Somehow, before this week started, I was reasonably sure I would never utter these two words in the same sentence, Mud Jacking. Well, I have learned all about this process this week.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes front brick step seem to settle and pull away from the house foundation? I see this on many homes I show. I guess after a certain amount of time, most homes go through this. There are a couple of fixes that I have found.
The first fix involves installing a couple of jacks on either side of the steps and actually jacking up the steps into their original location and then filling in below them to keep them there. I think this is what I will be doing soon for mine. My steps have just begun the process of falling and I want to fix them while it will still be easy (Cheaper).
While checking on methods to fix my steps I came across Mud Jacking. It is usually used to lift concrete slabs such as those found in a basement, driveway, or sidewalk. If the slab has dropped, mud jacking can fix it. The process involves drilling a hole into the slab and injecting a slurry of concrete and mud into the cavity underneath. Eventually, when the cavity is full, the pressure builds up and pushes the slab upwards to where it belongs.
So now, you can enjoy your day with the knowledge that when the topic of mud jacking comes up at your next gathering, you will be able to chime in with enthusiasm! You are welcome.