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Don’t let crumbling, cracked, or sunken concrete ruin your home's curb appeal. When it comes to repairing your deteriorating concrete sidewalk, driveway, pool deck, garage floors, or patio, Indiana Foundation Service has the solution you need to take pride in your outdoor concrete fixtures.

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While concrete can sustain damage for a variety of reasons, sunken concrete slabs around your home are generally caused by a weak soil base or erosion. Indiana Foundation Service uses PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam injections to lift the sunken slabs back to their original position. Our method is simple, long-lasting, and much less expensive than other alternatives.


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I bought this home a couple years ago and had been concerned about my crawl space. There were some issues with the foundation and both…

I bought this home a couple years ago and had been concerned about my crawl space. There were some issues with the foundation and both needed to be addressed.Eric D and Tyler L were both very thorough and made sure to answer all of my questions (and I had a few!)They did a great job and I am looking forward to not having to worry about that crawl space anymore!Thank you Eric and Tyler for a great job!

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I was pleased with Doug C professionalism! He explained things very well!

I was pleased with Doug C professionalism! He explained things very well!

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We had work done for a drain install in our foundation and a sub-pump. I have been burned several times with recent work to my house and…

We had work done for a drain install in our foundation and a sub-pump. I have been burned several times with recent work to my house and was skeptical when we hired this company. I can say that all my worry was for nothing. Charlie came out to give us an estimate, and although we were short on time we made it work and he ended up staying for a long time (even through making dinner for our kid) to ensure we understood. It never once felt invasive and he did not try to pressure us into buying the product. Our cats loved him as well which was an added bonus and made us feel better. When he left, we talked about how nice and kind he was and he did not seem like a sales person. He also answered our extra questions a couple weeks later as we were waiting on the install to happen. We again were hesitant with yet another crew that needed to come in our home and demo a bunch of things. There was no need for the worry. Shawn and Devan were fantastic. They were polite, super kind, patient with all of our questions, and their clean up was one of the best we have ever witnessed. Given the invasive nature of jack hammering foundation inside of a home, we expected a bunch of clean up after. However outside of the stuff we already know they could not put back (drywall, flooring, etc) it was perfect. We went though and swept up the rooms they had worked in an there wasn't even a dust pan full of debris they missed. They laid out plastic and used that to walk on and lay the cement chunks on ensuring none of my ceramic tile flooring was ruined. AMAZING! They cleaned up the front lawn after digging a trench and jack hammering up part of the side walk. The cement work they did was great. They were extra careful when digging and installing pipes in the flower beds. Which we appreciated. They left the area outside cleaner than when they arrived even coiling up my garden hose and assisted us in moving some extra dirt left from them digging to another location on the property. Shawn took the time to take us out back and explain what they could do to help the drainage issues in the back of the home. He was confidant in his explanations and understood exactly what needed to happen to improve this situation and ensure water was not an issue to the home in the future. There was again no pressure to have Indiana Foundation Service do this work. This was all above and beyond what they were required to do. They were polite and kind when we were talking to them and was able to laugh and joke with us as they worked. WHEN we have more work done with our drainage in the back of our home we will be calling this company again and requesting SHAWN AND DEVAN to do the work. What an asset they are to the Indian Foundation company. Indiana Foundation Service will have my loyalty in the future for all other needed repairs.

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Doug C did a thorough job assessing problem spots on our home, was fast with a quote, and was thoroughly professional. A really fantastic…

Doug C did a thorough job assessing problem spots on our home, was fast with a quote, and was thoroughly professional. A really fantastic job.

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Doug C was very professional yet personable. 100% would recommend Doug C and the Indiana Foundation Company.

Doug C was very professional yet personable. 100% would recommend Doug C and the Indiana Foundation Company.

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Steve and Dylan B came out to raise a part of our sinking driveway. They introduced themselves, told me what they were going to do, did…

Steve and Dylan B came out to raise a part of our sinking driveway. They introduced themselves, told me what they were going to do, did the job, and then went over with me what they had done. Very professional young men. Would use this company again.

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Very happy with the service provided. From initial inspection to job completion, everything was done in a timely manner. We were given…

Very happy with the service provided. From initial inspection to job completion, everything was done in a timely manner. We were given plenty of notice prior to the work starting, and the crew of Mike T Andrew P Jeffrey S and Chris K were professional and courteous.

