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Concrete Slab Stabilization in Avon, Ohio

By Mr. Level
May 21, 2019 Category: Concrete Repair, Concrete Stabilizing

With any home and property projects, it is always easier to catch an issue before it turns into a bigger and more expensive problem. The same is true for stabilizing your concrete. Many people do not know that there is an issue with their driveways until it is too late afterthe concrete has settled. However, the solution is quick and painless! What is Concrete Stabilizing? Often, if your driveway has a void underneath the concrete, you can hear the drive shifting when you are parking, or your kids are playing on it. The sound is typically a thud. If you hear this thudding sound when youre on your driveway, it is important to call us right away so we can stabilize the concrete as soon as possible. To stabilize your driveway, all we have to do is drill a dime-sized hole into the concrete, and then we pump our polyurethane foam into the hole. This foam will fill the void underneath your driveway and allow it to become stable and safe from settling. In this example, the customer had

Polyurethane Foam Acts as a Barrier to Rodents

By Mr. Level
May 21, 2019 Category: Polyurethane

When it begins to get cold outside, mice and other rodents seek refuge. If they can find a way in, theyll move into your house, creating huge problems for homeowners. Theyll eat or destroy your food, gnaw at your power cords, boxes and shoes, leave droppings all over your house and multiply quickly. Prevention is key, and polyurethane expanding foam is an inexpensive and effective option that could be part of the solution to a potentially big problem. Rodent Resistant Expanding Foam The key to deterring rodents from entering your home is to close, fill or cover any openings they may be using to gain entry. Its best to inspect the areas around your homes foundation from the outside for any cracks or gaps where rodents could get in. Rodents can also squeeze through gaps and openings in pipes, so youll want to seal around those, as well. Filling the cracks and voids with the polyurethane foam acts as a rodent barrier, as mice and other rodents arent able to chew through spray foam insulation. With

The 4 Best Improvements to Make Before Selling Your House

By Mr. Level
May 21, 2019 Category: General

The checklist for selling your house can be long. Overlooking certain areas or cutting corners could result in selling your home for a price lower than youre hoping. Thats why taking measures to improve your homes appearance is a must to not only sell your home but to also add to its value. Here are a few home improvement ideas for getting your house ready to sell. Level Uneven Concrete Prospective buyers expect level surfaces, whether its your concrete slab floors or the front porch. Rather than replace the concrete (or worse, ignore it), you can quickly level it using polyurethane foam. Concrete leveling can be done for half the cost of replacement and can be completed in mere hours as opposed to days. It wont damage the surrounding area and will be immediately ready for foot traffic for all your home tours. Close the Gaps Prospective buyers will see right through those cracks and gaps in your homes foundation. Polyurethane can also be used to fill voids and create a water-resistant

Debunking 6 Concrete Repair Myths

By Mr. Level
May 21, 2019 Category: Concrete Repair

There are a lot of misconceptions about concrete repair. Maybe youve heard its costly or invasive. Or, perhaps you think uneven or cracked concrete is a cosmetic repair or that different methods of leveling concrete are better than others. Below, weve debunked common myths youve heard about concrete leveling and repair. Concrete repair jobs are expensive. Concrete replacement can be expensive. However, for half the cost, you can repair concrete with polyurethane concrete leveling foam. With Mr. Level, our concrete leveling services are guaranteed to last a lifetime, which you wont find anywhere else in Ohio. Concrete crack repair is 100% cosmetic. While cracked concrete is unattractive and an excellent place for grass and weeds to grow, its more than just a cosmetic repair. Its also damaging to vehicles and can create unsafe conditions for pedestrians on your property. Concrete repair takes days to complete. Concrete leveling and repair is fast when you use polyurethane. Rather

Save Your Property and Money by Reinforcing Your Break Wall with Mr. Level

By Mr. Level
May 14, 2019 Category: Polyurethane, Repairing A Sea Wall, Waterproofing

One of our biggest void filling jobs at Mr. Level is filling break walls. If you own property on Lake Erie, you probablyhave a break wallor seawallto help prevent erosion and flooding. These break walls are typically made of concrete which means that they themselves will eventually erode mainly due to constant contact from waves in heavy rain and snow storms. Some typical signsof break wall erosion are uneven concrete, cracks in the wall, and more. The reason that the concrete cannot withstand the waves is due to voids within and underneath the break wall. Repairing Your Break Wall with Polyurethane The solution is simple, effective, and affordable! We come to your property and fill the voids in your break wall with polyurethane foam. This foam expands in 15 seconds, combining itself with the break wall creating a watertight barrier. The foam actually sprays out about two to three feet in length so we can spray back in really deep crevices creating a more reinforced wall. Reinforcing

How Do I Prevent Water from Leaking into My Basement?

By Mr. Level
May 07, 2019 Category: Polyurethane, Concrete Leveling, Water Leaks

At Mr. Level, we specialize in polyurethane concrete lifting and one of our most importantjobsispreventing water from leaking into someones home. We get calls from customers who already have water leaking into their basements, and calls from people who see the water on the outside of their homes, but it isnt making its way into their house yet. Mr. Level should be the first call you make to ensure your home is safe from water, even before you call a waterproofer! This customer had water leaking into their basement because of the sunken concrete shown here. So, we went there, lifted the concrete with polyurethane,andtipped it the other way so that the water wasdraining away from their house. This process only cost the customer a few hundred dollars which is much less expensive than if they had called a waterproofer! Polyurethane Prevents Pooling Water Below is a photo of a customers driveway which part of had settled allowing water to pool up against their house. This is one of

Lift Your Concrete with Polyurethane

By Mr. Level
April 30, 2019 Category: Polyurethane, Concrete Leveling

Concrete settles because the base underneath it has given way. The foundation is created from the extracted dirt from the basement of the house. After a while, this foundation begins to sink due to clay pockets. As it rains, those clay pockets have to fill in air space causing the weight of the concrete to press down on the base. We at Mr. Level specialize in lifting sunken concrete so that its leveled again, leaving your home safe and beautiful! The majority of the jobs we handle are walkways in the front of houses such as the one shown below. You can see that this contractor did a really good job because he used rebar in the front porch so it wouldnt settle. Unfortunately, the weight of the concrete still made it snap, and it settled. But there is a way to repair it after it has settled! What is Polyurethane Concrete Leveling? Polyurethane concrete leveling is the best solution to fixing unleveled concrete as it is the most durable material that will support your concrete walkways

Concrete Grinding Vs. Leveling

By Mr. Level
April 16, 2019 Category: Concrete Leveling

When repairing your concrete driveway and sidewalk, there are a few methods homeowners can turn to for fast and easy leveling, rather than replacing it entirely. Mudjacking, as previously discussed, doesnt have the long-term guarantee of other concrete leveling methods. That leaves homeowners with the options of concrete grinding or leveling. Understand the difference between these two concrete repair methods, and why concrete leveling with polyurethane foam is the best option for homeowners. What is Concrete Grinding? Concrete grinding is a process of using an abrasive tool to grind rough concrete surfaces to reveal a smooth and shiny surface. Its commonly used by homeowners to repair concrete surfaces like driveways and sidewalks. The problem with grinding concrete as a repair solution, though, is purely cosmetic. If you want to improve the look and value of your property, concrete grinding wont match your existing concrete. Grinded concrete is a different color, as it reveals bright

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.

Stamped Concrete Patio Repair Leveling - Before and After

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