Slabjacking-Mudjacking for Concrete LevelingBy
Concrete Leveling Methods
Using Slab jacking or Mud
Slabjacking / mudjacking and concrete leveling is often the most commonly used method of correcting smaller slabs of sunken concrete, such as residential slabs by pumping a cement grout through small, strategically-located holes.
Concrete Stabilization using SlabJacking
Concrete stabilization could become a major structural issue and often alignment of the concrete or leveling can become difficult. Concrete stabilization using Slabjacking or mudjacking can be a very simple, fast and cost savvy process as compared to installation of a new concrete section. It is a dependable and good investment, saving you money and provides more reliable results. Most effective and efficient ways preferred for concrete stabilization and leveling is Mud jacking /Slabjacking
Concrete Leveling Why Concrete may Sink
Concrete sinks because its underlying support, for various reasons, gives way. The original concrete may have been installed on dirt that hadn’t been compacted sufficiently, for instance, or soil erosion may be responsible. And some soil simply settles naturally over many years. Regardless of the cause, sunken concrete can lead to many structural defects, including failed retaining walls, foundation settling, uneven junctions of concrete, sunken sidewalks, uneven concrete pads, cracked foundations, and bowed basement walls. If left uncorrected, these defects can lead to unwanted water runoff and major structural problems. That is why concrete leveling using Mudjacking/ Slabjacking is the way to go.
Steps to Slab jacking
The steps to concrete leveling are actually very simple. The first thing that you need to do is drill holes, about 2 inches in diameter, through the affected area of the concrete. Once this is done, you should then pump through the holes a mixture of grout (cementitous material) or polyurethane. The grout solidifies into a concrete mass. The pressure caused by pumping this material causes the concrete to be lifted, thus the name.
Is Pressure Grouting Different?
Pressure grouting, another name for slabjacking /mudjacking, involves the injection of a liquefied cementitious material ((Portland Cement, Fly-Ash, Sand, water, Bentonite & admixtures), under pressure, into large voids, void spaces between soil particles, cracks, or even between subsurface bearing materials and an existing structure. This technique is used to apply pressures on adjacent soil formations or building structures as in floor or foundation leveling.
Concrete Leveling with Mudjacking Slabjacking
Concrete Leveling using Mud jacking Slabjacking is a more efficient alternative to replacing concrete. Ripping out old concrete, and laying new concrete, requires more equipment, and more workers, than slabjacking does. This makes the replacement cost nearly twice as much as mudjacking. Not only is it cheaper, it also sets more rapidly.
Certain concrete pours may take days to set fully, while concrete that’s been slabjacked can be ready within hours. There is also no need to disturb adjacent landscaping or plants, making the whole endeavor a much cleaner process.
Concrete raising or concrete leveling is not only for concrete sidewalk repair. The fact is that there is no limit to size when it comes to this method of concrete slab repair. If you have concrete that is sunken or settled, but in otherwise good condition, we can save it in most cases by lifting your existing concrete. This results in you saving an average of 50 to 70% over concrete replacement.
Slabjacking/Mudjacking and leveling concrete is not a complicated process, but it’s still not for amateurs. Only experienced professionals can perform this procedure to avoid doing even greater damage. Amateur work can result in irreparable cement damage that may cost more to repair or replace than the original damage.