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Doug C did a foundation inspection for me today. He was on time, very knowledgeable and professional. I greatly appreciated the way he…

Doug C did a foundation inspection for me today. He was on time, very knowledgeable and professional. I greatly appreciated the way he explained the inspection process to me. Thank you so much!

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They were asking if we needed more info or had questions. We appreciated their suggestions plus the patience with Noodle(our dog)as he was…

They were asking if we needed more info or had questions. We appreciated their suggestions plus the patience with Noodle(our dog)as he was overseeing their work. You have a wonderful company and the comfort between customer and the service techs was A+. I would refer any one to your service. Thanks, Leslie & Rob M.

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Indiana Foundation Service waterproofed our basement last year. Today was our one year inspection. We really appreciated the service…

Indiana Foundation Service waterproofed our basement last year. Today was our one year inspection. We really appreciated the service provided by Phillip and Joe C. They were both friendly and personable while also very professional and efficient. They took the time to explain what they were doing and how the plates work as they are tightened over time. Definitely some of the nicest home maintenance workers we have ever had. Thanks guys!

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The experience I had with Indiana Foundation Service was excellent. The representative who did the initial inspection was very thorough and …

The experience I had with Indiana Foundation Service was excellent. The representative who did the initial inspection was very thorough and he was able to correctly identify the issues causing the problem as well as how to correct them. The three men, Christian Rodriguez, Chad Butcher, and Travis Rawley were also professional and courteous. They arrived on time and worked diligently both days to get the job down in a timely manner. They also did a great job cleaning up the work area. I would highly recommend this company. They employ excellent people who give their best to the customer.

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Had a great experience with Dylan and Andrew. The foundation of my house was sinking and needed repairing. The Teamwork as a Team, clean up …

Had a great experience with Dylan and Andrew. The foundation of my house was sinking and needed repairing. The Teamwork as a Team, clean up everything and repair my foundation. Andrew made sure that I understood that if he dig deeper what the possibilities were. He had me stand by the house while they use the equipment drilling. I assure him because the crack was near my bathroom that another crack wouldn't matter because I had a few cracks in my bathroom and that it was being gutted out later. After Mr. Andrew explaining everything and he wanted me to open the bathroom window to make sure there wasn't any issue raising the window. Well, they are cleaning up after a long day work.

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Doug C went over everything with us. He was very familiar with the process and explained very well. I would recommend to family.

Doug C went over everything with us. He was very familiar with the process and explained very well. I would recommend to family.

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We couldn’t be happier with the work Dakota & Zach completed today in our crawl space. They certainly knew what they were doing they were…

We couldn’t be happier with the work Dakota & Zach completed today in our crawl space. They certainly knew what they were doing they were professional, personable & did a great cleanup afterwards.Jan & Jim

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Joe and Phil did a great job and thoroughly answered all of my questions. 5 star rating!

Joe and Phil did a great job and thoroughly answered all of my questions. 5 star rating!

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The crew that came out to work on my basement ( Christian R. Chad B. Dylan A. And Tim M.) did a great job. They finished the job quickly…

The crew that came out to work on my basement ( Christian R. Chad B. Dylan A. And Tim M.) did a great job. They finished the job quickly and it turned out better than I had imagined. It has rained and stormed twice now since the put up the water barrier and drainage system in my basement and I haven’t had any water come through into my basement.

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I recommend Indiana Foundation and specially, Mr. Doug Caister. He did a great job with an inspection he just did to our basement. He…

I recommend Indiana Foundation and specially, Mr. Doug Caister. He did a great job with an inspection he just did to our basement. He explained in detail the situation with technical support, and also explained signs of worsening and solution that will help us plan and prepare for the preparation to avoid bigger damages. Thank you, Eva L.

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On 9/27 we had our 4th annual inspection of our crawl space and foundation done by your associate Ricky Christie. He was on time,…

On 9/27 we had our 4th annual inspection of our crawl space and foundation done by your associate Ricky Christie. He was on time, professional and complete. His thorough and painstaking inspection/presentation – which he documented completely – resulted in our signing up for substantial additional remedial work. He took his time, he did it right…I could wax on, but you get the idea. Thanks for sending out a great person.

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In 2017 Indiana Foundation installed wall anchors on 2 of my basement walls. The reason I chose this process was due to Keith Tinsman….

