How to Detect Rain Damage in Your Concrete

July 17, 2019 11:02 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Concrete is used in a wide variety of construction applications because of its outstanding durability and strength. However, even despite its durability, concrete will deteriorate over time when there are changes in the atmosphere, design or application errors or other damage done to the finished concrete. When you notice signs of wear and tear in the concrete, it is important to address them quickly so you can prevent more significant damage and wear from occurring.

An excessive amount of rainwater and moisture is one common cause of concrete deterioration. You should be certain to inspect your concrete areas after a rainfall to check and see if there are any potential hazards that could pose a long-term issue for your concrete.

Here are just a few examples of some things you should watch out for in searching for rain damage to your concrete. A concrete contractor in Lufkin, TX can provide you with more tips.

Look where the water is heading

The flow of the water and where it ends up is important to consider. Ideally, you’ll see water running off toward storm sewers and drains, not toward other areas on your property. This is especially true for areas on your concrete that are not sheltered at all, and thus will be constantly exposed to rain. You can’t prevent all forms of deterioration, just because the rain is going to eat away at that concrete over time when it falls, but you can at least control where the water heads once it’s fallen. You don’t want it standing in place (more on this later).

Look for existing cracks and other damage or deterioration

Even the highest quality concrete is going to experience some cracking. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of damage. Not all damage requires you to replace your concrete—in some cases you can get by just fine by resurfacing or patching up parts of the concrete. But obviously, the larger the crack or hole, the larger the problem you’re going to have on your hands.

Beware of standing water!

Obviously, you can’t prevent your concrete from getting wet. However, you need to beware of issues with puddles or standing water on your concrete. The longer water sits in an area, the more damage it can do to concrete surfaces through erosion. This is how potholes start to form. The problem becomes even worse if the water pools right around the foundation of your property. Over time, water that seeps down to a concrete foundation could cause cracks to start forming in the walls or the foundation to shift. The last thing you want to have to deal with as a homeowner is foundation issues, as these quickly become extremely costly and complicated to repair.

Check for signs of dusting

If you’ve had recent hail or rain on newly hardened concrete, there’s a chance you’ll notice dust starting to form on the surface of the concrete. This powdery substance develops as a result of a weak surface layer of concrete, a mix that has too much water and a rapid surface drying time. In this situation, you may need to resurface to fix the issue.

For more information about rain damage in concrete, or to schedule an appointment with our experienced concrete contractors in Lufkin, TX, reach out to Brown’s Paving and Excavation today.

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