Slabjacking Company – 63052
Slabjacking in Otto, MO 63052 handles concrete problems. It's not unusual to find concrete slabs that have damaged and settled. When the dirt under a concrete slab settles or washes away caused by a water leak or other issues, an area of the slab will be unsupported, so the bottom of the slab will be in tension. If the slab breaks or cracks because of its limited strength in tension, part of it will certainly sink right down to the base of the hole or recessed region. A settled or moved slab is usually a problem if it happens in a garage, basement or sidewalk. The damaged, tilted and uneven surface has to be repaired so that it will not pose a safety threat.
Thankfully, a settled or sunken slab in Otto, Missouri 63052 can often be brought back to level (or near to it) by a process known as mudjacking, also called slabjacking. Performed by an experienced foundation repair company, mudjacking can be a permanent repair that restores a slab to its initial state (However, the cause of the soil settlement or removal should be found out and eliminated before the repair occurs, to guarantee against a new void forming.
Using Mudjacking to Fix Broken Concrete
Mudjacking works by pumping a cement grout or "slurry" under the slab. After the slurry flows into the voids and fills up all the vacant spaces under the slab, it starts to apply hydraulic pressure, pressing the slab up toward its original position. A seasoned foundation repair specialist knows when it is required to stop pumping. When the slurry hardens, cracks could be filled and slight discrepancies in level could be corrected (if needed) by applying a skim coat of mortar over the region.
Because of the specialized tools and education necessary to pump concrete under pressure and also the messiness of the procedure, mudjacking in Otto 63052 is better done by an experienced foundation repair contractor. The holes by which the slurry is pumped have to be tactically placed and sized to snugly fit the hoses that convey the mix. The consistency of the slurry can be varied depending on how much lifting pressure is needed; a thicker mix can lift heavier slabs. Typical ingredients inside the slurry include Portland cement, sand, flyash (a byproduct of coal combustion) and various chemicals that help prevent shrinking.
The reward for this work is a slab which comes in close proximity to its original condition, and will stay that way as long as soil settlement doesn't happen again. Mudjacking to fix a settled slab in 63052 usually is cheaper than half the cost of completely replacing the old slab with a new one.