How to Properly Repair Your Concrete Steps

To keep your concrete steps looking their best and doing their job, you need to repair any problems as soon as possible. There is a process that you can use to repair them. Commonly referred to as mudjacking, it has also been called slabjacking, concrete raising, or pressure grinding. This process is completed in 3 easy steps:

  1. Preparation
    Start by gathering the tools, such as the mixture materials, mortar mixture, a grout pump, grout hose, and a drill. Depending on your geographic location and budget, you can choose the materials used in the mixture, such as fly ash, limestone, sand, sandy foam, and top soil. The mixture is loaded into a pump and mixed on-site. Depending on the mixture that you use, you should be aware of the proper temperature and other factors that will ensure the right mixture.
  2. Drilling
    When drilling holes into the concrete, you’ll need to make 2 1-inch diameter holes with your drill. Pump the grout mixture into the holes using the grout pump and hoses. As the mixture gets pumped in, the pressure will allow you to lift the slab and support it while you’re working on it.
  3. Patching
    After the slab lifts, you can lift it away. Then, you should level the slab. You can fill or patch the holes with your concrete mixture. After you’ve repaired the slab, you should wait 28 days before adding a sealant. Use the right tools to add the sealer to strengthen the concrete and prevent future issues with cracking.

The mudjacking process is simple, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an easy one. In order to ensure that your repairs will hold up and you won’t have further issues with your steps, you should have a professional come out and help you. Elite Concrete Lifting specializes in repairing concrete, especially steps. Contact us to find out what we can do to get your steps in like-new condition.