Concrete jacking is an effective method for restoring a sunken, cracked or settled slab. Also known as mudjacking, this repair method works for patios, garage floors, sidewalks, driveways, pool decks, porches and other outdoor concrete areas.
How long does the repair last? Is mudjacking worthwhile, or will you end up facing a recurrence of your damaged concrete a few months down the road?
Concrete Jacking is a Long-Term Fix
Let’s cut to the chase – mudjacking is not a short-term, makeshift repair.
Mudjacking addresses the reason your concrete became damaged. Over time, changes in the underlying soil led to settlement and created voids beneath the slab. With concrete jacking, these empty spaces are filled to restore the soil’s integrity and lift the slab back to its original, level position.
The specialized cement slurry used in mudjacking is strong enough to keep the slab in place for several years. In fact, most homeowners report that their repairs last about 8 to 10 years.
Factors that Affect Concrete Stability
For each individual homeowner, the duration a mudjacking repair lasts will depend on several factors.
The age of your property plays an important part in determining the longevity of a mudjacking repair. Age provides a picture of how quickly the current state of erosion progressed. Knowing this information allows for a more accurate prediction of how long the slab will remain stable.
The length of time the slab took to settle is another important factor. If the damage developed in a short period of time, external issues like underground critters, misdirected downspouts or poor grading of the homesite likely contributed to the problem.
Fix these problems, whatever they may be, and your mudjacking repair will last longer.
The type of cement slurry used can also affect the lifespan of mudjacking repair. Working with an experienced professional mudjacking company – like Lift Right Concrete – ensures that the substrate used is of the highest quality, for the longest-lasting fix.
Is Concrete Jacking Cost-Effective?
Mudjacking is highly cost effective, costing much less than slab replacement.
How much less? Mudjacking runs about 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of removing a slab and pouring new concrete. And remember, mudjacking fixes the root of the problem. Slab replacement does not typically address the underlying soil problems, so the new surface is just as likely to settle and crack in the future.
Mudjacking is also minimally invasive – the repair doesn’t destroy the nearby landscaping like slab replacement often does – so concrete jacking is definitely the more cost-effective repair option.
Why pay more for a new slab when mudjacking provides a longer-lasting and less expensive fix? Lift Right Concrete LLC offers free consultations to homeowners and businesses throughout northern Utah. To schedule yours or to learn more about our concrete jacking services, contact our West Jordan or Grantsville office today.