Mudjacking Our Driveway

When we bought our house, one of the problems we knew we would need to address was the tripping hazard caused by a driveway and sidewalk that had settled. This picture shows where the sidewalk and driveway meet.


Mudjacking an Uneven Driveway |


Critters were even living under the driveway- we’d sometimes see a ground squirrel scurry into the washed out area next to the flower bed.


Driveway washout- before mudjacking |


At the other end of the sidewalk, the stairs had started to pull away from the front porch.


Mud Jacking to raise the steps |


Fast forward to this summer, a few years later…. After talking to a few concrete people to make sure there weren’t any underlying issues like sink holes, we were assured that mudjacking would remedy the situation.

The guys from A1 Concrete Leveling came out and drilled holes in the driveway and along the sidewalk. They also had to cut between the two sections of driveway where it had sunk in order to keep the concrete from binding and breaking off in chunks as it was lifted. Next, they pumped concrete into the holes until the driveway sections and the sidewalk were lifted and level.


Concrete Leveling |


They caulked the seams, grouted the steps, and did a really nice job of cleaning up the concrete dust. The whole process took a few hours- much less time, hassle, and expense than ripping out and repouring the driveway.


Mud Jacking Results |


Not exactly a fun thing to spend money on, but it was necessary for safety reasons. Not the type of “pretty” or diy project I usually share, either, but I thought you might be interested in the process, in case you ever have settling issues with your driveway.


Steps after concrete leveling |


A1 Concrete Leveling hasn’t paid me for a review, doesn’t even know I’m writing this. We chose them because they gave us a detailed “map” of exactly where they would drill and pump, a good warranty, and a comparable bid to others we had obtained.

But don’t you just hate spending money on non-fun, but necessary projects?




  1. Looks great! I do this for a living and it looks like your company did a great job. My company does it with polyurethane foam which sets immediately and requires smaller holes in the concrete. Either way, like you said, it is not something you enjoy paying for but the benefits are really nice!

  2. Until I read this post I had never even heard of this. Was it very expensive?

    • Maude, it was around $1600 for this project- I’m sure it depends on how much cement they have to pump and how big an area they have to cover. Not cheap by any means, but less expensive than tearing out the driveway and redoing. And a lot quicker!

  3. A-M E N! But it IS one of those necessary evils.
    I was checking on that very issue for my mother’s driveway, but they don’t sing the praises of this particular answer in a midwest state. You know–winters.
    btw–luv the stacked stone steps and flagstone!

  4. New to your site…but it IS money well spent to have a safe and well kept entryway to your lovely home :0)

  5. Thanks Shelia for sharing. I have seen many driveways and sidewalks that need this and now I will be able to tell them one of their remedies without having to tear it out and replace. Yes we all have to spend money on necessary things but in the long run it is worth it. I have boards in the roof rafters that need to be reinforced! Not fun but necessary and no where near cosmetic!! Yours looks great~~

  6. Ugh story of my finical life is spending money on non fun stuff, but it does make it look prettier by being fixed and safety is worth the cash.

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