In 2017 Indiana Foundation installed wall anchors on 2 of my basement walls. The reason I chose this process was due to Keith Tinsman. Keith looked at my situation and was very honest, thorough, and extremely knowledgeable about basement foundations. We decided to use wall anchors as a preventative measure after detecting minor bowing of the basement walls. I completely trust what Keith says about my situation and feel good about what we have done. Keith is why I chose Indiana Foundation and will recommend them to others.

Is Concrete Lifting the Right Solution for Me?

As a midwestern state, Indiana is no stranger to freezing cold winters. This will have an effect on your concrete. As it soaks up precipitation through rain or snow, the water within your concrete will freeze, then expand, causing cracks and fissures. Soil erosion also plays a huge role in concrete damage, as the lack of support can create voids that cause your concrete to sink and become uneven.

The good news is there’s a fix for your broken, uneven concrete that isn’t just a bandage. Since 1993, our experts at Indiana Foundation Service have been proud to provide you with a permanent, lightweight solution. Our certified field inspectors will perform a whole-home analysis of your property to determine the root cause of your concrete issues. We ensure to only provide a plan of repairs that you absolutely need. Choose us to elevate your home’s exterior and schedule your free inspection today.

FAQs

Every area has different potential problems. This is especially true when it comes to problems like sinking concrete, which can have many different reasons for their proliferation. In Indiana, these are two of the things that can cause sinking concrete issues most frequently.  

  • Snow 

Because Indiana sometimes experiences snow, you need to be aware of any problems that can happen due to snow. Freezing is an especially important one. If water gets into minuscule cracks in a concrete slab, then freezes, it can expand those cracks, causing your concrete cracks to get much more prominent and much more worrying. 

Another problem has to do with the way the snow will melt. When the snow melts, it tends to do so relatively slowly. That thin trickle of water coming from the melting snow is more likely to run underneath your concrete slab and cause soil washout.  

  • Clay Soils 

Indiana sometimes struggles with clay soils. Although it’s not as common to see sandy soils in Indiana as it may be in more beachy areas, clay soils continue to be a problem in some areas of the state. If your home is on clay soil, you might need to talk to an expert about how to mitigate issues with shifting, sinking, and even cracks in your concrete. 

Clay soils are expansive soils, which means they tend to expand more when they come into contact with water. If any of your concrete slabs rest on clay soils, you might need to put defensive features into place to make sure the expanding and contracting nature of the clay soil won’t impact the health of your concrete slab. 

Seeing cracking and sinking concrete slabs on your property and around town is common. So common, in fact, that you might not think twice about the consequences of these problems or the need for repair.

However, sunken concrete impacts your home in many ways. Not only do they make your home look bad, but they are safety hazards. Slabs that have sunken and are uneven are tripping hazards for anyone walking or driving over them.

If the sinking concrete in question is part of your basement or slab floor, it also presents foundation concerns. Foundation damage also threatens the safety of your home and loved ones, so having these uneven slabs professionally inspected and repaired is crucial.

Many homeowners ask this question in hopes of saving funds in the long run. Others simply prefer the DIY approach, giving them weekend projects to work on and new skills to learn along the way. However, DIY often backfires when it comes to serious jobs like concrete lifting. 

  • DIY 

When choosing the DIY approach, it’s important to understand its implications and what it entails. Some have gone with a DIY way to fix unlevel steps through the use of wooden planks in the right spots. Of course, in some way, this could help and alleviate the unlevel steps, bringing them back up if they’ve sunk into the ground. 

Unfortunately, this would not work long-term, since wood is too pliable and prone to moving with the soil around it. The result would be either having to keep adding planks or calling into a professional service to remove the DIY fix and start again. Likewise, the steps may grow more uneven and lead to injury, since the concrete wasn’t properly leveled and secured the first time.  

  • Professionals 

Hiring professionals from the start can prove fruitful and productive. Though it sounds like a pricey endeavor to have professionals come out for unlevel steps, they bring with them the right tools and a wealth of knowledge. From the get-go, experts will know how to tackle the problem and make sure it doesn’t get repeated. 

The benefits of using a professional will far outweigh the costs associated with them. The expert who comes out to your home will know exactly how to identify the root issues, the subtle problem signs, and can recommend a solution that’s worked (and lasted) in practice. For example, the PolyRenewalTM technique uses very strong polyurethane foam that holds up the concrete, so it doesn’t sink again. 

