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Most people understand what concrete damages mean. When slabs begin cracking and sinking, you know it’s time for repairs. But one of the biggest dilemmas is whether to use mudjacking or foundation repair. Although both methods are used to repair damaged slabs, each method is used for different kinds of repairs, and will only work with its specific set of problems. In this article is described the different situations where mudjacking and foundation repair are ideal.


Mudjacking is ideal for smaller jobs such as raising porches, steps, and other small concrete surfaces. A solution consisting of cement and other materials is injected through 2″ holes drilled into the concrete and it expands, which raises the falling slab back into place. It is a cost-effective solution to smaller jobs and is a relatively mess-free process.

When to Use

If you notice cracks in concrete porches, stairs, walkways, garage floors, sidewalks or other small concrete surfaces, mudjacking is most likely the best way to fix the problem. More about mudjacking at Scout: The Dirt on Mudjacking.

Cracked brick foundationFoundation Repair

Foundation repair using helical or driven piles is what restores structures to a level position. Whereas mudjacking uses a solution to raise smaller slabs, foundation repair uses piers or piles and places them beneath a foundation. This method of repairing is used to lift sinking foundations and sustain structures permanently.

When to Use

Foundation damage can manifest itself in many forms, but there are several common signs that usually indicate your foundation might be compromised. Cracks in the brick, internal sheetrock and around doors or windows, uneven or sloping floors, and misaligned doors or windows are all signs that you might have foundation damage. If you see any of these or similar problems, foundation repair is the solution.