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Concrete Repair

August 30th, 2011 Concrete, Repair

Concrete Repair is a service that requires experience to get the job done right. As with other jobs, things go better when the customer has an understanding of the process and the expected outcome. Learning about the service you need performed, will help you ask the right questions when you are receiving bids on a job. Numbers do matter; but getting the job done correctly, the first time, will keep you on time and on budget.

The first questions you need to ask, are about the processes involved with concrete repair. You need to make sure the concrete contractors you’re communicating with understand the preparation and finishing processes involved. An example case would be the repair of a minor crack in a concrete slab, the very first thing they should tell you to do is inspect the cracking pattern for signs of upheaval, settlement or shrinkage. Based on the inspection, a concrete contractor could only then begin to properly repair the crack in the concrete floor.

If you get short answers, and vague responses you might consider contacting another company. Not only does a concrete contractor have to be proficient with their job, they also need to understand the importance of customer service. If they value your project, they will take the time to expand on any questions you might have.

One Response to “Concrete Repair”

  • 3BroMasonry [ 14Sep11]

    When we are called on a job to repair concrete, we like to explain to our clients why it is their concrete needed to be repaired. This way they can maintain their concrete for a longer period of time by protecting the weaknesses of concrete. With mother nature being the biggest enemy of concrete, there are some very simple ways to prevent disastrous results.

    Continuous exposure to flowing water or rain can erode the concrete, the same way it does stones in a river. Rain can also cause unsettling in the foundation by super saturating the soil causing the cement structure to buckle. Another hazard to your concrete is the oxidation process which causes the calcium hydroxide in your concrete to turn into calcium carbonate (better known as chalk). With the ever growing popularity of indoor concrete, the infestation of anaerobic bacteria is an ever present hazard to your concrete. Bacteria such as the plaque on your teeth can take hold in the porous holes of the concrete’s exterior and are invisible to the human eye. They survive by drawing out the mineral nutrients from the concrete and damages the overall strength of the structure. Our recommendation to prevent the slow erosion and deterioration of your concrete, to use quality chemical admixtures and a water resistant paint or sealant.

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