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Concrete Problems That Concrete Contractors Should Know

Apr 5

While concrete can enhance the beauty of a project, it is not perfect. The material can develop some problems due to processes, improper maintenance, or certain weather conditions. While it's important to understand some of the most common problems associated with concrete, most can be easily solved. Here are some common examples. These issues often affect a concrete slab. Identifying these issues will help you make the best decisions regarding the installation of concrete in your home or business.

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In the early days after the concrete has been poured, it has liquid properties. These properties mean that pouring it without a level surface will cause it to sink. This is a common problem in new concrete. It's important to take extra care when pouring concrete to prevent this problem from occurring. In addition to cracks, this material can also crack due to weather changes. While this may not seem serious at first, cracks can lead to major problems in the future.

If the raw materials used aren't the right ones, then the concrete will not be durable. The wrong ratio of the raw materials can lead to various problems. While shortcuts can save money and time, they can result in poor quality and brittle concrete. These types of concrete are vulnerable to breakage and require special attention. The following tips can help you choose the best contractor for your project.

Bug holes: Among the most common concrete problems, bugs may be one of the most annoying. These are small holes, about 0.25 inches in diameter, that show up on the surface. These are caused by either too much sand in the mix or too lean mixture. In the worst case, they are also the result of excessive vibrations during the placement process. While they may not seem significant to the average homeowner, they can cause major issues in the durability of concrete.

Cracking is another common problem with concrete. This is a natural occurrence but should be considered an indicator that your project is nearing its end. Spalling is a more severe condition of a concrete problem and requires a professional to assess the situation. This type of damage can occur with the wrong type of materials, as it can be expensive to repair a building. However, if you're hiring a concrete contractor for a large-scale job, make sure to get a professional opinion to ensure the project will be done right.

Scaling is another common problem with concrete. This occurs when the concrete surface degrades 1.5 to five millimeters in the first year. The good news is that it's easy to prevent, especially if you know what to look for in a professional contractor. The best way to do this is to consult a professional and find out what's causing the problem. This way, you can prevent the issue before it becomes too advanced.

Some of the most common problems with concrete are caused by poor installation. These are signs of poor installation. The material may be uneven, or it may be a little too thick for your application. It may be too soft, or it could even be too hard for you to walk on it. Regardless of the cause, improperly-installed concrete will cause discoloration. The most effective method is to avoid this problem by specifying structural tolerance levels with the ready-mix supplier.

During the construction process, concrete can develop many problems. For example, water-soluble sulfate can cause the concrete to break apart, resulting in cracks. Those cracks may also appear on the surface, and the problem is most likely to be in the interior. Luckily, the majority of these problems are not serious, and problem is not too difficult to repair. The process is slow, but it's essential to avoid a leaky concrete slab.

Crushing - While this problem is often a purely cosmetic issue, it can be a structural problem as well. Efflorescence is a white crystal-like substance that appears on the surface of a concrete slab, and it can be a sign that your concrete is weak. The thickness of the material depends on the weight of the concrete on your property. For example, thicker concrete will support heavier traffic.

 

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