effective. How Does Concrete Pool Leveling Work? With Mr. Level, your concrete pool can be repaired and/or lifted with polymer injections that expand underneath your concrete. As a result, your pool is raised

Leveling Sandstone Sidewalks

By Mr. Level
May 24, 2018 Category: Leveling Sidewalks, Leveling Sandstone Sidewalks

Sidewalk Leveling Responsibility for maintenance of sidewalks, public or private, varies from city to city. There are many Cleveland suburbs that will cite its residents for sidewalks that are labeled as trip hazards or that cause puddling. Is your sidewalk a trip hazard? Did you already receive a citation? Feel free to give us a call for a free concrete leveling estimate or fill out our form online. Leveling Sidewalk Slabs Mr. Level is experienced in leveling sidewalks of all kind and can even preserve your sandstone sidewalks. Check out one instance where we saved a homeowners sandstone sidewalks: Leveling Sandstone Sidewalks Many of the older suburbs in Northeast Ohio, like Rocky River, have sandstone sidewalks. Sandstone sidewalks are a beautiful feature in any neighborhood. In the video (above) we explain an insance where a client wanted us topump theirsidewalk so they didnt lose the Rocky River charm theyve grown to love.We were able to get in, get the job done quickly, and

Cement Leveling with Masonry

By Mr. Level
May 01, 2018 Category: Cement Leveling, Masonry

Video Recap: In this mini-series with Dan Carbone and Joe Work, Owner of Mr. Level, we cover cement leveling with masonry. A lot of people dont know that even though Mr. Level is acement levelingbusiness, we can still do something with masonry. Leveling a Masonry Step You can see (below) that there is a masonry step (brick) with a sandstone top. Fortunately, this masonry was placed on top of a patio. If this was not ona patio, we would not have been able to complete this job. Since this has a base we were able to drill through the base and drill through the step and the base as one entity. You can see (below) the step is now level and we brought it up.It saved this whole job. If they were to redo the patio and the step it would have been a $6,000 job. It ended up only being a $2,000 job. They walked away and were absolutely ecstatic. We were able to save this couple of having to match their brick home to a new modern patio. By only leveling the step we saved their backyard. Timeline Instead

3 Reasons To Take Advantage of Polyurethane

By Mr. Level
April 12, 2018 Category: Why Use Polyurethane

Did you know that the polyurethane market is experiencing explosive growth? The demand for sustainable, versatile materials fuels the development of polyurethane. Its a super hot solution in many consumer and commercial markets. Check out these three reasons why polyurethane is so hot right now. As a homeowner, find out how you can take advantage of this trend by using polyurethane concrete leveling to improve your home. 1. Polyurethane is a Sustainable Material Polyurethane is developed with a bio-based recipe. When compared to other polymers, polyurethane takes less energy to manufacture. Less chemical emissions are produced during manufacturing. Polyurethane is backwards compatible with many pieces of polymer equipment, like concrete leveling equipment. Cleanliness, efficiency and innovation are just some of the key reasons why polyurethane is a superior material. 2. The Polyurethane Market is On The Rise According to Global Market Insights the U.S. polyurethanes market is set

Clear Home Inspections by Fixing Your Concrete Today

By Mr. Level
March 20, 2018 Category: Concrete Leveling

We understand that selling your house can be a bumpy road especially when the inspection report comes back with a list of items that need to be addressed before the home can be sold.Concrete raising with polyurethanecan help eliminate some of the stress by offering an inexpensive and quick solution to many concrete issues that may be on a home inspectors report.As a polyurethane contactor, the items we see most flagged are concrete pitch, step height and trip hazards. The requirements in Avon, OH for passing your inspection add to the challenge. If raising your concrete happens to be one of the tasks you need for a clear inspection, wed be happy to help you raise, level and smooth out your concrete with polyurethane. How does Mr. Level raise your concrete? To raise concrete, we drill holes into already established concrete and inject a polyurethane foam that lifts the concrete back up where it belongs. This process uses very few resources and takes almost no time at all to do. Replacing

The Ideal Time to Dream of Concrete Leveling

By Mr. Level
December 20, 2017 Category: General

The snows of Northeast Ohio bury driveways and backyard entertainment spaces in a blanket of white. Some of us breathe a sigh of relief that the outdoor to-do list decreases and the unsightly looks beautiful. Let us suggest another use for the hibernation of these winter months. Snuggling in front of the fire or settling around the table with family and friends offers the perfect time to dream. What do you want to lay beneath that layer of snow after the spring thaw? Do you long for your sunken patio to be returned to its former glory? Do you wish your concrete pool deck did not pose a health risk to guests? The imperfections of indoor spaces become more apparent as kids spend time running around the basement due to cold outdoor temperatures. The impact of winter freezing and salt wreak havoc on garage floors. Winter proves the ideal time to complete repair on sunken or damaged concrete floors indoors as well, or save up for it. Now is the time to plan! Concrete leveling does not damage

Why You Should Level Your Concrete Before Winter

By Mr. Level
November 28, 2017 Category: Concrete Leveling

Winter is right around the corner, and with it brings the snow and freezing rain. While many of us look forward to this time of year, it also brings with it its fair share of work and worry. As you start going through your checklist, making sure youre ready for the season, one thing you should make a point to inspect is the concrete in your drive or walkway. If this concrete is badly cracked or uneven, you should consider getting it leveled before the winter really sets it. But why level your concrete before winter? Uneven Concrete Can Be a Hazard When the snow and ice hit, getting from point A to B can already be tricky enough. When you add uneven concrete to the mix, youre basically creating a recipe for a trip or fall. Often, the uneven areas are obscured or hidden because of the snow and ice, and even when you can see them, they are much easier to slip on. Getting your concrete leveled can help avoid this problem and the medical bills and headaches that can come with injuries. Uneven

Why Should I repair my Sunken Driveway?

By Mr. Level
October 26, 2017 Category: General

No matter where you live, there are some parts of your home that you just never think to fix. While the plumbing, heating, cooling, and electricity are all immediate concerns and even your homes paint job attracts more attention and is fixed more frequently few people ever consider the important role their driveway plays in their lives. And when that driveway has cracked or sunken concrete, it can be easy to feel like its just a part of your life after all, you can get used to driving through a dip in the concrete every time you leave your house, right? In reality, its crucial to fix the concrete outside your home as soon as possible so that you can avoid any kind of serious issues going forward. To start, cracked concrete is a safety hazard it can be easy to trip over if youre not paying attention, or especially at night when its dark and you have no way to tell if the ground in front of you is even or not. The last thing you want is someone whether a member of your family or a

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