How to Level a Settled Concrete Floor
LESLIE: Next up, Vernon in Virginia has a very valuable question.
What is that question, Vernon? I tried to get every V word out there.
VERNON: I have a concrete floor that has settled. I guess it dropped about an inch. And I was wondering how can I level that out.
LESLIE: So you want to add onto the concrete that’s already sort of settled in place, which doesn’t always work. Right, Tom? It doesn’t adhere correctly.
TOM: Well, but what he could do is use a floor leveling compound.
TOM: Floor leveling compounds are basically like a very lightweight concrete mix and they are typically self-leveling. They’re a fairly loose, a very loose viscosity. You know, they’re kind of like pudding when you make it. You know, it sort of levels out and dries level and you could use it to pick up that area that’s settled.
Now do you think the settling is done? Because if you try to level it now and it drops more, then you’re going to have a bigger problem.
VERNON: OK. Well, it’s about 30 years old. But now this is a big area. It’s about 14×14 feet.
TOM: No problem at all. You can float an entire room with that stuff.
VERNON: Oh, you can?
VERNON: And what is it?
TOM: Floor leveling compound.
VERNON: Floor leveling compound.
VERNON: And that should work?
TOM: That’ll absolutely work and you’ll be amazed. It’ll all be flat again. You know, it’s something that you often do, for example, in a room like a kitchen where the floor is sloped. You’re trying to get the cabinets in; not having them run downhill. You know, people level floors like that all the time.
VERNON: Oh, OK.
TOM: Alright, thanks so much …
VERNON: Alright, well thank you.
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