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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF MUDJACKING?

There are many advantages of mudjacking.  A few are: That the cost is up to 80% less than replacement.  That the work is done in hours rather than weeks  with replacement.  That your landscaping is not disturbed.  In short, mudjacking is much faster, cleaner, safer, and greatly more cost effective than replacement.

 

IS IT PERMANENT?

The repair will remain for about as long as the concrete. But, if the problem which caused the slab to sink in the first place occurs again, the slab will sink again. Most sinking is caused by subsidence or compaction of the soil under the slab. This most commonly occurs around the foundation of new construction, leading to drops in front of garages, in walks near the home, and in slabs over the utility trenches leading into the home. In older construction, there can be a problem with the nature of the soil itself (expansive clays) and drainage problems which cause soil to subside or compact. As a general rule, the repair will last for many years.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The cost of mudjacking varies by the labor and materials required for each specific job. In other words, depending on the size or amount of work required, existing conditions and/or the amount the concrete has fallen, amount of material to raise the slab, and the size of any voids below the slab, if any.   A-1 Mudjacking, Inc. provides Free, No Hassle, No Pressure Quotes.

Please know that when you replace concrete, rather than mudjacking it, you encounter related expenses, beyond the concrete material and labor.  Such as: demolition costs, old material removal costs, landscaping demolition costs, possible misc. new construciton costs and always permitting fees, When you take all the related costs into account, you can save up to 80% of the cost of replacement. 

 

IS THIS A NEW WAY TO FIX SUNKEN CONCRETE?

The use of hydraulic pressure to raise large concrete slabs have been reported as far back as the early 1900's.  Early Contractors utilized a mixture of locally available soils (sometimes including crushed limestone and/or cement), creating a "mud-like" substance.  Consequently, soon thereafter, it became commonly referred to "mudjacking".

Modern mudjacking has become a common correction/repair method that has been used for many years. Originally, mostly in the mid-western region of the U.S.  But now mudjacking contractors can now be found in just about any city. The process is not too complicated, however, it should only be attempted by knowledgeable and experienced professionals with the proper tools and workmanship abilities.

 

WHY HAS MY CONCRETE SETTLED?

There are many different reasons. A few are:

  • That the ground under a slab is not compacted properly.

  • That the ground under a slab is eventually washed away from water running by or under the slab.

  • By voids which form under a slab due to wash outs and/or not having been compacted properly.

  • From excessive frost heaving due to moisture.

  • The fill around utilities can settle over time.

 

HOW DOES EROSION CAUSE MY SLAB TO SETTLE?

If the slab is on an incline or hill, water will eventually start to run into an open crack, open control joint, or alongside the slab. Eventually, over time, this will wash out the supporting soil and cause the slab to settle lower and sometimes even to crack.

 

CAN YOU LIFT AND RAISE HOMES AND STRUCTURES?

Yes. We may be able to help. After years of weight on an existing structure the foundation may have settled. 

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