Professional Concrete Repair Services in Boise, Meridian, and Garden City, Idaho

The concrete around our homes – driveways, patios, pool decks and sidewalks – should enhance our quality of life. But when it cracks, settles or becomes uneven, suddenly you can be forced to deal with issues such as pooling water, uneven surfaces and potentially dangerous trip hazards. And, cracked concrete just plain looks bad, lowering the value of your home.

The good news is, thanks to the latest technology and techniques Mr. Mudd Concrete Corp can lift, level , seal  and protect  concrete, so that it looks great and works as it should for many years into the future. This not only helps maintain your home’s value, but also improves your quality of life, and, most importantly, restores your peace of mind.

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Causes

Why Concrete Fails

Concrete is pretty amazing stuff. It can be poured, shaped and made into just about anything you like. But even though it’s incredibly strong, it’s not indestructible. So, when you see cracked concrete or a driveway or patio that has sunken or broken slabs or is pitted, flaked and stained, there are reasons why these things happen. Read on to learn more about what causes these issues, or contact the experienced professionals at Mr. Mudd for all your concrete repair Boise, Meridian, and Garden City, Idaho needs.

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What Lies Beneath

When your home was built, the contractor likely moved the soil around the building site resulting in poorly compacted soil. And even when it is compacted well, it’s never as stable as the original soil. Over time, this can cause voids to form and slabs to settle.

Another cause of soil failure is drought. During dry conditions or even just during periods of warm weather and low precipitation, the soil under your concrete will dry out and shrink, creating voids. The concrete above eventually cracks and sinks into these empty spaces; especially if any weight is placed on it.

When the rains return, the water has an even easier pathway under the slab due to cracks and crevices left over from the dry period. And this wet, soft soil is just too weak to support the concrete above it. In the worst case, the soil erodes and washes away completely, leaving behind large voids that cannot support the weight of the concrete above.

Pitting, Flaking and Staining

Moisture is concrete’s strongest enemy. It seeps into the pores of untreated concrete, and when temperatures drop, especially during freeze-thaw cycles, that trapped moisture expands as it turns to ice. This expansion destroys the pores and weakens the concrete. This results in concrete slabs that can pit and flake. Concrete’s porous nature also makes it susceptible to staining when left untreated.

Street Creep

As a homeowner, you don’t just have to worry about your own concrete slabs; you should be concerned with the slabs that make up the street that goes past your house.

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During colder months, your street’s slabs contract, opening up the joints between them. Those joints then become filled with pebbles and other debris. Then, when the warm weather returns, the slabs expand again — only the joints that were designed to absorb this expansion are now filled with material that won’t compress. This leaves the expansion pressure nowhere to go except up your driveway. This “street creep,” as it is known, exerts incredible pressure on your home and can cause all sorts of problems.

Cracked and sunken concrete isn’t the end of the world, however. With the right technology and the right know-how, it can be lifted and leveled , so that it can be enjoyed as it was meant to be.

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Repairing Cracked Concrete

Cracked concrete happens when part of a concrete slab breaks and sinks into underlying soil that has compressed or washed away . These cracks aren’t just unsightly; they offer moisture a way to seep beneath the slab. This can cause the underlying soil to soften or even wash away completely. That in turn can cause the slab to crack further as sinks into the void left by the washed-away soil.

To prevent moisture from seeping into the soil beneath, those cracks need to be sealed, as do the control joints that were cut between the slabs when they were first poured. While you could seal them with urethane caulk found at your local big-box DIY store, that is a solution that is prone to cracking, bubbling and drying out over time. Which means you’ll likely be sealing them again… and sooner than you thought.

The NexusPro Solution

Thankfully, fixing cracks in concrete has never been easier, thanks to a breakthrough in technology only available from Mr. Mudd Concrete Corp and other concrete repair contractors in the Supportworks network.

NexusPro is a silicone-based sealant for joints and cracks specially formulated to provide long-lasting flexibility and to stand up to harsh weather conditions. Unlike traditional polyurethane sealants, NexusPro resists UV rays, which means it won't crack, bubble or dry out. That means a single application can seal the joints and cracks in your concrete driveway, patio, pool deck or sidewalk for years to come, protecting it from damage caused by soil compaction and washout.

Quick to Install, Quick to Cure

The NexusPro solution is installed by a highly trained crew that specializes in concrete repair and protection. First, the cracks are drilled, smoothed and prepared with non-absorbent backer rod filler. Then, the NexusPro sealant is inserted in the prepared crack or control joint. Finally, the cracks are detailed with a thin lair of native sand, giving the concrete a uniform, finished appearance. And, of course, sealed concrete cracks mean no unsightly weeds growing through.

NexusPro Advantages

  • Not affected by extreme temperatures
  • Long-lasting and durable
  • Can be installed year-round
  • Resistant to UV rays to prevent drying, cracking and bubbling
  • Cures in just 60 minutes (compared with 24-72 hours for urethane-based products)
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Cracked Concrete FAQS

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Is NexusPro expensive?

NexusPro is actually quite cost-effective because it offers a solution that is long-lasting, unlike the urethane-based products available at big-box DIY stores that must be replaced regularly.