The Hidden Costs of Short-Term Foundation Repairs

Your home's foundation is one of the most important parts of the structure. It supports the weight of the building and helps to keep it stable. When foundation problems arise, the desire to do anything it takes to fix it quickly is understandable, and many will offer short-term solutions like “mudjacking” that are technically sound in their methods of repair. These solutions get the job done, but, as this article will discuss, they come with real long-term consequences compared to longer-lasting, noninvasive solutions like URETEK’s high-density polyurethane foam repair method. 

The Fundamentals of Foundation Repair Solutions

Cementitious grouting, or “mudjacking,” is a common method of foundation repair that involves injecting a slurry of cement and soil beneath a foundation to lift it back into place. It’s quick and straightforward fix that can applied by many local contractors.

But mudjacking often leads to a host of problems down the road. Over time, the slurry can shrink and settle, causing the foundation to shift and settle once again. This can lead to further damage and require additional repairs down the road.

Additionally, mudjacking can be messy and disruptive. The process involves drilling holes in your foundation, injecting the slurry, and then patching up the holes. This can be time-consuming and can leave your property in disarray.

URETEK offers an alternative. Unlike mudjacking, URETEK uses a high-density polyurethane foam to lift and stabilize foundations. The foam is injected beneath the foundation, where it expands to fill any voids and lift the foundation back into place.

The foam is designed to be durable and long-lasting, providing a permanent fix for your foundation issues. This can save you money in the long run by avoiding the need for additional repairs down the road. Furthermore, it’s a non-invasive solution that requires minimal disruption to your property. We don’t leave behind messy patches of cement.

The Pitfalls of Quick Foundation Fixes

Choosing a short-term solution like mudjacking can have serious consequences for your property. In addition to the problems mentioned above, mudjacking can lead to a range of hidden costs over time.

One of the biggest hidden costs of mudjacking is the potential for further damage to your foundation. As the slurry settles and shifts over time, it can cause your foundation to shift and settle once again. This can lead to cracks, leaks, and other types of damage that can be expensive to repair.

Another hidden cost of mudjacking is the impact on your property value. If a property fixed with URETEK loses value, it won’t be because of its foundation. The high-density foam involved in our process has a longer lifespan and leads to a more stable foundation. Be reassured that a foundation issue won’t arise when it’s time to sell the property.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

While choosing the right foundation repair solution is important, it's also important to maintain your foundation over time. Regular maintenance can help to prevent foundation issues from arising in the first place, saving you money and hassle in the long run.

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your foundation is to keep an eye out for warning signs of problems. These may include cracks in your foundation or walls, uneven floors, or doors and windows that stick or don't close properly. If you notice any of these issues, it's important to contact a professional foundation repair company right away.

In addition to watching for warning signs, there are several things you can do to maintain your foundation over time. For example, you can make sure that your gutters are clean and functioning properly to prevent water from pooling around your foundation. You can also make sure that the soil around your foundation is sloped away from the building to prevent water from accumulating.

Regular maintenance can also include periodic inspections by a professional foundation repair company. An expert can assess the condition of your foundation and recommend any necessary repairs or maintenance.


Your home's foundation is one of the most important parts of your property. Regular maintenance is essential to prevent foundation issues from arising in the first place. By keeping an eye out for warning signs and maintaining your foundation over time, you can protect your investment and ensure the stability of your property for years to come. And for the long-term oriented, when it comes time to make a repair, choosing the right solution is crucial. URETEK’s solution is non-invasive, long-lasting, and cost-effective. 

For more on what makes the URETEK Deep Injection Process the best long-term foundation repair option available, visit Our Process page.



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