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Why Do I Need Concrete Leveling?
Concrete leveling, or mudjacking, as it is sometimes called, is a very cost-efficient way to fix concrete problems. It is a fraction of the cost of breaking up, removing and replacing concrete. Therefore, it can offer an economical fix to a potentially large repair cost.
Broken or uneven concrete can be caused due to problems with the soil underneath, whether it is from frost heaves or a bad backfill job. Problems arise when companies try to save a few dollars by using a less than average type of fill. Some companies use an inordinate amount of silt without the appropriate bedding, while others use too much bedding without the right soil.
Mud jacking can be used for cement floor leveling, concrete patio leveling - basically any cement slab repair can be fixed permanently with concrete leveling. The process of concrete leveling involves drilling several strategic holes in the concrete slab around the problem area and using new concrete or other hard forming material pumped into those holes to “jack up”, or raise the level of the concrete that is causing the problem. The pressure of the new material will fill in any voids causing problems and raise the surface of the concrete to its original state.
Average Concrete Floor Leveling Costs / Average Mudjacking Costs
The average cost to level concrete will depend on two things: how far it needs to be raised and the accessibility of the spot in question. The concrete leveling machine is cumbersome and bulky. Therefore, it is difficult to get it close to a confined area. It will cost $5 to $8 per square foot of concrete to level a typical job. It can cost as much as $15 per square foot if you need extra slurry and it takes extra labor to get the machine into position, or you need to resod a part of your lawn after the job is completed.
Concrete leveling companies will usually give you some sort of guarantee protecting against re-settling. The fix should last for at least a year, as long as the original settling is completely done. Poured concrete or landscaping work typically takes around a year to settle to its final position. However, it can sometimes take up to 10 years. The concrete leveling company you hire should be able to tell you whether the site is completely settled.