If your driveway or basement floor is sinking in a particular spot, you may wonder if there is any way to repair such a problem. The good news is that many sinking surfaces can indeed be effectively repaired with a relatively simple technique known as mudjacking. This process can be used to fix a variety of concrete surfaces, including driveways, patios and basement floors. In some cases, mudjacking is even an effective solution for foundation walls. This article will provide the basics of mudjacking so you know what to expect if you need this type of treatment in the future.
What Mudjacking Is
Mudjacking involves a process of drilling a hole or a collection of holes into a sagging concrete slab and injecting a substance underneath to shore up the area so that it is even with the rest of the surface. The injected mixture is applied with a truck and usually contains a combination of pond sand and concrete. Once the mixture is injected, it pressurizes and lifts the slab up to its original position. At the end of the process, the holes in the concrete are filled with a cement grout so they cannot be seen. The process is fairly straightforward and usually only takes a few hours to complete. The slab is often ready for use within a day or two.
Why It's Used
Mudjacking is a relatively inexpensive way to repair a sagging concrete surface. This process will cost you about half as much as completely replacing the slab. In addition, you don't have to pay for the demolition and removal of the current slab before the repair can even take place. Mudjacking is often a much faster solution to replacement as well and holds up nearly as well as a complete replacement might. For these reasons, mudjacking has become an attractive alternative to complete replacement of damaged concrete in many cases.
When can Mudjacking be Used?
Nearly any concrete surface can make a good candidate for the mudjacking technique. This technique can be used on surfaces that have sunk for any number of reasons, including portions of a foundation that may have settled. If you have sunken concrete inside your home or out, it is best to talk to a professional concrete contractor about whether mudjacking is a good option for you. This is not a project to be left to a homeowner, since the equipment and expertise necessary to do the job right is usually in the hands of a professional only. If you have a sagging piece of concrete in your driveway, patio, sidewalk or basement floor, contact a contractor about your options in mudjacking.
Mudjacking is a cost effective solution to sagging concrete that costs less time and money than a complete replacement might. If you are experiencing surface sagging in any of the concrete surfaces of your home, a professional concrete contractor will be the best person to advise you on whether mudjacking is the right solution for your situation.