Concrete leveling, also known as mudjacking, is an effective solution for cracked, sunken and settled sidewalks, driveways, porch steps, pool decks, garage floors and patios. In fact, this method of repair can work to raise and stabilize just about any damaged outdoor slab.
If you’re not familiar with mudjacking, you’re not alone. Here at Lift Right Concrete, we get a lot of questions from our clients, so we thought we might provide answers to the questions we hear the most.
Mudjacking involves drilling a few strategically-placed holes in the damaged slab, then pumping a cement slurry through the holes. The mixture fills the voids in the underlying soil, and then pressure lifts and restores the slab to its original level, stable position.
The Lift Right team provides a customized cost estimate to our clients based on their specific needs. But, according to HomeAdvisor.com, an online home improvement marketplace, mudjacking costs typically range between $541 and $1,289. The average repair project comes in at $875. Tearing out and replacing a damaged slab is much more expensive, generally about two or three times the cost of mudjacking.
Once the drilled mudjacking holes and slab cracks are caulked and sealed, the repair work is nearly invisible. Up close, you can see evidence of the work if you’re looking for it but, from a distance, the slab looks perfect. Newly-poured slabs often look off-color from the surrounding concrete, and the difference can be enough to stick out.
On average, most mudjacking repairs take less than two hours to complete. Afterward, the concrete is ready for use. Larger projects take longer, but not nearly as long as slab replacement. With tearing out the old material and the curing time new concrete requires, replacing a damaged slab can take several days.
Because mudjacking corrects soil voids – the cause of most settlement-related slab damage – the repair offers long-lasting results. In most cases, concrete slabs that have been mudjacked remain intact for at least 8 to 10 years.
Unfortunately, no. Mudjacking works to repair most outdoor slab damage but, when concrete has large crumbled or deteriorated areas, it usually needs to be replaced. In addition, damaged structural foundation supports typically require piering rather than leveling.
Do you have more questions about mudjacking? The professional team at Lift Right Concrete can provide you with answers and expert advice on the best repair solution for your cracked, settled or sunken slab.
As a Salt Lake City area industry leader for more than a decade, Lift Right Concrete is well known for high-quality workmanship, exceptional customer service and affordable pricing. If you have slab damage at your Northern Utah home or business, contact our West Jordan or Grantsville office today to schedule a concrete leveling consultation.