Posted on: 27 November 2017
When pouring a concrete foundation for a grain silo, many farmers and ranchers imagine that the material will last as long as they need it with minimal maintenance. Unfortunately, the sheer weight of hundreds of thousands of pounds of grain pressing down on the foundation, coupled with common forms of damage from below it, can lead to cracked and uneven grain bin floors. These damaged floors can spoil your grain or lead to a dangerous silo collapse, but mudjacking levels the surface while offering these four benefits.
The foundations poured for grain bins tend to rest on the surface of the soil with only minimal compaction, grading, and other preparations. If you live in an area that experiences any temperatures below freezing during the winter, there's a good chance your foundations will shift up or down due to frost heaving. Water trapped in the soil expands as it freezes, first lifting soil and anything above it and then creating a void when the ice melts again. Mudjacking fills in any gaps left behind by frost heaving and prevents it from being a problem in the future.
The lure of thousands of pounds of freshly harvested grain is too much for mice, rats, and other pests to resist. Even if your bin is completely pest-proof, they're still attracted and spend plenty of time and energy trying to find a way in. Mice often dig extensive tunnels under the concrete foundation pads in hopes of finding a crack or opening big enough to get into the bin and eat the grain. These tunnels eventually collapse, usually while the bin is being filled and the weight slowly goes up. Mudjacking fills these kinds of gaps with no need to lift anything or pour a new floor.
Grain grows mold and begins to ferment or rot anytime the moisture inside the bin gets too high. While there are numerous high-tech ways to track and control moisture, installing perforated metal flooring panels over the concrete slab bottom creates air circulation to keep the bottom layer of grain just as fresh as the top. These panels only work as designed when installed over level and even concrete, so mudjacking or another leveling procedure is necessary if your floor is tilted or cracked.
Finally, mudjacking is one of the fastest concrete leveling and reinforcement options. When you can't deal with a lot of downtime because you need to keep your silos filled and delivering feed, the repairs can be done in hours instead of days with mudjacking.
For more information, check with a company like Ace Mudjacking & Concrete Leveling.Share