8 Simple Reasons to Repair Your Broken Concrete

Concrete is a sturdy building material that has helped to build homes and businesses as far back as the ancient Egyptians in 3,000 BCE. Despite its incredible age as a building material, it is far from an indestructible substance. While some may think that a few cracks or shifts are not a problem, such notions are quite contrary to the truth. If you or someone you know has even a mild amount of damage in their concrete structures, look over this list of reasons why broken concrete is a problem and then see if they should remain unconcerned.

1- Damaged Concrete Doesn’t Repair Itself, It Only Breaks More.
The longer you decide to leave damaged concrete untreated, the worse the problem will become. As if the continual degradation of the concrete structure were not enough of an incentive, more damage means more repair work and more repair work means more money being spent.

2- It Affect a Property’s Resale Value.
Whenever anyone puts a property up for sale, potential buyers will go over every aspect and feature of that property with a fine-toothed comb. This thoroughness extends to the inspectors those potential investors will hire. Having even one section of broken or damaged concrete will result in a noticeable cut from the money would have made when compared to the same property sold without any damaged concrete.

3- Broken Concrete is a Safety Hazard
Depending on the severity and location of a concrete slab, a crack, fissure or shift can cause problems for anyone passing over it. While the problems with tripping seem obvious in a warehouse or garage environment, especially pronounced cracks and fissures can cause damage to the wheels and undercarriage of vehicles. Any business with cracked flooring is liable for any injuries people suffer from tripping over the problem areas.

4- It Just Looks Bad
Concrete slabs that are pockmarked with depression and cracks are just unpleasant to look at, furthering the second reason on this list.

5- Water Can Pool and Exacerbate the Problem
Even the slightest break in a concrete surface is sufficient for water to slip inside. Anyone who shrugs at the idea of water infiltrating behind and beneath concrete is a person unfamiliar with erosion. Furthermore, seasonal changes can influence the water through the concrete-ice expands as it freezes, resulting in “outgrowths” of dangerously slippery icy patches in cold temperatures. Lastly, if water and moisture have a means of getting through concrete, it also means those forces can infiltrate the other areas of your home or business, attracting mold and vermin and potentially leading to rusted pipes.

6- It Can Warp the Structure
When a concrete foundation becomes uneven from cracks and soil issues, the supported structure suffers as well. This can influence the ability to properly open and close doors and windows as well as cause other issues like slowly tilting a chimney.

7- Just Patching Up a Crack Is Not Enough
While some concrete cracks because of surface-level problems, most cracks are actually symptomatic of a greater structural problem that would likely overwhelm a normal person interested in fixing the source issue. Laypersons should never attempt to fix severely damaged concrete; such work should be handled by a professional, ideally someone affiliated with the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Concrete Contractors or the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

8- Repairs Can Take Less Time Than You Might Think
Some of the less invasive repair and restoration jobs can easily be started and completed in less than a single day. It should be noted that the timetable for any job involving exposed concrete is going to be modified by the temperatures and weather; concrete needs dry air and sunlight to help it properly solidify, a torrential downpour will likely prevent any work and may extend the length of the restoration.

After reading this exhaustive list, it should be obvious why repairing concrete is something that should be handled as soon they become noticed, weather permitting of course. As Benjamin Franklin once said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventing small cracks from becoming big ones can be preserve your wallet, your time and the quality of your home or business.

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