Mudjacking 101: A Guide For Worried Homeowners


Discovering that you have problems with the foundation of your home can be one of the most worrisome situations a homeowner can face. When left unattended, disruptions to the home's foundation can rather quickly mean deterioration of the entire house, from the walls to the ceilings and everything in between. One of the methods of contending with a failing foundation is through a process known as mudjacking. This project is not something a lot of homeowners know a lot about, so if it is something a contractor recommends to you, you are bound to have questions. Here is a look at some of what you need to know about mudjacking. 

What exactly is mudjacking?

Mudjacking is essentially jacking up a concrete slab using mud (concrete filler material). This process involves drilling holes into the existing concrete foundation and pumping the concrete filler material through the holes to slightly lift the foundation. Of course, mudjacking is only effective if your home has a solid-slab concrete foundation, and your home may actually have to be raised slightly during the project to allow time for the filler material to cure at a height to hold the slab in the correct position. 

Is mudjacking a permanent solution for an ailing foundation?

In most cases, mudjacking is highly effective for homes that have foundation problems caused by natural ground settling or slight changes in the underlying ground or water systems. The reason homes settle like they do with age is because there is not a stable ground consistency to hold them in place. When the filler material is added and cured, it will probably last until there are further changes. For most homes, these ground changes take place really slowly. Therefore, if you have your home mudjacked one time, it will likely last for a really long time. 

Is mudjacking an expensive way to repair the foundation?

Mudjacking eliminates a lot of the typical work from the equation where foundation repair is concerned. Therefore, it is often deemed as a more cost-effective solution. According to HomeAdvisor, average costs are between $515 and $1,227. Larger homes will naturally be more costly to mudjack because it will require more time and material to get the job done. Likewise, homes that have problems with severe foundation settling will be more likely to have a higher cost. In some situations, mudjacking is used in conjunction with other foundation-repair techniques as well. 

For more information, contact your local foundation repairs experts. 


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Home Damage Guide: Do's and Dont's For Emergency Situations

When my home was flooded last year, I was nearly in tears after surveying the damage. The carpets were soaked, the furniture was filthy and the house had a terrible odor. I didn't know how I was ever going to clean up the mess good enough so my home would be livable again. After speaking with my neighbor, whose home was also flooded, I found out about damage contractors. My name is Arlene Bell and I am here to sing the praises of the restoration crew that cleaned up my home. They worked tirelessly for days until every drop of water was gone. My home looks terrific and there are no signs that it was ever flooded. Read my blog to learn what you should and shouldn't do if you ever have emergency damage to your home.