Concrete Leveling Madison, WI
Concrete usually is one of the last things people want to spend money on. Unfortunately, sinking concrete typically causes additional and more expensive problems. The longer it goes unchecked, the more expensive it becomes to fix.
Concrete lifting, commonly called mudjacking, is a process of drilling through concrete and injecting material under the slab.
When done correctly, this lifts the concrete up to 3-4 inches. There are two types of concrete lifting, (traditional) mudjacking and urethane lifting (also called foam jacking). Here’s a more detailed comparison of the two.
The Concrete Lifting Process
All contractors differ, but when raising concrete we:
- Drill 1 to 4 dime-sized access points through each slab.
- Protect the surrounding concrete, insert a tap into each access point, and inject specialized foam (mudjacking contractors use thinned concrete mix).
- Verify the newly raised concrete pitch and level, patch holes, clean up, and finish lift in under 4 hours. Concrete lifted with foam is ready to use immediately.
Mudjacking vs Foam Concrete Leveling
Lower Upfront Cost
The “mud” that’s injected under the concrete in traditional mudjacking is concrete thinned with sand and water. It is less expensive, but also far less resilient and
Mudjacking has a high failure rate after 2-5 years.
Foam Concrete Lifting
A Permanent Solution
Foam concrete leveling lasts long enough to extend the life of the concrete.
Foam Concrete Leveling Explained
Mudjacking & Foam Concrete Lifting Process
Prepare the surrounding area to protect surfaces and expedite cleanup.
Drill injection points in specific locations to facilitate appropriately pitched final slope.
For polyurethane concrete raising, polyurethane foam is injected under concrete and the foam expansion does the lifting. In traditional mudjacking thin concrete is injected and machine-generated pressure does the lifting.
Patch over the penny-sized holes. Concrete patches require time and weatherizing to closely match existing concrete color. Holes from concrete leveling with foam are smaller and less noticeable than holes from mudjacking.
Why Raise Concrete
The Damage Spiral
Concrete Protects Other Property
Concrete serves a critical water drainage function, stops heavy objects (like cars and buildings) from sinking into the ground, and provides flat walking paths. If not addressed, otherwise preventable water damage will greatly increase repair costs.
Nothing Damages Like Water
Safety and Ease
Ice Buildup and Tripping
Foam Concrete Leveling
The Approach We Stand Behind
We exclusively lift concrete with foam. This is because we believe the process to be far more effective and a long term solution.
We are also able to resurface concrete. The combination will take aged concrete and restore it to its original position and look. This often costs less, doesn’t damage surrounding property, and is more environmentally friendly than replacement. Thanks to the foam foundation, it’s also far less likely to sink over the years than new concrete.
Know YOUR Numbers
Planning with general numbers often leads to inaccurate estimations and budgets. That’s one of the many reasons we offer free estimates. Whether you need a quick fix or are planning for work next year, work with actual numbers specific to you.