What Is Mudjacking?

As patios, walkways, driveways, and concrete steps sink, they can crack and create uneven surfaces. Sinking concrete is unsightly, and it can create a tripping hazard.

Traditionally, this problem is often repaired by mudjacking concrete, a repair technique for lifting concrete slabs that have settled over time by injecting a mortar-based mix beneath them. This injected material is a mixture of water, soil, sand and Portland cement that cures to become a solid, stable fill.

As the mixture is pumped underneath the concrete slab, it fills all empty spaces and creates pressure on the slab that lifts the surface upwards. Once injected, the slurry will then harden into a solid fill that’s more stable than the soil, yet lighter than concrete.

Mudjacking is Also Known As:

  • Slab Jacking
  • Concrete Lifting
  • Concrete Raising
  • Grout Pumping
  • Slab Leveling

Tilted Concrete Solutions offers a fast, effective, and less invasive approach to sunken concrete repair. Our system involves injecting an expanding polymer foam under the concrete for a durable, long-lasting solution. If you’re interested in learning about what we can do for you, call us for a free estimate for our mudjacking alternative in Houston, Sugar Land, Katy and nearby.

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This front stoop has started to sink and separate from the foundation. There is noticeable cracking and sloping.
This front stoop has started to sink and separate from the foundation. There is noticeable cracking and sloping.
expanding foam was used to level the steps and the cracks and sloping have been repaired.
Expanding foam was used to level the steps and the cracks and sloping have been repaired.

These concrete steps have suffered from severe settling over time and have separated from the foundation structure.
These concrete steps have suffered from severe settling over time and have separated from the foundation structure.

When is Mudjacking NOT Appropriate?

Mudjacking is effective for heavier concrete structures when used in conjunction with slab piers. It should not be considered as a standalone solution for lifting a footing or floor slab that has settled in your home. In most cases, mudjacking alone will not be able to lift both a slab and the heavy partition walls that sit on top of it. In cases where mudjacking isn’t effective, we often recommend installing slab piers instead. If mudjacking does lift the concrete slab, it may be difficult to control where mudjacking lifts the walls, causing them to lift unevenly.

More importantly, this kind of sunken concrete repair solution is temporary. Even with the voids filled, the soil below is likely to continue settling over time. Ultimately, you’d have to call your contractor to your home over and over again to repeat the mudjacking process — or call someone who can use a different solution that can fix it once and for all!

Mudjacking is also not an appropriate “do-it-yourself” repair. Mudjacking requires special equipment and professional experience. All work should be done through a trained, professional mudjacking contractor who has excellent knowledge of local soil conditions.

Tilted Concrete Solutions is Greater Houston’s trusted concrete leveling contractor. Schedule an estimate in Pearland, Richmond, Roseberg, Missouri City, Lake Jackson, Alvin, Stafford or nearby to learn more about why we are our top choice for repairing sunken driveways, sidewalks and more!