One of the more common beliefs, when it comes to different construction work, is they all need to be done during warm weather. If that were true, nothing would ever get built in colder climates! That also applies to concrete lifting, especially because some areas that close during the colder months of the year are excellent candidates for construction repairs particularly in winter!
What about equipment?
Most slab lifting equipment has built-in heaters and a heated hose. Know the limitations of the tools you need to use when lifting sunken concrete slabs. Talk to the manufacturer and discuss the average winter temperature and the temperatures that particular pieces of equipment and materials need to have. It is essential to keep the optimal temperature of your gear when it’s not in use even in the coldest weather so that it will work properly when needed. There are different ways to keep your materials in the right conditions for use, do your research and decide what fits your circumstances best.
What about the application?
Most polyurethane foams come out of the hose heated and increase their temperature as they react and expand. Take this into consideration when lifting cold slabs because of the heat sink effect. Cold concrete will drain the energy out of the hot foam as it starts expanding, slowing down the foam development, so pay attention not to overdo it. Instead, factor this into your calculations to avoid errors.
Slab lifting in cold weather is not an impossible task, and can even be a great business opportunity. Just make sure you keep the materials and the tools you use conditioned and ready for action, even in lower temperatures.
If you are based in the state of Colorado, and you want to learn more about the most effective solutions and techniques of concrete repair, contact us at Eco Level, schedule a free consultation, and we will answer all your questions!