CHEMICAL VS. CEMENT GROUT:

AN OVERVIEW OF GROUTING USES

Grouting can be used for numerous types of residential repairs that threaten your home, including void filling, concrete lifting and leveling, soil remediation, and sinkhole repair.  For many of the common problems we see in Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle, our expertise in grouting uses and techniques and designs have been the right solutions.

CHEMICAL GROUTING:  MATERIAL AND USES

There are multiple types of chemical grouts including silicates, acrylics, and polyurethanes.  These grout types are known for their high degree of penetrability in soil, rock, and concrete.  Further, some of them have the ability to expand either on their own or when encountering moisture, which makes them an excellent choice in helping to stop moisture/water intrusion.  In the end, the type of grout to be utilized depends upon the issue presented to S3 and the anticipated outcome of the project.

CEMENT GROUT:  MATERIAL AND USES

The uses for cement grout tend to be based on the water-to-cement ratio of that cement grout.  After use, cement grout may start to cure quickly. It can become a strong, long-term solution for the repairs it is used for. Our team uses cement grout for soil remediation (improving the strength of unstable or weak soils).  Soil stability can be affected by changes in ground-water levels (including high precipitation events), seismic activity, or just loose soils that have never been properly compacted.  Within Alabama and Mississippi we also have an abundance of clay soils, which are extremely susceptible to water!  More water makes clay soils expand; less and they contract.  Our state also has steeply sloped areas prone to landslides.  And, we must not forget those soils that were shifted on a hillside to make way for a homesite.

pooling water indicates a void or sinkhole that may require grouting

If you notice of the following problems it may indicate that you need a grouting solution:

  • depressions in your yard
  • cracked and settling concrete
  • water pooling in your yard
  • foundation settlement
  • a drop in well-water levels

To learn more contact our team for an inspection. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have on grout types and processes.