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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

Can Concrete Leveling Fix a Sunken Patio?

By Mr Level
August 02, 2018 Category: Sunken Concrete

Welcome back to another video series onMr.level.com. With us isDan Carbone ofVirteom, and Mr. Level owner,Joe Work. Were excited about the topic of this blog today. A problem a lot of home owners in Northeast Ohio have is that their patio is sunken, and water begins rushing towards the house. Homeowners are faced with a tough decision: how can I fix my sunken patio? Can Concrete Leveling Fix a Sunken Patio? Fixing sunken patios are one of the biggest jobs Mr. Level has. In our video interiew example, the patio shown on the house was sinking, the foundation was exposed -- you can even see the wood, and the step up to the front door is well over 12 inches -- making it a safety hazard. To Replace or Repair a Sunken Patio? We would rather fix your sunken pavers than replace them. It costs almost twice as much to replace uneven concrete as it does to repair through raising and leveling your cement! Repairing your sunken concrete patio will: Save Money Repairing your concrete is a

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

Benefits of Foam Jacking Sidewalks

By Mr Level
June 21, 2018 Category: Polyurethane

Uneven sidewalks can be unsightly and dangerous. Often, the responsibility of fixing an uneven sidewalk falls upon the homeowner or business owner. Replacing an uneven sidewalk comes with a huge price tag but you dont have to replace it. You can repair it! You have a few options on how to level a sidewalk but the best way is with polyurethane foam. Here are some great advantages to using this method to level your sidewalk: Using Polyurethane to Level Your Sidewalk is a Clean Method Other methods of sidewalk leveling require you transport materials to the worksite and mix it there before applying it to the sidewalk. Although spills can be washed away, these methods are messy and wasteful. When you pump your sidewalk with polyurethane, the equipment just needs to be connected and sealed to the repair area, resulting in fewer spills and less waste. Foam Jacking with Polyurethane is not Disruptive Some other methods of sidewalk leveling require quite a bit of drilling into concrete

What PolyJacking Means Vs. MudJacking

By Mr Level
June 07, 2018 Category: Polyurethane

Sinking, uneven concrete? Pump it, dont replace it! There are two different ways to approach concrete leveling. There is mudjacking and there is polyurethane lifting. We like to think of Mudjacking as more of the Flintstones approach. With mudjacking, they pump in mud underneath your sunken concrete. The mix then hardens up underneath your concrete to level it. Recently, we were hired to come in and correct a mudjacking job. In this video you can see the product they used to pump the uneven patio hardened up and the slab ended up back in its old sunken state: The mudjacking product distorted the property, and rendered the patio unusable. Concrete Leveling with Polyurethane When we go in with polyurethane, which is a new form, I call it the Jetsons approach. Were going in with 100% liquid A/B product. When the product touches itself, it mixes and raises within 15 seconds. It is water resistant and is a close cell process, (meaning that nothing is ever going to irritate it). We,

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

Leveling Concrete in Confined Spaces

By Mr Level
May 17, 2018 Category: , General

Do you have uneven concrete on your property? Is your land sloped, cracked or just not level? Let Mr Level restore your concrete to an even and comfortable grade. Our concrete leveling with polyurethane can level out just about any ground, even in tight or closed-off spaces. Keep reading to find out the benefits of leveling concrete in confined spaces. Watch How We Transformed this Confined Space with Concrete Leveling: Ready to even your concrete grounds? Request a free quote from Mr. Level of North Ridgeville, Ohio, and get started today! Concrete Levelingin Confined Spaces When concrete slabs sink into the ground, its usually due to hallow or unstable ground beneath the concrete. Over time, even a concrete foundation that was once stable can give way to erosion. Unlevel concrete and eroded land can be particularly challenging in confined spaces like a backyard patio, a small shed floor or a tiny garage. If you want to remove and replace all the concrete, you dont have much

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

Voids Under Concrete? Mr. Level Can Help!

By Mr Level
April 24, 2018 Category: Concrete Voids, Cement Leveling

How solid is the ground beneath your concrete? Keep your concrete level and prevent accidents with Mr. Level polyurethane concrete leveling. Whats Under Your Concrete? Are there voids? In our area of Ohio, there are many reasons why a one stable piece of property can become uneven. Once it does, it presents a trip-and-fall safety hazard. Uneven concrete can lead to long term problems including land erosion, water retention or complete collapse. When you notice your concrete sloping or jutting up from the ground, you have three choices for how to deal with it. Ignore it, hope it goes away This isnt a good option, not if you value your concrete property. So, move on to: Replace your concrete This is expensive and usually unnecessary. Unlevel concrete can be raised, lowered and stabilized with, Concrete leveling Drill into the concrete, inject deep foam polyurethane and level your concrete with the rest of your property. Signs of Trouble with Your Concrete or Land Before

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