An Alternative to Mud Jacking and Slab Jacking in Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point, Lexington

Tar Heel Basement Systems uses PolyRenewal® to replace traditional mud jacking methods

Mud jacking

(also known as):

  • Slab Jacking
  • Concrete lifting
  • Concrete raising
  • Grout pumping
  • Slab leveling

As concrete slabs sink they create uneven surfaces which are both unsightly and a tripping hazard. This can happen to driveways, walkways, patios and other concrete slabs.

The traditional solution to this problem used to be mud jacking. This is a technique used to repair and lift concrete slabs that have settled by using a mortar-based mix pumped below the slab to lift it to a level position. The mortar-based mixture is referred to as mud or slurry. A hole is drilled in the concrete slab and the slurry is pumped below the concrete.

While mud jacking offered a temporary fix for concrete settlement, over time, many flaws with this process were uncovered – particularly that the weight of the mixture would eventually cause more slab settlement.

Tar Heel Basement Systems offers a fast, effective, and less invasive approach to concrete leveling with PolyRenewal®. The PolyRenewal® system involves injecting an expanding polymer foam under the concrete for a durable, long-lasting solution. If you’re interested in learning about what PolyRenewal® can do for you, call us for a free estimate in Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point, Lexington and nearby.

This Yadkinville, NC home has a large concrete porch that wraps around the house. Over time, the porch’s concrete slab settled, or sunk, nearly 2 inches. Tar Heel Basement Systems used their state-of-the-art PolyRenewal System to lift and stabilize the porch in less than one day. The expanding polyurethane is injected beneath the sinking concrete through a penny-sized drilled hole to fill the void and lift the slab.
This beautiful Mocksville, NC home had a brick porch that had settled over the years and was now becoming a noticeable hazard when entering and exiting the home. Tar Heel Basement Systems was able to completely raise and level the porch by using PolyRenewal, a high-density polyurethane foam that is lightweight and waterproof, giving this porch a fresh look!
The homeowners of this Fleetwood, NC residence were aware of the liability and trip hazard their sinking slab had become over the years. With a two-inch difference in height of the slab, they needed to have this problem corrected without major disruption to their yard and landscaping. Tar Heel Basement Systems used the PolyRenewal method to stabilize and raise the sinking slab. A small (penny-sized) hole was drilled below the slab and a two-part polyurethane foam was injected. The void causing the settlement was filled and the slab was raised, creating safe and even … Continue readingSinking Sidewalk in Fleetwood, NC Restored with PolyRenewal »
The sinking slab at this Abingdon, VA residence was a long term problem that could no longer be covered up with D.I.Y. patching. After several attempts at fixing the sinking porch themselves, the homeowner’s called Tar Heel Basement Systems for professional guidance. The PolyRenewal Team stabilized the soil under the slab and lifted the slab back to the original height using high-density foam called, PolyRenewal. Unlike mud jacking or total concrete replacement, no destruction was done to the property or … Continue readingAbingdon, VA – Sinking Slab Porch Raised with PolyRenewal »
The Abingdon, VA driveway had settled five inches throughout the recent years, causing difficulty when entering the garage. Needing to have the problem fixed without major disruption to the driveway, the homeowners called Tar Heel Basement Systems. Using the PolyRenewal method to restore the slab, the installation team was able to lift the sinking driveway in just a day, without any disruption to the property. The two-part polyurethane foam was injected beneath the slab, filling the void and raising the … Continue readingSinking Driveway Restored in Abingdon, VA »
The carport at this Lenoir, NC home started to settle over a decade ago, but recently the problem was becoming progressively worse. The homeowners wanted to have the problem addressed immediately by a professional. Tar Heel Basement Systems lifted the slab floor of the carport and successfully reattached the brick veneer along the wall by using PolyRewenal. The lightweight polyurethane foam was injected under the slab through small, penny-sized holes; leaving no trace of disruption to the property.
Tar Heel Basement Systems restored the sinking sidewalk using, PolyRenewal, an innovative solution to unlevel or sinking concrete. The two-part polyurethane foam is injected beneath the slab through a penny-sized hole. The failed soil is compressed, filling the void beneath and raising the slab back to the appropriate level. Installed in just half a day, the Hudson, NC homeowners were able to use their sidewalk within just 30 minutes after the installation!
The curved, concrete driveway in Morganton, NC had begun to sink so severely that the slab had completely separated from the curb. The settling area was not only causing issues with the drain grate in the driveway, but it was also an eyesore. Tar Heel Basement Systems restored and lifted the sinking slab by using the PolyRenewal System. The lightweight polyurethane foam was injected under the slab to lift and permanently stabilize the sidewalk and driveway.
This Marion, NC carport was sinking over the years. Within the last year the problem became increasingly worse, causing rain water to pool up just by the home’s entrance door. Tar Heel Basement Systems lifted and restored the sinking slab by injecting a two-part structural grade foam beneath the carport called PolyRenewal. The expanding foam stabilized the soil beneath the slab, allowing the carport to raise back to the appropriate level in half a day. The homeowners were able to … Continue readingMarion, NC- Carport Slab Repair »
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department had a sinking slab for years that was becoming a safety concern. Tar Heel Basement Systems raised the sinking slab using a waterproof, high-density polyurethane foam called PolyRenewal. No disruption was done to the sidewalk or landscape surrounding it. The once sinking slab has now been stabilized and lifted.

Why mud jacking is an inferior solution

Repairing concrete steps in Greensboro, NC and VA

The concrete steps in this photo have suffered severe settling and have completely separated from the foundation.

Mud jacking can be effective for heavy structures, especially when used in conjunction with slab piers. However, it should not be used as a solution to lifting a footing or floor slab that has settled. Most of the time mud jacking will not be able to lift the slab and heavy partition walls sitting on top of it. We highly recommend slab piers be used instead in this situation.

If mud jacking does manage to lift the concrete slab, it is difficult to control as mud jacking lifts walls unevenly. This type of solution is temporary at best. Even with filled voids, the soil below the concrete slab will probably continue to sink over time. You will eventually have to call back a contractor to repeat the process again.

PolyRenewal® is a much lighter material that expands and lifts concrete slabs through much smaller injection holes. It outclasses old mud jacking techniques in every way, and offers a more permanent solution to your concrete slab settlement needs.

Tar Heel Basement Systems is Greater Greensboro’s trusted concrete leveling contractor. Schedule an estimate to learn more about why PolyRenewal® is our top choice for repairing sunken driveways, sidewalks and more! We service Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point, Lexington, Lenoir, Mount Airy, Statesville, Bristol, Boone, Taylorsville, Abingdon and areas nearby.