Mudjacking – Saint Louis, MO 63110

Mudjacking in Saint Louis 63110 eliminates concrete problems. It isn't really uncommon to find concrete slabs which have damaged and settled. If the soil beneath a layer of concrete settles or washes away caused by a water leak or other issues, a section of the slab will likely be unsupported, therefore the bottom of the slab will be in stress. If the slab breaks because of its restricted strength in tension, some of it may sink right down to the bottom of the hole or recessed spot. A settled or moved slab can be a problem if it happens in a garage, basement or footpath. The damaged, tilted and irregular surface should be repaired so that it won't pose a safety hazard.

Fortunately, a settled or sunken slab in Saint Louis 63110 is often brought back to level (or close to it) by a procedure referred to as mudjacking, also known as slabjacking. Done by an experienced foundation repair contractor, mudjacking can be a permanent repair that restores a slab to its original state (However, the reason for the soil settlement or removal needs to be identified and eliminated before the repair takes place, in order to ensure against a new void forming.

Making Use of Mudjacking to Repair Broken Concrete

Mudjacking functions by pumping a cement grout or "slurry" under the slab. After the slurry streams into the voids and fills all the vacant spaces underneath the slab, it actually starts to exert hydraulic pressure, pressing the slab up toward its initial placement. A seasoned foundation repair professional understands when it is needed to stop pumping. When the slurry hardens, cracks are usually filled and slight differences in level could be corrected (if needed) by applying a skim layer of mortar over the area.

As a result of specific equipment and training needed to pump concrete under pressure and also the messiness of the process, mudjacking in Saint Louis 63110 is better done by a seasoned foundation repair contractor. The holes by which the slurry is pumped should be logically placed and sized to comfortably fit the hoses that convey the mix. The consistency of the slurry might be varied depending on how much lifting pressure is needed; a fuller mix could lift heavier slabs. Typical elements in the slurry include Portland cement, fine sand, flyash (a byproduct of coal combustion) and different chemicals that help reduce shrinking.

The prize for this work is a slab which comes in close proximity to its initial condition, and can remain that way as long as soil settlement does not reoccur. Mudjacking to correct a settled slab in Saint Louis, MO 63110 normally costs less than half the cost of completely replacing the old slab with a new one.

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