Concrete sinking is a complicated process that doesn’t have just one cause. However, there are two main reasons that you might run into when it comes to understanding the reasons for concrete sinking.  

  • Soil Washout and Water 

Water, in general, can be very damaging to concrete, but one of the greater issues can be soil washout. Essentially, with soil washout, water runs underneath the slab of concrete and picks up tiny particles of the soil, carrying them out from underneath the concrete slab. Over time, this can lead to a significant lack of soil underneath a concrete slab, making it unstable and tilted. 

In general, if water gets into the soil underneath the concrete, it’s also possible for the water to cause it to expand. This is especially the case with clay-type soils. Then, when the water seeps out again, it’ll retract, causing the concrete to sink back into its original position. This push-and-pull process with the soil can be immensely harmful to the concrete slab and eventually result in the concrete slab sinking.  

  • Problems with Preparing the Soil 

It’s also possible for the problem to arise simply from not preparing the soil appropriately. When a construction crew gets ready to build a home, they tamp down the soil in preparation. However, if they aren’t able to tamp down the soil enough, they may end up leaving some amount of sinking for the concrete after they pour it. 

Homes often weigh many tons, which is why this tamping down process is so important. If there’s any amount of soil that isn’t appropriately compressed, the home’s weight will slowly compress the soil on its own. That compression can end up causing serious issues, including sinking concrete slabs.

If you have noticed unevenness or sinking in sections of your concrete flooring, it’s best to act quickly. The likely causes of these issues are many and none of them are benign. From environmental factors to fundamental defects in the structure of your property, they are all serious and require expert intervention. 

Foundation Problems 

The most common cause of sinking and cracking in an interior concrete floor is damage to a property’s foundation. This kind of damage can also cause pitting and spalling because of the immense pressure that it puts concrete under—a network of stress fractures can weaken concrete to the point that it starts to deteriorate at an incredibly fast rate. 

The most common foundational issues that you might encounter in Indianapolis, Indiana, homes include settlement and subsidence. Both of these issues have their root in problem soils beneath the property and both can cause widespread damage to the rest of your property. Settlement is most likely to occur in periods of drought when the soil under a property can shrink or become dry and loose. Subsidence, by contrast, is far more likely to result from periods of heavy rainfall when the soil becomes soft and marshy. Either way, specialist concrete lifting services are the best response. 

Defects and Damage 

If you have exterior concrete surfaces that are starting to flake, spall, and even sink, then the most likely causes are damage as a result of exposure to harsh environmental conditions and chemicals or defects in the concrete itself. Concrete defects are not overly common, but when one property in a certain area has issues with them it is likely that others will too. 

An outlier issue is something like soil washout or erosion that removes the soil from around and under a structure gradually, leaving it without support. This will often cause concrete surfaces to dip and sink under their own weight, thereby cracking and crumbling in many places. The weight of cars on a driveway will only make this worse. This is why it is best to act quickly; if you leave concrete damage to get too bad there is a chance that replacement will be your only option and this is far more expensive than repair. 

While we understand that DIY is an attractive prospect, we urge you not to try to lift and repair damaged concrete alone. There are simply too many things that could go wrong, causing injury to you and damage to the property itself. 

DIY Often Goes Wrong 

The main issue with trying to lift sunken concrete alone is that this is a form of structural repair. This means that if you make a mistake, even a small one, the consequences will be huge. Success is dependent not only on your ability to properly assess the damage and diagnose the underlying problems but on having the right tools and products to do the job. 

The products and tools used to lift, repair, and secure damaged concrete that has started to sink or crack are specialized. In the wrong hands, they can be very dangerous. As well as the chance of injuring yourself, you run the risk of damaging your home. If you do enough damage, you could end up having to replace the concrete entirely. 

Professionals Can Cost Less Overall 

Structural repairs are expensive. You could be forgiven for thinking that DIY will save you money, but this is really not the case. As well as the possibility of a botched DIY job adding expenses, there are hidden costs to trying to do this alone. First, repair products like polyurethane foam and foundation piers are so specialized that they may not be sold in hardware stores.  

