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What is Mudjacking?

Most homeowners know concrete lifting requires professional repair to ensure a long-lasting and effective result. However, does traditional mudjacking really solve the problem of concrete lifting and leveling? This page explores concrete lifting and compares traditional mudjacking methods with the more modern and efficient solution of polyurethane foam injection. 

How Does Mudjacking Work? 

filled concrete hole

Traditional mudjacking is a concrete lifting technique that stabilizes sinking slabs by using a slurry mixture, usually clay or soil, sand, concrete, and water. Additives may also be used to alter consistency, strength, and curing times. Concrete professionals begin the mudjacking process by drilling holes into settled, uneven concrete surfaces and pumping the slurry under the slab through the holes. As this soupy mixture fills the voids below, it creates upward pressure that lifts the concrete. When the slab reaches the desired height, the professionals finish the process by patching the holes and allowing the area to cure. The curing process typically requires up to two days to fully set.  

Some homeowners avoid traditional mudjacking methods due to their messy nature, which often causes splatters, stains, spills, and drips. Also, mudjacking may not be suitable for severely damaged concrete slabs or areas with unstable soil. For these reasons, homeowners may consider polyurethane foam injections. 

What is Polyurethane Foam? 

polyurethane foam underground

Polyurethane foam is a modernized solution for concrete lifting and stabilization. It is less messy than mudjacking, and uses a lightweight, eco-friendly polyurethane foam rather than a slurry mixture. This minimally invasive technique is injected beneath the concrete to fill gaps and voids and potentially lift the concrete to its original level. Polyurethane foam works similarly to the mudjacking slurry, but the concrete lifting foam is more efficient and provides a long-lasting, mess-free solution to enhance your home’s safety, curb appeal, and value.  

How to Permanently Fix a Sinking Slab with PolyRenewal™ 

sunken concrete driveway

Bay Area Underpinning’s PolyRenewal™ foam injection is an eco-friendly, durable solution for concrete lifting. This unique, two-part polyurethane foam provides superior lift, restoring driveways, patios, sidewalks, porches, and other concrete surfaces in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional mudjacking methods. The patented, durable, lightweight foam reaches beyond the surface to strengthen the soil and gently lift and stabilize cracked, sinking, and uneven concrete. Our minimally invasive PolyRenewal™ lifting technique cures in just one day, offering access to the treated surface on the same day as treatment. It is our efficient and cost-effective solution for uneven and cracked concrete repair.  

Bay Area Underpinning Offers PolyRenewal™ Concrete Lifting   

worker fixes cracked concrete

Concrete lifting presents challenges for homeowners, but Bay Area Underpinning offers top-tier solutions, like PolyRenewal™ foam injection, that surpass traditional mudjacking in effectiveness and durability. PolyRenewal™ is an eco-friendly, waterproof, and durable solution for lifting cracked, sinking, and uneven concrete. 

Contact our team at Bay Area Underpinning for a free inspection to learn how we can enhance your home’s concrete surfaces for long-term safety and durability. 

Shaye Glisson

Shaye Glisson

Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in many cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. Bay Area Underpinning does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make your concrete perfectly level.

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