Concrete slab foundation leveling can be one of the most cost efficient ways to fix a homes foundation issue. Concrete repair is not only cost efficient but is a very clean and simple process. Next to no landscape destruction and minimal clean up makes this process one of the best budget methods for foundation repair.
Here are the average costs of concrete repair:
Concrete leveling costs can vary depending on the repair method chosen. Mudjacking and polyjacking are the two traditional methods used in raising concrete back to its original state. Mudjacking costs on average $1500 for driveways, walkways and other concrete around the house. Polyjacking is a little bit more expensive than mudjacking for common concrete around the house; the average cost is $3000.
What concrete is able to be leveled?
There are several factors involved but generally the concrete can be raised as long as 3 basic requirements are met.
- The Slab is not cracked beyond repair
- The home is sitting on a slab foundation
- Subsoil is stable
5 Pros and Cons to Mudjacking
- Cheaper than new slab of concrete or polyjacking
- Complete fill of holes beneath concrete, with no air pockets
- Very controlled and clean process with low pressures
- Eco-friendly, the fill material used will not cause harm to any surrounding landscape
- No further damage is done to lawn
- Short term procedure: More often than not mudjacking will need to be repeated again.
- Suitability: So much depends on if the damage to the concrete is too severe. If it is mudjacking can be a waste of time and money.
- Gaps in concrete: because of the pressure some gaps in the concrete may appear and cause weeds to grow through.
- Requires a bit more clean up than foam
- The fill contains water, which may cause the slab to shift
How does Mudjacking work?
Mudjacking, also known as slabjacking, is the process of leveling a slab on concrete to its original position by pumping grout or concrete into small holes drilled in the concrete. Mudjacking is often needed because of time the concrete will sink into the soil due to natural occurrences such as, heavy moisture, drought, large amount of pressure, etc. Traditional areas around the house that will need mudjacking are driveways, porches, patios, walkways, and some foundations depending on the severity of the situation.
Check out this quick video about the mudjacking process:
Polyjacking, like mudjacking, is the process of leveling a slab of concrete to its original position but instead of grout, foam is pumped into the concrete. Polyjacking is the better of the two methods and that makes it more expensive. It is a super fast curing process that requires even less clean up than mudjacking. Once the foam is pumped it is not subject to erosion making it a more permanent solution to a problem. The foam also is great for supporting nearly 15,000 lbs. Per square foot.
Check out this video out the polyjacking process:
4 Pros and Cons to Polyjacking
- Cures in under an hour and requires little to no cleanup.
- Very strong and supportive. Lasts longer and will not degrade compared to mudjacking.
- Water resistant and will not pollute the soil
- Appearance: much smaller hole are drilled into the concrete for repair
- More expensive than mudjacking
- Hard to controle do to the amount of lift created by foam expanding
- Intense heat can build up and cause a fire
- Potentially toxic to pest that consume it