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Concrete Leveling - A Cost-Effective Alternative to Replacing Damaged Concrete

Jun 16

Concrete Leveling Contractors Medina is an affordable and effective alternative to replacing damaged concrete structures. The process is simple and efficient and leaves your concrete looking nearly new.

Uneven concrete isn’t just unsightly; it can create tripping hazards for pedestrians and vehicles and cause structural issues in your home. Concrete leveling brings sunken concrete slabs back up to a safe, stable position.

How It Works

When your driveway, walkway, patio, or the concrete slab that surrounds your swimming pool starts to sink or slope in one direction, it’s time for a solution. These uneven surfaces are unsightly and can create a safety hazard for visitors to your home or business.

Concrete leveling works by filling the voids under sunken concrete with a special material. This material can either be mud or polyurethane foam. The mud, called mudjacking, is pumped through holes that technicians drill into the concrete. This method is messy, but it can work in some situations.

A more practical and affordable approach is to use polyurethane foam to raise your concrete slabs. This method uses specialized equipment that drills small holes into the sunken slab. Then, a special mixture of polyurethane, Portland cement, and other materials is injected through those holes. This material will expand to fill voids and lift the slab back to its original position. The results are fast, cost-effective, and long-lasting.

Slab Jacking

Slab jacking is also known as "mud jacking." It involves pumping a cement "slurry" or polyurethane foam under your sunken concrete slab. The foam expands when pumped in, lifting the slab and filling in any voids.

Mudjacking is effective for raising sunken concrete on sidewalks, patios, driveways, garage floors and basement floors. It's especially useful for concrete in soil that erodes rapidly and is not stable enough to support the weight of the slab or any vehicles that may travel on it.

After the mudjacking process is complete, temporary tapered wooden plugs are inserted into each injection hole to retain pressure and stop any return flow of the grout mixture. The holes are then plugged with a stiff one-part-water, three-part-cement grout or approved concrete mixture. After the plugged holes are cleaned, the slab is ready for use. It's typically less expensive than replacing the sunken concrete and offers a quicker solution. It also saves the environment from the disposal of waste concrete.

Slab Leveling

Slab leveling is an alternative to tearing out and replacing concrete that is sunken or uneven. It’s a practical, cost-effective, and less disruptive solution for driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool decks, and other outdoor concrete slabs.

Sunken concrete outside your home or business is often the result of soil settlement. This happens when the soil beneath a concrete slab is too lightly compacted before the concrete was poured. As the soil settles, it leaves voids that sink the concrete.

Mudjacking (a cement slurry) and foam leveling are two popular methods of lifting sunken concrete. Foam leveling, also known as poly jacking, lifts the concrete by injecting a chemical mixture that expands to fill the voids. This method is lighter than mudjacking and won’t contribute to future soil settlement. It’s also quicker and easier than pouring a new slab. This is why it’s the preferred option for many homeowners and businesses. It’s important to hire a professional who has the proper insurance and licenses for this work.

Slab Repair

Slabs that are sinking or uneven cause tripping hazards for pedestrians, as well as cars and motorcycles. They can also damage your home’s foundation. If neglected, uneven concrete can deteriorate further, which leads to more expensive and time-consuming repairs. Concrete leveling is less costly than pouring new concrete and less destructive to surrounding landscaping, making it the ideal repair method for exterior slabs.

Our team uses hydraulic pressure to fill voids under sunken concrete and raise walkways, patios, driveways, pool decks, and garage floors back to their original position. Unlike mudjacking, this technique uses polyurethane foam instead of cement slurry to lift slabs. Unlike the slurry, the polyurethane lifting material doesn’t add extra weight to the soil beneath it. This makes it unlikely that your sunken slabs will sink again. If you’re concerned about the stability of your concrete, it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible. You may be able to spot the warning signs of a slab problem by looking for diagonal cracks in drywall or noticing that flooring moves up or down when you walk over it.