Mudjacking

Mudjacking Contractors in Edmonton & Northern Alberta

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 a process called mudjacking.

Mudjacking is a repair technique for lifting concrete slabs that have settled over time with a mortar-based mix.

Mudjacking involves pumping a mortar-based mixture of “mud” or “slurry” underneath a settling slab. This injected material is a mixture of water, soil, sand, and Portland cement that cures to become a solid, stable fill.

As the mixture gets 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 harden into a solid fill that’s more stable than the soil yet lighter than concrete.

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    PolyLEVEL Alberta Corp. offers a fast, effective, and less invasive approach to concrete leveling with PolyRenewal™. The PolyRenewal™ system injects an expanding polymer foam under the concrete for a durable, long-lasting solution. If you’re interested in learning what PolyRenewal™ can do for you, call us for a free quote for our alternative to mudjacking in Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and nearby.

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    When is mudjacking NOT appropriate?

    Mudjacking is effective for heavier concrete structures when used with slab piers. It should not be considered a standalone solution to 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 on top of it. In cases where mudjacking isn’t practical, we often recommend installing slab piers instead.

    If mudjacking does lift the concrete slab, controlling where it lifts the walls may be challenging, causing them to lift unevenly.

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

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

    FAQs

    Mudjacking is a traditional method of concrete leveling that involves pumping a mixture of soil, water, and cement (known as “slurry”) beneath sunken concrete slabs to lift them. PolyRenewal™, on the other hand, uses a specialized polyurethane foam to achieve the same result. While mudjacking can be effective, PolyRenewal™ offers advantages such as quicker installation, lighter material, and longer-lasting results.

    PolyRenewal™ installation involves drilling small holes into the concrete surface and injecting expanding polyurethane foam beneath the slab. This process is quicker and less invasive than mudjacking, which requires larger holes and the pumping of heavy slurry material.

    PolyRenewal™ offers several advantages over mudjacking, including:

      • Faster installation
      • Lightweight material that doesn’t add extra weight to the soil
      • Ability to lift larger slabs
      • Longer-lasting results with minimal risk of future settlement
      • Minimal disruption to the surrounding area

    Yes, PolyRenewal™ can be used for many concrete leveling projects, including driveways, sidewalks, patios, garage floors, and more. It is suitable for both residential and commercial applications.

    PolyRenewal™ sets and cures quickly, usually within 15 minutes of injection, allowing immediate use of the repaired surface. Mudjacking may require more time to set and cure, depending on environmental conditions and the thickness of the slurry.

    Yes, PolyRenewal™ can be used to repair concrete that has been previously mudjacked. It offers a durable and long-lasting solution for correcting any remaining settlement or unevenness in the concrete surface.

    PolyRenewal™ is an environmentally friendly solution for concrete leveling, as it uses less material and generates minimal waste compared to mudjacking. Additionally, the polyurethane foam used in PolyRenewal™ is non-toxic and inert, posing no harm to the surrounding environment.

    Get a free concrete leveling quote today!

    PolyLEVEL Alberta Corp. is Greater Edmonton’s trusted concrete repair expert. Schedule an inspection in Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Sherwood Park, St Albert, Condor, Spruce Grove, Leduc, Fort Saskatchewan, Beaumont or nearby to learn more about why PolyRenewal™ is our top choice for repairing sunken driveways, sidewalks and more!

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