How Much Does Concrete Leveling Cost?
Most homeowners spend between $598 to $892 nationally.
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Major foundation problems are expensive and dangerous. Over time, the ground underneath your home's concrete slab occasionally gives way due to tree root growth, flooding and other factors beyond your control. When this happens, your concrete slab can be at risk of cracking and crumbling. Therefore, the best way to avoid costly foundation repairs is to level the concrete.
Continue reading to see the average mudjacking costs near you. As always, if you need a pro right away, ImproveNet can connect you with the best concrete contractors in your town.
National Level Concrete Slabs Costs
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|National Average Cost||$825|
|Average Range||$598 to $892|
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Table of Contents
- Mudjacking Cost
- Concrete Leveling Cost Factors
- Slab Jacking Options
- When To Level Your Concrete
- Concrete Jacking Considerations
- Where Can You Mudjack?
- DIY Or Hire A Pro?
- Find A Concrete Contractor
Despite dealing with concrete, the cost of mudjacking is much less than most fear. While the cost can certainly vary, based on factors mentioned below, most homeowners spend between $600 and $900, with the average concrete leveling cost coming in at $825.
Compared to other related foundation project prices, mudjacking costs are relatively minor.
Concrete Leveling Cost Factors
While the cement leveling cost range is small, there are scenarios where some homeowners have to pay more than others. Below are some of the price factors that could affect your final concrete leveling price. You may not be able to control all of them, but you will have to make a few important decisions.
- Size of Hole or Crack: Oftentimes, a slab is not level due to a hole or crack underneath the ground. Some cracks are large and some are small. Naturally, smaller holes are easier and cost less to fix.
- Access: Certain cracks are further down the foundation and others are right near a tree root. While a mason can get to almost any concrete crack, some are easier to access than others. In turn, those projects cost less.
- Location: Some regions are more expensive than others. Likewise, if there are no local concrete contractors, a pro may have to travel farther, increasing your concrete delivery cost. Sadly, this raises your mudjacking cost.
- Leveling Option: With almost all concrete leveling projects, you have two options: mudjacking and foam leveling. We’ll get into specifics later, but just know that mudjacking is cheaper.
- Materials: For polylevel jacking, or foam leveling, you’ll need the foam, which costs about $20/sf. For traditional concrete leveling, your pro will of course need tools to access the hole as well as concrete. Concrete costs range between $5/sf and $11/sf.
- Labor: Concrete leveling projects will likely take somewhere between one and five hours to complete. Concrete contractors charge by the hour. Experienced pros may charge up to $500/hour while younger, less experienced pros may charge $200/hour. As always, this is why you should always get multiple quotes for any concrete jacking project.
Slab Jacking Options
Noted above, the cost to level a concrete floor will largely depend on the tactic you choose. Below are the basic procedures for each tactic, its costs and the primary difference between the two:
The traditional and more popular way to level your concrete slab is through mudjacking. In short, the mason will drill holes in your concrete and pump extra concrete around the cracked area until the surface is flat. It’s very similar to raising a foundation, but you’re just raising a particular area that is sagging.
The cost of mudjacking is cheaper than foam leveling, mainly due to materials. Concrete costs less than polyurethane, the primary material for foam leveling. Additionally, while mudjacking is a bit harder to accomplish compared to foam leveling, it’s still much easier and less time-consuming than a full foundation replacement.
On the down side, mudjacking is a bit more invasive than foam leveling, as the pro will have to drill more holes. Furthermore, mudjacking is not ideal if you’re working under a load-bearing wall.
Just like mudjacking, if you opt for foam leveling, the mason or foundation pro will drill holes around the crack. Then, instead of injecting concrete, they inject polyurethane into the ground with a tremendous amount of pressure. Under ground, the foam expands and lifts your foundation until it’s flat again.
Since the foam itself is more expensive than concrete, most polyurethane projects cost more than mudjacking projects. However, polyurethane lasts longer than concrete, saving you money in the long run. Polyurethane also settles faster than concrete. And finally, you can use foam leveling under any surface, no matter how much weight it’s holding above.
When To Level Your Concrete
Timing is key with all foundation projects. Unlike a faulty light bulb, your unstable concrete will only get worse as times goes on. Homeowners should always level concrete sooner rather than later. Furthermore, it will also become more expensive over time, so it’s best to get any cracking or holes repaired as soon as possible.
The warning signs of an uneven foundation are sometimes obvious and sometimes, not so obvious. Of course, if you see large cracks in your concrete, you have an issue. However, if floors become uneven (do the marble test!) or you’re all of a sudden having an issue closing doors, you need to jack up your concrete. When you start to see multiple signs related to a curbed foundation, it’s best to call a pro for a free estimate.
Concrete Jacking Considerations
Luckily, mudjacking is never dangerous for your home. While it can certainly help more in certain situations, it’s rarely a bad idea to level your cement or foundation.
However, there are some scenarios where a foundation repair is preferred or when mudjacking is simply not possible.
First and foremost, both mudjacking and foam leveling is intended for concrete foundations. If you have steel beams below your foundation, mudjacking won’t really help.
Next, as we stated above, concrete leveling gets a bit tricky when it comes to load-bearing walls. Even if you opt for foam leveling, the soil or area below the crack will not 100% stabilize. Therefore, the problem could reoccur in a few years.
Finally, if you’ve already foam jacked or mudjacked your foundation, the second or third time around may not work as well. You get to a point of diminishing returns. After the 2nd or third try, you need to consider more extensive foundation or concrete projects.
Where Can You Mudjack?
As you tell from above, the most common area to level concrete is right below your concrete foundation. As you might expect, this is also the biggest mudjacking project there is. However, there are other areas inside and outside the home where concrete leveling is not only possible, but also recommended.
Below are other areas where mudjacking and foam leveling is possible:
- Basement floors
- Pool decks
- Interior floors
DIY Or Hire A Pro?
While we highly encourage homeowners to step outside of their comfort zones, do it yourself concrete leveling is never recommended. Such work requires heavy-duty tools and a great level of expertise, which is why homeowners should consider hiring a professional concrete slab leveling company with plenty of experience doing this type of work.
Find A Concrete Contractor
Slab leveling may sound like a demanding and extensive project. However, as you can see from the average mudjacking costs above, experienced pros can repair your foundation for less than $1,000. Therefore, if your foundation isn’t level, now is the time to call a pro.
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Last updated on Nov 27, 2017