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Thursday, June 13th, 2019 by Amanda Waldmann
There are points in the year where you become extra-aware of existing problems. Maybe you remember that you need to look into getting a sump pump installed at each spring thaw, or that you need to change your furnace filter the first time it kicks on in the fall and leaves your house smelling not so fresh. The time to remember that your concrete is an issue is right about now, when the neighborhood kids are out of school for the summer and falling down in your uneven driveway.
If you’ve Googled some iteration of “sinking concrete,” you know that there are multiple companies who offer multiple solutions and everyone claims theirs is the best. One of the oldest and most often advertised is mudjacking. It’s not an attractive word, and it’s an even worse process that, at the end of the day, doesn’t work.
The one thing that mudjacking has in common with our PoyLevel concrete lifting process is that it involves injecting material under the slab. But that’s where the similarities end. Mudjacking uses a slurry that’s a combination of concrete and, well, mud. Sounds great, right?
Concrete settles when soil washes out and leaves the slab(s) unsupported. If soil washes out once, there’s nothing to stop it from washing out again. Mud is just wet soil. You can probably see what I’m getting at, here; if the soil washed out once, it will wash out again. Mixing some concrete into it won’t be enough to resist the force of water, and you’ll be right back where you started - with sunken concrete.
Since it uses a combination of mud and concrete, mudjacking also requires a longer curing time - anywhere from a day or two to a full week - before you can drive and sometimes even walk on it. Unless you have some sort of pulley system installed that lets you skip over your driveway and/or sidewalk and fly right to your porch, it’s inconvenient.
At the end of the day, mudjacking is a process that has a longer wait time and high chance of failing.
PolyLevel, on the other hand, solves the problems that plague the mudjacking process. The two-part polymer that makes up PolyLevel is waterproof, which means it won’t wash out over time. The expanding properties of the polyurethane allow for targeted and full lift, even on heavy slabs; it’s also lightweight enough that it won’t add disruptive weight to existing soil.
Best of all, PolyLevel’s curing time is extremely short. In as little as an hour, it’s ready to bear weight and can be walked and driven on. That means you can go on with your life as usual, but without that sinking concrete nagging at you.
The choice is clear. Call today to schedule a free inspection and learn how PolyLevel can help your home.