There is also the matter of getting and using the appropriate equipment. Lifting a single, sunken concrete slab is one feat, but foundation issues are another entirely. These processes require heavy excavation equipment and hydraulic lifting tools to actually make repairs possible. When you calculate the costs that come with hiring the equipment and buying tools, DIY can actually cost more.

Why Concrete Lifting Is Needed

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Creates A Safer Environment

Concrete lifting is one of the best things you can do to create a safer environment for all who enter your home. For young children and elderly adults, unexpected slopes or bulging cracks in concrete can create a tripping hazard. Fixing your concrete can give you and your family comfort knowing that the walkways around your home are safe.

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Improves Curb Appeal and Market Value

Your driveway, sidewalk, and patio give visitors the first impression of your home. Even a small slope or crack on the concrete outside of your home can do a number on curb appeal. Having your concrete lifted can be a small thing that makes a huge difference, especially if you’re in the process of selling your home. Depending on the scale of the cracks found in your concrete, having them repaired could improve the market value of your home as you sell it or have it appraised.

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PolyRenewal™ Will Outlast Other Concrete Solutions

PolyRenewal™ foam is hydrophobic, meaning that it can stand the test of time and wet Indiana weather. Its lightweight ensures that it won’t weigh down your porch, walkway, or patio over time. PolyRenewal™ also doesn’t absorb water, so you don’t have to worry about it expanding and contracting.

Common Concrete Lifting Dos & Don’ts

What to Do

Since most concrete issues tend to crop up in the winter due to freezing and expanding moisture content, the best time to have your concrete repaired is during warmer weather, like the summer or fall. To avoid complications with your concrete lifting investment, we typically only perform PolyRenewal™ in optimal, and warmer, weather conditions.

Sunken concrete in your driveway, walkway, patio or concrete steps is unsightly and creates tripping hazards. The good news is, settling concrete has a simple solution. PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam injections are a concrete lifting solution that only requires penny-sized holes drilled into your concrete. We’ll fill the voids beneath your concrete with lightweight polyurethane foam that hardens in under an hour. You’ll be able to walk on your concrete the same day.

When you’re suffering from foundation problems like cracking walls, drywall nail pops, uneven floors, and more, it’s likely that you’re suffering from concrete issues as well. Since foundation issues are sparked by the same things that cause concrete damage, these two areas of your home will likely begin acting up at the same time.

What Not to Do

Slab jacking, sometimes called mudjacking, used to be the industry standard for lifting up unruly concrete. However, in recent years, the messy nature of mudjacking has become outdated. Since mudjacking includes injecting a heavyweight mud slurry into the voids beneath your concrete, it can weigh it down over time, recreating your problem after a few years pass.

While concrete repair may seem like an easy enough home improvement project, many concrete solutions found on YouTube or sold in stores tend to be bandages covering up problems caused by Mother Nature. PolyRenewal™ foam injections are a permanent solution due to their ability to directly repair the support system beneath the concrete without weighing it down.

Since most concrete issues are formed from weather or soil conditions, completely repouring your concrete may leave you with the same problems you started with. If your concrete cracked from poor support, soil erosion, or too much heavy weight on top, your new concrete will suffer from the same issues over time, and you will end up having to pay for multiple solutions instead of one permanent one.

Find your service area

La Fayette, IN

Lafayette, IN

Foundation and water management problems are common in Lafayette and cause various damage, but local pros can help. IFS has world-class solutions that protect your most important asset.

Kokomo, IN

Kokomo, IN

Homes in Kokomo commonly experience water and foundation damage. Don't fret. The pros at Indiana Foundation Service have the best products to repair your home permanently.

Bloomington, IN

Bloomington, IN

Foundation damage and cracked concrete can wreak havoc on your home. The experts at Indiana Foundation Service know how to protect your home permanently.

Terre Haute

Terre Haute, IN

From wet basements to cracked foundations and beyond, our team at Indiana Foundation Service has seen and repaired them all. Let us help.

Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, IN

Wet basements, moldy crawl spaces, cracking foundations and concrete are common in Indianapolis homes, but they are destructive. Indiana Foundation Service has the best solutions to keep your home safe, dry, and stable.

*Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in many cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. Indiana Foundation Service does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make your concrete perfectly level.

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Indianapolis, IN

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Whiteland, IN 46184

Kokomo, IN

2731 Albright Rd
Kokomo, 46902

Lafayette, IN

8 N 3rd St
Lafayette, IN 47901