American Foundation & Basement Repairs, LLC provides comprehensive concrete backfill options to the Knoxville, Chattanooga, Asheville, Johnson City, and Cookeville areas. One of the most tricky decisions to make with concrete is determining when it's truly ready to endure extra pressure, whether from cars being driven over it, additional floors being constructed, or adding concrete backfill. While concrete may seem dry pretty quickly, its strength might not be completely developed until some time later. Get a free estimate with our professionals today.
Foundation Pouring with Shotcrete
Many people are familiar with concrete and its numerous benefits when constructing a home's foundation, but many people have not heard of shotcrete. It is essentially concrete that is projected into an area. It was first used to project concrete into molds in the early 20th century. Over the years, contractors began to see the many other ways that this material could be used, such as with filling in or patching over areas in a horizontal or vertical facing, such as with a foundation.
Shotcrete can be used when pouring a foundation, or it can be used to fill in areas where there are cracks in foundation walls that could potentially let water seep inside. The shotcrete can also be used in the construction of sidewalks, landscaping features, garage floors, patios, porches, and so on. It is widely used because of its durable nature, and for the fact that it is designed to last in nearly all applications.
The shotcrete technique makes use of compressed air in the "dry" method and ready-mixed concrete with the "wet" method. With both applications, steel mesh is used to help reinforce and stabilize the surface where the material is being used. These shotcrete patches, facades, or foundations tend to last much longer than other building or repair techniques.
Perfect For Basement Finishing Projects
As mentioned above, shotcrete can be used to fix cracked foundation walls. Cracks in the foundation that pose a threat to the structural integrity of a home will need to have their initial cause diagnosed and taken care of. However, if you have cracks in the walls because of the normal shrinking and curing process with concrete, these are areas that you need to get filled in and patched over before you get the basement finished. The reason for doing so is because cracks in the foundation will eventually let moisture seep inside. This seepage can get stuck behind drywall or whatever kind of basement wall panels you choose to get installed.
This product is perfect for remodeling and finishing a basement because it can be applied quickly, and it will be effective at keeping moisture out where it belongs.
Please contact American Foundation & Basement Repair at 877-784-5636 to understand more about our concrete backfill services.