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Spalling Concrete Causes and Repair

Do you see concrete flaking from the surface of your basement walls? Do you see efflorescence on the walls too? If you answered both the questions affirmatively then you need the assistance of a foundation repair company right away because this is a serious issue called spalling concrete which is also termed as the concrete cancer.

What is Spalling Concrete?

Spalling concrete occurs when the water enters the concrete. This creates moisture in the concrete which results in the swelling of the outside surface forcing it to peel or flake off. This can be destructive and damaging to the structural integrity of the building if spalling concrete repair is not carried out immediately.

Causes of Spalling Concrete

There are several reasons for the cause of concrete spalling. Here are some most common causes for concrete spalling:

  • Efflorescence
  • Thaw/freeze action
  • High Pressure Water Cleaning
  • Moisture in the foundation

If you have noticed, in all four causes there is one thing in common, water. Water plays a vital role in the spalling of the concrete. The severity of the damage caused by spalling concrete depends on the amount of water, permeability and porosity of the concrete.

Efflorescence

Moisture and water leakage causes efflorescence in the basement on the surface of the walls. This is a whitish substance that is comprised of minerals and evaporated salts. Its formation is accelerated by the increased rate of water penetration and humidity in the air.

Thaw or Freeze Action

Whether the water is from the melted snow or rain or dampness, it may gather on or near the surface of the walls. This water freezes inside the concrete in the cold weather. This freeze action is damaging for the concrete since water is known to expand when it freezes. This results in the swelling of the surface and if freezing occurs repetitively, it may cause concrete spalling.

Spalling Concrete Repair

Depending on the severity of the problem, the foundation repair company can suggest the appropriate spalling concrete repair solution for your building or home. Done Right Services specializes in waterproof coatings to seal the concrete and stop the spalling. 

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