Denver Mudjacking - Concrete Repair Done Right
Is your sidewalk in bad shape? Has the floor in your basement or cellar caved in to the extent that walking on it is very risky? Don't break out the sledgehammer just yet. In most cases, a Denver mudjacking might just be what you need. Take the time to find out the services that such companies provide, and you might just be able to save yourself a lot of time, money, and stress…and still get a perfectly serviceable sidewalk or basement floor in the process.
What's the deal with mudjacking?
At its most basic, mudjacking simply involves pumping a mixture of concrete, soil, and water underneath concrete that has sunk into the ground. The mixture–called slurry–is pressurized so that it pushes up against the concrete, repositioning it back to where it was before. The end result is a concrete surface that is just structurally sound as before.
A better alternative to concrete repair
In most cases, a “mudjacked” sidewalk or floor is actually more stable and more reliable than a freshly laid concrete surface. The reason for this is that slurry actually hardens to quite a remarkable degree, providing a solid and reliable ‘bed’ upon which the concrete can lie. In areas where shifting in the underlying earth has caused the problems in the first place, it isn't unusual for the ground to shift again at some point in the future. Compared to the unstable earth therefore, the hardened slurry bed may actually make for a more stable platform.
The basics steps of mudjacking
Mudjacking is actually a fairly simply process that can be done in a few hours. The basic steps are as follows:
- Holes are first drilled into the concrete slab to be raised.
- A hose is inserted into the holes and positioned so that the opening is right in the gap in the earth.
- Slurry is pumped through the hose, filling the gaps underneath.
- The concrete is pushed upward by the pressurized slurry and guided into place.
- The hose is pulled out and the holes sealed with concrete.
- The slurry is left to dry.
As you can see, the process of mudjacking is quite simple in principle. However, it is important to hire a qualified Denver mudjacking firm to do the job, as there are far too many things that can go wrong with such an important project of this magnitude. If you want to avoid any potential issues that can be much costlier to fix later on, hiring a qualified mudjacking firm is the best course of action to take.
Getting a mudjacking recommendation
There are some instances wherein mudjacking isn't the best solution for your concrete-related problems. When the concrete has crumbled too much or the problems aren't caused by gaps in the earth, you might be better off changing out the concrete entirely. A good Denver mudjacking firm should be able to inspect the concrete and make a recommendation as to the best way to fix your problem.
Want o find out if mudjacking is the ideal solution for you? Call Cascade Mudjacking at 303-840-4725 today!