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Problems With Concrete Flatwork & Their Solutions

Have you been looking at your concrete flatwork and noticed some problems? Are the cracks too big, the pitting too deep, and the discoloration too unsightly? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone.

Many property owners find themselves in this exact situation. Concrete flatwork is notorious for developing issues over time. But you don’t have to suffer them forever!

There are several solutions to these common problems, and we’ll explore them all in this post. So continue reading for helpful tips on how to fix concrete flatwork problems.

Cracks – The Unsightly Concrete Flatwork Problem

No one likes seeing cracks in their concrete. They’re unsightly and can make your property look unkempt. But more importantly, they can also lead to more significant problems like water damage and foundation issues. So it’s essential to address cracks as soon as you see them.

The good news is that there you can fix cracks in concrete. The best method will depend on the size and severity of the crack. You can use caulk or epoxy for minor cracks to fill them in. For more significant cracks, you may need to use a patching compound. And for cracks that are wider than a quarter-inch, you’ll likely need to hire a professional to repair them.

Discoloration – The Dead Giveaway of a Poor Concrete Job

The beauty of concrete is that it can be stained or dyed to create a unique look. But sometimes, concrete can start to discolor on its own. Poor installation practices, such as using too much water when mixing the concrete, can cause discoloration. Improperly sealed concrete also fades.

If your concrete is starting to discolor, you may be able to restore it with a stain or sealer. In beginner cases, you might be able to use a stiff brush and diluted vinegar solution to restore the color. But more severe cases may require hydrochloric acid and diammonium citrate to remove stains.

Buckling – The Dreaded Concrete Problem

Buckling is when the concrete rises in the middle, creating a hump. Poor drainage or too much water are leading causes. To fix a buckled sidewalk, you’ll need to remove and replace the concrete.

First, you’ll need to score the concrete with a saw. Then, chisel away the old concrete and clean up the area. Next, compact the subgrade and add a layer of gravel. Finally, add new concrete and smooth it out.

If you have a small buckling problem, you may be able to fix it with a concrete leveling compound. But if the problem is severe, you’ll need to replace the concrete.

Pitting – The Unwanted Crater

Pitting is small craters or divots that form in the concrete. They can be caused by many things, including freezing and thawing cycles, deicing salts, poor quality concrete, and more. Scaling can also lead to pitting.

Scaling is when the top layer of the concrete breaks away from the rest of the slab. Exposure to freeze-thaw cycles and deicing salts are common causes of it.

The best way to fix pitting and scaling is to remove the damaged concrete and replace it with new concrete. You can also try to repair the damage with a concrete patching compound.

Professional concrete contractors will be able to spot these problems and fix them before they get too out of hand.

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