Just like icing on the top of a cake, mud pumping is the final layer of work in foundation repair. If we have a contract for a repair job, for a levelling task or we have done some restorative work on the foundations of a building, often the soil consistency below the building would have changed. This is normal because buildings are heavy! If our work has caused even a tiny shift in the weight of the building, then it is natural to assume that the ground beneath it would have been affected by this weight shift. Now, normally, this isn’t something you would tend to notice because foundational structures, like concrete slabs, plug the gap between a building and the ground. But, if you image that the soil consistency has changed, then it is good practice to assume that there might have been a weakening of the foundation at some point.
What is the solution, I hear you ask? Mud pumping. It’s not a glamorous term, it’s not a fancy one either. In fact, it describes quite well the no-nonsense, ‘leave no stone unturned’ approach that we like to take to foundation repair. If we have done some work on your building, the final step in the process will often involve mud pumping. We make sure that there aren’t any voids left in the ground underneath the foundation by pumping a slurry of concrete/ mud mixture into the soil area. The aim is to renew its original consistency and to stop it becoming too moist to hold up a building. If you feel that your building or home might benefit from this kind of treatment then please, don’t hesitate to call us now. Or, if you want to know more about the process, feel free to give us a ring or send us a message (contact details can be found on the website). Alternatively, you can read on here to find out a bit more about what ‘mud pumping’ entails.
How Does It Work?
Well, at League City Foundation Repair, we realise that it is important to be clear on which techniques we plan to use on your house or building. So, if mud pumping is likely to happen, you will know well in advance. One reason why this is important is because, in the event of this process taking place, water faucets should be turned off and all appliances that use water need to be routinely flushed and used to make sure no clogging occurs in damaged pipes below the ground.
The process itself works like this: we setup the system at the most optimal point; pump the solution into the ground under the foundation; wait for it to harden and reduce moisture/ return the soil to its original level; clear away the materials so you can get on with your life! That means the area will be patched with new concrete and left to dry so you can resume normal proceedings asap.