What is Mudjacking?
Concrete mudjacking is a process in which a concrete grout is injected below sunken concrete slabs in order to raise them back to their original height. Mudjacking is an alternative to removing old and pouring new concrete at a fraction of the cost. The method was actually developed in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1929 by John Poulter. The Iowa Department of Transportation was the first to commercially use the mudjacking process, doing so to raise road slabs back to their original grade.
How is it done?
Mudjacking, often also called concrete raising, concrete lifting, or slabjacking, is a very straightforward process. Representatives from Todd’s Mudjacking will come to your home or business, drill several holes in the concrete slab that has settled, and then inject a grout (a mixture of sand, portland cement, and bentonite) beneath the slab in order to raise it up. The grout hydraulically lifts the slab up to its original position. Generally, the process only takes a few hours to complete, and in most cases can be ready for regular use the same day.
Where can mudjacking be done?
Almost any poured concrete slab that has settled from its original elevation could be a candidate for concrete mudjacking. Todd’s Mudjacking has done work on concrete sidewalks, driveways, patios, outdoor steps, garage floors, swimming pool aprons, parking lots and basement floors.
Why use a mudjacking service?
Whether it is for aesthetic or safety reasons, mudjacking is a very cost-effective and efficient way to raise sunken sidewalks, driveways, patios and basement floors. Having level sidewalks, steps, or driveways can mean peace of mind as kids are playing, elderly come and go, and when removing snow. Mudjacking is a proven, practical, and inexpensive alternative to concrete replacement. There’s also the extra benefit of keeping out rodents that like to dig holes under concrete slabs. These voids that are caused from animals, erosion, or just plain settlement, also provide a home for critters such as ground squirrels, spiders, bees, mice or rats, and a variety of other pests. This can cause havoc to your home’s foundation.
When can service be completed?
At Todd’s Mudjacking, we operate under a “from-thaw-to-freeze” guideline, but gladly accept calls year-round to ensure that when the weather permits, a meeting can be arranged to assess your property’s needs and assure your satisfaction.
What will my investment be?
Besides the ease with which mudjacking raises and levels a sinking concrete slab, it’s also much cheaper than replacing them with newly poured concrete. The average mudjacking job only costs approximately 30% to 50% of the cost of removing and replacing old concrete. Not only do you save money, but this process can be completed, in most cases, in a couple of hours and can be used the same day. Each job varies in cost, so we encourage you to call a Todd’s Mudjacking representative for a specific project estimate.