Is slabjacking the fast, easy concrete repair you’re looking for? Will it restore your stairs, driveway, walkway or patio within your desired timeline? Most importantly, is it a repair that will last?
The slabjacking process is straightforward, and is usually completed in less than a day, but time frames vary based on the extent of the job. Depending on whether you’re looking for a major or minor residential, commercial or municipal repair, the time invested in the project may be different.
The First Visit
It’s important to get an in-person assessment from your concrete lifting contractor before you commit to a slabjacking project. At this meeting, the contractor will do a full examination of the issue you’re trying to fix and offer their best recommendation as to the appropriate solution.
Besides giving you a cost analysis, they will also estimate how long it will take them to complete the job. At this point, you can decide if you want to move forward.
On the day the project will be completed, your contractor will arrive with all of the tools and materials needed to handle the repair. The first step in the process involves drilling a hole in the concrete. While this won’t make too much of a mess, it can get dusty.
Next, the contractor will attach a hydraulic pump to the hole. They will use this machine to transport a stabilizing concrete slurry mixture underneath the sunken slab. This grout displaces the air and shifting soil that previously made for an unstable foundation for the concrete structure.
As it gradually fills the void, it will effectively jack up the slab to its previous even level. Again, this isn’t a messy procedure, and it’s only as noisy as a lawnmower. The gas-powered pump completes the job quickly and efficiently.
After the slab has reached its target level, the contractor will patch and fill the hole they drilled with regular concrete. While it won’t match the color of the rest of the slab exactly, over time it will fade and become less noticeable.
Altogether, the project shouldn’t take more than a few hours for the most basic repair, but for lifting a large area, expect a full day of work.
You’ll be able to walk on the raised surface immediately, and vehicles can drive on lifted concrete within four to six hours.
Compare to a Complete Replacement
Besides the overwhelming cost saving slabjacking offers over concrete replacement, there is a major difference in how long the job takes, too.
Replacing concrete involves quite a few additional steps. First, the contractor must excavate. This is a time-consuming, extensive process that can ruin nearby landscaping. Then you have to make sure you have the right permits to legally rebuild the concrete structure, especially if you’re making changes. After the actual building is complete, waiting for the concrete to cure can take weeks or even months.
There is no doubt about it — the fastest concrete repair option is slabjacking. Contact Lift-Up Concrete today to get a quote and learn more about the process.