Concrete raising or levelling is a procedure that attempts to lift, and correct, uneven concrete surfaces, by lifting and altering the foundation that the structure is sitting on. It is a way cheaper alternative to replacement.
In some areas where there is continuous heavy rainfall, soil can be eroded and washed away. This causes the concrete structure to start sagging and crack. If it is not remedied timeously, then the structure will eventually have to be replaced at a huge cost.
Concrete is known as mud to those who work with it, hence mudjacking is the process of lifting the structure by pumping concrete underneath the structure to be raised. Although different types of concrete can be used, it is usually a low strength concrete that is used in mudjacking.
On average, mudjacking work usually can be completed in a couple of hours, but larger jobs can take up to a whole day. It is very seldom that more than a day is required.
The footing of a structure is a very important part of the foundation. Usually concrete with rebar reinforcement to prevent settling is used, as the footings are very important in areas with troublesome soils. Usually the concrete is poured into an excavated trench with the reinforcement bars.
It is not only heavy rain that can erode soil, rodents that burrow beneath the surface have also been know to cause the soil to erode as the soil settles on the tunnels they dig and eventually it causes the foundations to start settling and cracks appear in the structures.
Regular inspections and cleaning of your walls will enable you to detect any cracking early, before it becomes a huge problem. You will need to take action to remedy the situation to prevent too much damage being done to the structure which will then only be fixed by replacing.
To learn more about raising or levelling concrete you can speak to one of our qualified consultants who will gladly explain and guide you to your best options.
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