There are many man-made and even natural causes of concrete damage, so if you are a property owner, having the knowledge on how to prevent it is key. First off, if the concrete was not installed properly to begin with, you will already start out with issues. If the mix has too much moisture, if the seal was done prematurely, or if the joints were improperly constructed, you can expect blisters, crazing, and spalling.
Speaking of spalling, it’s some of the worst concrete damage you can find because, in simple terms, it means when concrete breaks away into smaller pieces. This could be from a variety of different reasons, such as a heavy impact, weathering, and also corrosion. With corrosion, it becomes incredibly tedious because there’s a buildup within the concrete itself, so the most common way to repair this instance is by removing the degraded concrete. It can be a very expensive and frustrating ordeal, which is why you need the right people to deal with it.
Other causes, specifically ones you can find in mother nature, include the freeze-thaw cycle, since it involves introducing moisture into the concrete, which is already bad enough, but when it freezes this also could mean making the concrete expans and crack. Fire is also another natural element that can introduce a lot of damage to this material. Concrete can be affected by flames and lose its strength and elasticity even though for the most part it cannot be “burned”.
While there are a few ways to prevent damage, such as by polish, prepping the surface before starting the job, and making sure your underlying layers are free from substances that could weaken the installation, such as sealers, hardeneers, soil, and curing compounds. If you’re dealing with spalling or concrete cracks in your walkway or path, you are opening yourself up to liability problems, unsafe working and walking conditions, amongst other things.
Fixing concrete damage on your own is not wise, so you should always contact professionals to handle these jobs for you. Whether your concrete path has been struck, cracked, or deteriorated, you can depend on Precision Concrete Cutting to fix your concrete damage efficiently. They can guarantee that their patented cutting technology is the fastest, cleanest, finest, and safest in the industry. They can help you eliminate the risk of liability by providing an effective method for eliminating trip hazards, leaving you with a safe sidewalk. Call 866-792-8006 for an estimate today.
Precision Concrete Cutting offers a far better, and less expensive way than a replacement to fix your sidewalk and walkways bringing them into ADA compliance. Call today to learn how we can cut, shave and smooth out any uneven portion so that they fall into Sidewalk Compliance from the ADA.