If you know you’re going to be pouring some new concrete or asphalt for a driveway or patio, it’s important to choose the right time of year to complete the project. The rainy season here in Texas isn’t particularly conducive to getting concrete work done, because rainfall can wreak havoc on freshly poured concrete and asphalt.
Here’s what you should know about why it’s important to perform concrete pouring in Lufkin, TX before the rainy season begins.
Avoiding rainfall after concrete pouring
The thunderstorms and rainfall that occur during the late summer and fall in Texas can destroy a fresh concrete pour. Rainwater can cause the new surfaces to soften, decreasing their resistance to abrasion and their overall strength. This can result in dusting and cracking developing on the surface.
If you hope to prevent damage to the surface, then, you must choose the right time to install it, and also perform the proper steps for preparation. If a storm does begin, you’ll need to have a protective enclosure set up around the work site, made out of wood and plastic sheeting. If you don’t have that protection available, you’ll need to let the rain pass, then push the surface water off the slab before finishing the project you’re working on. Never, ever work the rainwater into the fresh surface, or put dry cement on the wet surface in the hope that it will soak up the rainwater that’s sitting there.
While it is definitely in your best interest to get the job done before rain begins, rainfall during a concrete pour does not mean your project is automatically going to be doomed. It really depends on the stage of curing your concrete is in. If the rainfall happens within about two to four hours after mixing and it’s still fresh, the surface will need to be protected from the rain. If the finishing process was completed, rainwater might not cause any damage as long as it’s not worked into the surface and workers do not touch the slab. If the concrete is already stiff enough where the grooving and grinding process is ready (usually four to eight hours after mixing), then damage from rainfall shouldn’t be a concern.
If a rainstorm does occur, be sure to assess the damage to the concrete once it passes. This can help you determine if there were any defects that were formed. You can use a screwdriver to perform scratch tests to determine whether the hardness in any areas of the slabs were compromised. There are some remedies available to repair the concrete before moving forward.
In general, though, it’s in your best interest to get these jobs done before the rainy season poses problems with scheduling work. For more information about the effect rainstorms can have on concrete pouring in Lufkin, TX and why you should make sure you get the job done at the ideal time of the year, we encourage you to contact the team at Brown’s Paving and Excavation today.
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