Can You Raise a Broken Concrete Slab?

Most of us take for granted the concrete that is underneath our feet. After all, it is often the literal foundation for much of our lives. So when concrete develops a problem, it is important that it is repaired expertly and economically.

A solid concrete floor is especially important for industrial and business applications. A cracked concrete slab that would be an annoyance and a nuisance for a homeowner can be an expensive catastrophe in a factory or a warehouse.

Fortunately, in many cases it might be possible to repair a concrete slab that has issues instead of going to all the cost and trouble of replacement. Industrial concrete repair is an option that can potentially save a business tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

One of the most common problems that develop for large concrete slabs is instability of the ground underneath the concrete floor. In Utah, water from natural drainage or even a broken pipe can wash away the dirt and gravel that previously provided support for the floor. As a result, the concrete slab cracks and breaks, leaving a floor that is no longer level.

Tearing up a floor to refill and stabilize the ground is not a viable option for many businesses. Fortunately, the problem can often be repaired using a method called mud jacking. The process involves drilling holes through the concrete in areas where there are voids. Then a special grout mixture is injected into the holes. As the mixture hardens, it raises and levels the damaged floor.

The mud-jacking technique is relatively simple and fast. It can literally be done in hours, which is in sharp contrast to the alternative of tearing out the broken concrete and completely re-pouring a new slab.

When compared to other repair methods, mud jacking is less expensive, more convenient, safe, fast, and reliable. It makes sense for industrial and business situation.