Bloomington Commercial Building Leveling
There are many reasons why a building might lose the level and while they aren’t necessarily life threatening the results are undoubtedly less than reassuring. Where the building is commercial, however, even relatively minor degrees of being unlevel taken on a new significance. For many commercial practices the imbalance, unequal surfaces, or gradient can be a problem and if it poses a trip hazard then it also inites liability suits and insurance issues that can prove extremely expensive in the long term. Which is why our clients prefer to come to us for reliable, professional, building leveling services to put things back on the straight and narrow.
The Commercial Difference
In some ways commercial buildings are the same as residential - the foundations simply have to support the weight of walls, floors, and ceilings above them with the only question being how tall the building is and the ratio of weight to footprint that this entails. However there is another key difference between commercial building and residential in that while you could easily have two buildings of the same proportions, the commercial one is a working entity and that has an impact on access. Commercial buildings have to stay open and keep working to recover investment. They have high standards when it comes to liability and the image of the business. We get that and we work closely with commercial owners and managers to ensure minimal downtime and disruption for the business itself. Obviously we also work to the highest standards required by the construction industry, building codes, and local government and safety regulations.
Lifting and Leveling Concrete Surfaces
It doesn’t matter if they are sidewalks, car parking lots, or concrete steps the simple fact is that if you own them and they are in a commercial space with customer footfall then you are responsible for them. If they can be designated as trip hazards then they have to be corrected. So we offer concrete leveling services to correct those dips and uneven surfaces through a number of techniques including the injection of expanding polymer foam to gently and precisely lift areas of concrete slab that have lowered so that you get a level surface again.
A favorite way of correcting and reinforcing foundations helical piers work a bit like a huge screw driven into the ground to increase the load bearing, take pressure of overworked areas of existing foundation, and thereby stabilize buildings and bring them level.
Push Piers and Hydraulics
With push piers and hydraulics as a leveling approach we start with excavation along the side or area that needs lifting and we sink metal piers into the soil until they reach bedrock or a firm load bearing level. Hydraulic manifold lifting systems then bring the structure gently up to the right level. This works especially well where the leveling is required because of soil drying and shifting as a result or where soil has compacted unexpectedly and there is a need to compensate for that movement.