Mudjacking can fix the cracks in your sunken or damaged concrete and restore the slab to its original, level position.
Also known as slabjacking, mudjacking certainly seems like a simple concrete repair project, and one that anyone with handyman skills can easily tackle. Why pay a professional contractor when you can watch online videos and learn how to handle the repair process on your own?
Unfortunately, taking the do-it-yourself approach to this type of concrete repair is not really a good idea. Here’s why hiring a professional mudjacking contractor is a must.
Different Types of Cracks Require Different Concrete Repair Methods
As effective as it is, mudjacking isn’t the right approach for repairing every concrete crack.
Dormant cracks, or small surface cracks, may only need to be sealed with epoxy mortar. Slabjacking isn’t usually necessary in that case, as this type of cracking doesn’t threaten the concrete’s stability.
In addition, slabjacking isn’t appropriate for structural foundation cracks or slabs that have extensive cracking or crumbling.
Mudjacking is ideal for repairing most large cracks and restoring settled slabs. However, only a professional concrete repair contractor can tell for sure if slabjacking is the right approach for any particular slab.
Mudjacking Requires Skill and Experience
Let’s say you decide to pick the brain of your local concrete repair contractor, but handle the work yourself. You schedule a free evaluation of your damaged slab, and you learn that mudjacking will work to fix the problem. Why not go ahead and handle the concrete repair project on your own?
Because watching videos and reading online how-to guides won’t give you the right training to do a mudjacking job right.
Hands-on experience is essential for the successful completion of a mudjacking repair. Without experience, you can easily use too much or too little of the cement slurry, either of which is likely to cause problems.
Not to mention, this project requires specialized equipment that few Utah homeowners have lying around in their garage.
How DIY Mudjacking Can Cost You
Whether you need to repair a cracked driveway, porch, patio, pool deck or some other damaged concrete slab, you want the results to look good. And the only way to ensure that you don’t end up with an eyesore is to hire a professional mudjacking contractor.
Go the DIY route, and people visiting your property – or potential buyers, if you choose to sell your home later – will likely be able to tell that you completed your own concrete repair project. Also, your damaged slab may not have the integrity it needs for long-term stability.
Don’t risk the integrity of your concrete or the value of your property with DIY mudjacking. Although you might save a few dollars now, you will end up paying the price when you need to have the work redone by a professional contractor.
Lift Right Concrete LLC, northern Utah’s leading mudjacking company, provides expert concrete repair services at an affordable price. For a free, no-pressure mudjacking estimate, contact our West Jordan or Grantsville office today.