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Old 01-27-2019, 04:27 PM   #1
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Filling voids under concrete pool deck


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How would you recommend filling voids under a concrete deck?

The earth under our concrete deck, which surrounds our swimming pool, has settled from the middle of the deck toward the pool wall. So the walls of the swimming pool are supporting the inside part of the deck while the earth is supporting the outside part of the deck.

I just want to fill these voids to avoid possible sinking or cracking of the deck.

1) Would you just wash in a sand/mortar mix? This may help some but I don't see it offering a lot of support because there is no way of compacting it.

2) Would you fill with concrete as with mudjacking? This would be expensive to do the entire deck and concrete shrinks, so I don't know if that is really viable either.

3) Would you use poly foam? This seems the best option but where do you buy for a DIY?



I have two 16in x 16in holes cut into the deck at the moment where I added some water features. I am just contemplating placing some concrete pads under the deck at these holes for support. I will then fill the holes with mortar/concrete. I won't be able to fill all the voids but I will in essence be creating pillars for the deck. Of course I will have to do this all the way around my deck but seem my only viable DIY alternative?



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Old 01-27-2019, 05:00 PM   #2
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If you want it to be comprehensive and fully supported, mud jacking (or similar confined space filling via a proper rig is going to be your best bet.
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For the problem you describe the guy's that do mud jacking are the ones that will use foam instead of grout to fill the void, best to check with them though as some use it and some die hards don't.



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Hello and thanks for the replies!


Yes, yes. I know what mud-jacking and poly foam are I just wanted to know if anyone had done such as a DIY?


One company that uses poly foam won't touch my deck because they do not want the liability in case the foam were to push my pool sides inward. Their method is to see 1/10 rise minimum as that tells them all voids are filled.



Another company that uses poly foam is scheduled to look at my deck late next week. I will also call a few other companies that specialize in mud-jacking.


My problem is that I think all of them are going to be to expensive. We just spent 7k for pool repairs and a new liner so I do not have another 2K to spend on our concrete deck at this time which doesn't require immediate attention anyhow. If it were only $700.00 or so then I'll jump on it but I don't see it.



If I could do it as DIY project then I could simply do some now and more later. I could eventually finish everything in a year or so.



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That is not a DIY project as specialized equipment is involved.
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That is not a DIY project as specialized equipment is involved.
Yes, specialized equipment is required IF you are interested in jacking up the concrete.


I just want to fill the voids without jacking anything up. I've spoke with one company that uses the poly foam (2 part) which has to be heated and mixed at 150 degrees. However, you could just simply pour it into a void if desired.


Again, the question is whether anyone has done such as a DIY?


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If you just want to fill voids, sand and water and repeat until full.
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core drill some 2" holes & pour in grout,,, it will flow & settle out,,, repeat the next day & more til the voids are filled,,, be patient,,, if impatient, buy 1 from kenrich.com
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Re: Filling voids under concrete pool deck


Thanks and I am considering some advice given.


I may be able to pack in a sand/mortar mix some two to three feet around my concrete cutouts. I could then place the concrete pads in and fill the holes with non shrink mortar. So this will give me some quick and excellent support in areas that most need it without breaking the bank.


I can then drill or cut more holes into the concrete and pump the rest with mortar as stadry suggested. That could be a done over a period of time but eventually the entire slab will benefit.


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