FAQs about Sunken & Damaged Concrete Hardscapes
Do you want to improve the curb appeal of your home but do not know where to start? If you have any hardscapes on your property, it is a good place to start, especially if there are multiple hardscapes. Sunken and cracked concrete hardscapes can cause a home to lose both curb appeal and value, which is why you should invest in repairs if it is necessary. Depending on how damaged the concrete is, you might not have to get new concrete laid out. All you might need to bring the appeal back to your hardscapes is the assistance of a contractor who is skilled at mudjacking.
Why Do Concrete Hardscapes Become Sunken?
There are multiple ways for a concrete hardscape to become sunken, including changes to the level of soil due to an earthquake. However, the most common cause of concrete becoming sunken is from the soil shifting around beneath it from exposure to water. For example, when rainwater seeps into the soil, the particles can gradually be washed away and cause a hardscape to sink. As a hardscape begins to sink, cracks can also develop on the surface. A contractor will let you know if your hardscapes are ideal for mudjacking, or if you should invest in new hardscape construction.
What Does a Mudjacking Contractor Do to Lift Concrete?
Mudjacking is a technique that can usually be completed in a short period, such as within a few hours. However, the duration of the job depends on the severity of the damage and how many hardscapes are being worked on. A contractor along with his or her crew will come to your home with a truck that contains cement. Holes will be drilled in various parts of the concrete to create a passage for inserting the cement slurry. As the slurry is poured inside the holes, the sunken hardscape will begin to lift up.
Will a Mudjacking Contractor Seal the Cracks in Hardscapes?
When a concrete hardscape sinks, surface cracks might be left after the concrete is lifted up. The services offered by mudjacking contractors can vary, so sealing the surface cracks might not be included. However, sometimes contractors will include sealing cracks along with the mudjacking task. If you would like the cracks sealed when mudjacking is performed, ask a contractor in advance if it is included or if it's an additional service for which you can pay. You can also ask for a price quote regarding the project in general.
To learn more, contact a residential concrete mudjacking service in your area.