Why Mudjacking Isn't the Best Fix for Sunken Concrete
Let’s be honest, uneven concrete is unsightly, lowers your property value, and is downright dangerous as a trip hazard. Whether it’s your sinking driveway, sidewalk, patio, or pool deck – it needs to be fixed. You may ask yourself, what’s the best way to fix uneven concrete? For many homeowners, the term “mudjacking” comes to mind, but this outdated, messy method could be discouraging them from fixing their concrete.
Here’s how it works: Mudjacking crews drill large-diameter holes into the surface, then inject a messy mixture of cement and soil below the concrete. Because the “mud” is hydraulically pumped under considerable pressure, it can lift the cement slab section back to its original position.
One of the main problems with traditional mudjacking is that the weight of the mixture that is pumped under the slab, combined with the weight of the concrete itself, can actually cause the slab to sink further if the soil beneath isn’t able to support the load. this simply doubles-down on the problem and can make your concrete vulnerable to recurring issues.
Pros and Cons of Mudjacking
- Can be most inexpensive option
- Can level concrete for a period of time
- Not a permanent fix
- Messy and disruptive
- Large unattractive holes left in concrete by installers
- Return to service in 1-4 days
The good news is there is a modern solution that requires minimal disruption to lift and stabilize concrete slabs. Homeowners can achieve permanent concrete leveling with PolyLevel®. Innovative mudjacking alternative PolyLevel® is a two-part foam engineered to expand immediately upon injection beneath a settled slab. Injection holes are much smaller than those required for mudjacking.
In action, PolyLevel® expands to many times its original volume, forcing the sunken concrete back to its original level. Within a matter of minutes, the expanded polymer hardens and reaches 90 percent or more of its final strength. This makes it possible for the restored surface to regain full functionality right away. Homeowners will be able to use their driveway in less than 20 minutes of concrete leveling with PolyLevel®.
Pros and Cons of PolyLevel®
- Affordable, permanent solution
- Non-invasive and less messy
- Immediate return to service
- Lightweight but strong
- Environmentally friendly
- Can be more expensive than mudjacking
When you’re frustrated from tripping on your uneven concrete one too many times and you’re ready to fix it, choose the option that makes the most sense for you and your family. If you’re ready to lift and level your concrete with PolyLevel®, contact us today for your free concrete repair estimate.