What is Mudjacking?
Do you have a driveway or sidewalk with a settled concrete slab? Mudjacking is one of the most common techniques for lifting and stabilizing old concrete. Also called concrete lifting or slabjacking, this is a highly effective way to get beautiful concrete walkways and long-lasting durability. It’s also a quick and easy method to repair your concrete. In this article, we show you all of our services, explain what is mudjacking, and go over mudjacking cost.
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Why Mudjacking Works Best:
When concrete slabs start to settle, the result can be cracking as a result of differences in underlying soil. Mudjacking can help with these changes in elevation and soil density, while also improving the integrity of the concrete.
Slabjacking isn’t a complicated process, but the repair process requires expertise to ensure that the concrete is stabilized correctly and that all voids are filled. This process should only take an hour or two to finish, though larger projects may require more time.
How Does It Work?
This concrete repair technique first starts with a few small holes drilled into the settled concrete slabs. A cement slurry is pre-formulated, then pumped through those holes. This mixture pours in, filling voices and other empty spaces in your soil, thus stabilizing the foundation and improving the durability of your concrete slab.
After all of the voices are filled, the pressure from the new slabjack will lift the slack back to the original position. Lastly, we’ll clean up with a caulking of any cracks and finish mudjacking holes that rise after the slab levels out.
Mudjacking Cost and Factors to Consider: Mudjacking is actually the lower-cost repair in comparison to polyjacking, which uses an expensive polyurethane foam instead of slurried cement to raise concrete slabs that have settled and sagged. In addition, mudjacking costs about half of what a full slab replacement would cost.
While all concrete raising projects are different, we work with our customers on price, basing most of the cost on the amount of cement slurry needed and the difficulty reaching the area to be repaired. Simple, small projects typically cost much less.
How Fast Does Mudjacking Dry? Once we finish a mudjacking project, we’ll provide you with any tips and recommendations for waiting to use the area. We typically suggest that you wait 8 to 24 hours for heavyweight use of a newly repaired concrete slab. This timeframe depends on the size of the area repaired and how many voids were filled.
However, most of the time, slabjacking doesn’t take too long to use for lightweight activities, and your concrete will be safe for all heavyweight use by the next day.
When Should You Choose Mudjacking? There are all kinds of reasons for using this concrete repair solution. Both homeowners and businesses order mudjacking repairs because it works for almost any settled concrete slab, such as:
Do You Need Concrete Removal? Old, cracked concrete must say goodbye and leave your property for the project to be finished. We work with our clients to provide all services necessary to complete the project. No one wants to be left with construction materials and other junk on the website. However, concrete removal can be a difficult process with heavy equipment and hauling costs.
Helical Piering/Deep Foundation:
Piering also known as piling is a technique that drives steel pipe vikings to fix a failing foundation and correct a slipping foundation that is settling. These push piers consist of sections that have galvanized or epoxy-coated steel pipes, which are then driven into the soil using a hydraulic ram.
As home construction contractors and residential remodelers, we have extensive experience working with a number of different foundation piering techniques, including offset steel piers, drilled concrete piers, push piers, helical piers, and concrete piling piers.
Our team has been working with foundation piering techniques for years, and we’ve found the best foundation stabilization products, particularly for structural repairs that need piering. It has the edge in strength, durability, and engineering. It’s the quickest and least complicated way to install or repair structures.
What Can Piering Do for Your Foundation: Piering is especially beneficial for concrete foundations. These have a low cost, especially in comparison to replacing a full foundation. You also don’t have to stop using the dwelling while repairs are being made, as piering can be performed with the building still in use for most situations.
Most of the time, the problem is unstable soil and the dwelling being built out of level. However, those problems can be fixed with piering. It also doesn’t destroy your yard and doesn’t need heavy equipment.
Concrete Push Piers: Also known as hydraulic foundation repair piers, these push piers are hydraulically driven systems that consist of different galvanized epoxy-coated steel pipes. These are point-bearing piers that are driven into place with a hydraulic ram.
Once in place, each pier needs individual testing, ensuring that the structure is stabilized. This means that your foundation won’t slip or crack again. The helical pier system is the best way to support foundations in all soil conditions. It can be used for foundations or slabs, as well as seismic protection and tieback anchoring.
How Do Slurry Walls Work? Slurry cut-off walls are built deep underground to control the flow of groundwater above and below a groundwater table. If a jobsite for your home has too much water in the soil and can’t be excavated, a slurry wall will likely be necessary to impede groundwater from continuing to flow into the job site.
However, slurry walls also prevent contamination. It can be used to stabilize dams, levees, and other foundations in danger of cracking and breaking under the pressure of groundwater, flooding, and landslides.
Most slurry walls are backfilled with polymer and bentonite, but they also contain a portion of the soil and cement. These are lower cost when combined with excavated soil, but cement is also added to provide more strength.
Where are Slurry Walls Used Most? Slurry wall techniques require specialized equipment for excavating and building slurry trenches. The simplest form of this equipment is a mechanical clamshell attached via a kelly bar. However, we also use hydraulic clamshells and other techniques depending on the work site and fastidiousness required.
You’ll typically use a slurry wall for any of the following:
Slurry Wall Construction
Slurry walls or diaphragm walls (when used for basement foundations) provide long-term solutions for groundwater control systems. These are non-structural, custom-built barriers that are constructed underground. The main purpose is to control groundwater, but slurry walls are also used to prevent contaminants from spilling into another site. Through slurry wall foundations, you can contain all groundwater in a certain area.
The Slurry Wall Technique: With years of experience, our crew has developed a proven technique to build and maintain slurry walls. With an excavator, we dig a low permeability slurry structure using a highly efficient process. The excavated materials are mixed with bentonite and clay, then we use these to fill and protect the land. This technique wastes as little materials as possible while delivering a much stronger wall to prevent groundwater from traveling into other sites or leaking into your basement foundation.
Using Diaphragm Walls: With subsurface reinforced concrete, we build a structural wall system that provides earth support and groundwater barriers. It can also become a permanent foundation system. Diaphragm walls are cast in slurry trenches. Reinforced cages are also used to reinforce the structure and make it more durable.
Most diaphragm walls are used for basement construction, as well as landslide stabilization, road cuts, and tunneling structures.
Slurry Walls for Basements Most commonly known as diaphragm walls in home construction, these techniques build structurally safe and leak-protected foundations. When building a home with a basement or repairing groundwater solutions, slurry walls are the best options to quickly reinforce basement foundations and walls. We use the slurry wall technique to ensure that cement basements remain leak-free and don’t develop issues with moisture or flooding due to poor groundwater control.
How Much Do Slurry Walls Cost? There are a few different factors to consider when determining the price of slurry wall foundations. The bulk of our work is with building and reinforcing basements using diaphragm wall construction. When creating these walls, we must first build a perimeter by combining multiple panels and reinforcement cages.
The cost of materials, labor, and equipment can typically lead to a higher cost than a simple slurry wall construction for a cut-off wall, since it is a typical excavation and backfill. Reinforcement cages aren’t typically used for this application either.
Every project is different. Depending on the size of your home and where it’s located, your costs will match the most affordable price for materials and time needed to construct these structures. Slurry wall construction is absolutely the best option if you want to build a basement foundation that can stand the test of time and not become susceptible to flooding and mold.