How Much Does Mudjacking Cost?
Mudjacking is a method used for construction where a depressed slab is raised by boring holes in selected areas and pumping in liquid asphalt or some type grout.
For those who have uneven slabs of concrete, this is a process that is cost effective and can even make the slabs look like new again.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of mudjacking will vary depending on the geographical area, materials being used, contractor and project complexity. Due to the machinery and the gas to get to a job site, most companies are going to charge a minimum of at least $150 to $250 for mudjacking, regardless of the job size. To price it by the square foot, it could be between $3 to $10.
- Depending on the size of the concrete slab, plan on spending at least $50 to $200 per slab, plus the initial minimum. So if one concrete slab had to be replaced on an average driveway, the costs could be around $200 to $450. However, if two slabs had to be replaced, it could only cost $50 more. As you can see, the more slabs you add, the less you are going to pay per square foot. The average mudjacking job will hover around $600.
- According to Concretejack.com, the overhead on smaller jobs tend to take a large percentage of the mudjacking cost. For instance, the acquisition cost or amount spent in marketing is usually comparable be it in a $450 or $10,000 project. A site visit of $450 worth of work may take 30 minutes of driving and 5 minutes of looking whereas a visit of $10,000 worth may take 30 minutes of driving and 30 minutes of looking.
Raise 2-5 driveway slabs
$200 to $850
Remove and replace 2-4 slabs
$1,300 to $3,500
Raise 1-5 sidewalk sections
$150 to $350
$300 to $1,000
What is going to be included?
- Mudjacking includes the raising of a depressed concrete highway slab or slab-on-grade. Holes are bored at selected locations and then grout or liquid asphalt is pumped in. This can be done on patios, driveways, sidewalks, front stoops and the steps to a home.
- The basic components of the mudjacking process may include job-related costs such as materials, equipment, and labor. This includes driving to the site, providing the materials and equipment, and completing the work.
- Overhead costs for mudjacking usually include insurance, licensing, taxes, administrative, marketing costs. This covers the expenses that come with running a business and is the reason that there is a minimum charge no matter the size of the repair.
- A good contractor will include a warranty that usually lasts 5-10 years.
What are the extra costs?
- Extra costs may be incurred for small jobs. Job-related costs for concrete replacement are generally higher for smaller jobs because of minimums charged by concrete delivery companies. Another example is lifting a single 4’ by 4’ piece of sidewalk at a single family home may cost $500. However, if the same piece of concrete was lifted as part of fixing many trip hazards in an apartment complex, it could be less than $100.
- Extra costs may also be incurred for delivery of materials, rental of equipment, maintenance and repair.
- If the concrete company advises you to get the area replaced rather than trying mudjacking, the costs can be much higher.
Tips to know
- If you have sagging concrete, it is best to get it fixed right away. Failing to do so can lead to excessive water underneath your home’s foundation. If this were to happen, foundation repairs can easily get into the thousands of dollars.
- Concrete with a lot of cracks can be raised; however, some companies may recommend that you completely replace that slab with new concrete.
- Make sure that the contractor offers some sort of guarantee. That way, if the concrete were to sink in the future, you would be covered.
How can I save money?
- There is a good chance that there are a handful of companies in your area that are willing to do this kind of job. With any construction project at home, try your best to get at least three quotes. By doing so, you can be assured that you are getting the best price and contractor.
- Mudjacking is already a cost effective option compared to replacing the entire slab with concrete. Before you even begin the job, ask the contractor if this is the right way to go. If the concrete is too old, some may suggest a replacement.