If your concrete basement, or any other surface, is settling or beginning to slope you should consider having it leveled. Uneven concrete can cause many problems in your home or business, so it’s important to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.
There are many different ways to level concrete. Which method you choose will depend on both your budget and the condition and quality of the concrete. If you don’t know which method to use for your home and business, it is best to contact a professional contractor to get advice and receive an on-site estimate.
Self-leveling Concrete Underlayment
Pouring self-leveling cement underlayment onto an uneven concrete surface is a popular solution to level the slab. This solution is made of polyurethane, which settles over the slab and helps to achieve an even surface.
This type of leveling works well on Concrete Leveling Contractors Cleveland Heights used in basements. It is a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly option than pumping polyurethane, mud, or sand under the surface of the concrete.
Preparing the surface is the first step when using self leveling concrete. Sweep the concrete and vacuum it to remove any dust, dirt or debris which may prevent it from adhering correctly.
Seal cracks and holes in concrete with a sealer and filler. This will help to ensure that the selfleveling compound doesn’t leak or waste product into these areas.
Once you have sealed all the cracks and crevices in the floor, it is time to apply the self leveling compound. Apply a small amount of the solution to the floor with a trowel or squeegee, spreading it out evenly and allowing it to dry for about two minutes.
After the self leveling compound has dried out, you will need to apply a primer over the entire surface. The primer will make the self-leveling compounds adhere to the surface and create a smooth glossy finish.
Some self-leveling compounds require a primer, depending on the manufacturer. This primer will usually be a paint or powder in a light color that can either be applied with a paintbrush or roller. The primer will create a smooth and level surface to adhere the self-leveling compounds to.
A second step is to grind any high spots that have not been completely ground out. You can use a sander or a power grinding machine to accomplish this.
When grinding down high spots, remember that some of concrete will be dislodged. Use a straightedge to ensure that you don’t do this. This is because a straightedge will guide the power grinding machine as it moves across the concrete.
The power grinder is not able to grind down the high spots completely but it will help shave off some of them. Once you have done this, you may begin to grind down the other high points.