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Why Mudjacking Isn’t the Best Fix for Sunken Concrete

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Why Mudjacking Isn’t the Best Fix for Sunken Concrete

Let’s face it: uneven concrete is not just unsightly, it’s a hazard that can diminish your property’s value and pose a danger as a trip hazard. Whether it’s your sinking driveway, sidewalk, patio, or pool deck, it demands attention and a proper fix.

But what’s the best approach to rectify your uneven concrete? Many homeowners might think of “mudjacking,” a traditional but outdated method that can be messy and ineffective.

Here’s how it typically works: Mudjacking involves drilling large holes into the concrete surface and injecting a mixture of cement and soil beneath it. The hydraulic pressure from this mixture can lift the concrete slab section back to its original position. However, traditional mudjacking has drawbacks: the weight of the mixture, combined with the concrete itself, can further sink the slab if the soil below can’t support the load.

Mudjacking Pros

– Potentially the most economical option.

– Can temporarily level concrete.

Mudjacking Cons

– Not a permanent solution.

– Messy and disruptive process.

– Leaves large holes in the concrete, creating a polka-dotted appearance.

– Return to service typically takes 1-4 days.

Fortunately, there’s a modern solution that offers minimal disruption and achieves permanent concrete leveling: PolyLevel┬«. This innovative method involves injecting a two-part foam beneath the settled slab. Unlike mudjacking, PolyLevel uses smaller injection holes and expands immediately upon injection, lifting the concrete back to its original level. The expanded polymer hardens within minutes, allowing the surface to regain full functionality almost instantly.

PolyLevel® Pros

-Affordable and provides a permanent solution.

-Non-invasive and less messy.

-Immediate return to service.

-Lightweight yet durable
Environmentally friendly.

PolyLevel® Cons

-May be more expensive than mudjacking.

So, if you’re tired of stumbling over uneven concrete and are ready for a lasting solution, choose the option that best suits your needs and your family’s safety. To lift and level your concrete with PolyLevel, schedule a FREE consultation with TerraFirma today.