Concrete Floor Repair – is It Time?

Have you been looking at your basement or garage and wondering if you should do something about the cracks in the concrete? Take the following quiz to see if it’s time to do some concrete repair.

1. Are the cracks in the concrete growing getting worse over time?
If you are experiencing a worsening of cracks in your concrete, it’s a good idea to think about concrete floor crack repair. Cracks can be caused by any number of issues. If at all possible, attempt to identify what could be causing the problem so that you can remove or remedy the situation and not have to go through the repair process again in the future.

Depending on the severity of the crack to be repaired, you may be able to simply use more cement to make the repair. However, if it more severe, you may need to add a bonding agent to the patching mix.

2. Do you have any large trees or shrubs growing in close proximity to your cracking concrete floor?
Your basement floor repair might be caused by the root system of a large tree or shrub growing in close proximity to your home. Just as city sidewalks lined with trees will often have the concrete pushed up by the growth of the trees over time, a large tree too near the house can have the same effect on the basement flooring.

If you suspect this might be the case, you will likely need to have the tree removed in addition to getting the concrete repaired.

3. Is your basement or garage floor frequently exposed to damp and moisture?
Especially in the winter months, it is not uncommon to have damp and moisture seeping up into a basement or garage. Concrete doesn’t actually fully cure for many years. Until it does, it can act like a sponge, drawing moisture out of the earth beneath it.

If you have a chronic moisture problem, you may need to investigate what can be done to retrofit your slab with a moisture barrier.

4. Is your concrete developing chips or dips?
If your concrete has cracked, it may be due to settling underneath the garage or basement. Depending on how much settling has occurred and whether it has finished settling, it may be a simple fix to fill the crack and level the settled area.

5. Has something dropped on the concreted and caused it to crack or break?
This is something that you’ll want to take care of sooner rather than later. Remove any debris or concrete chips from the area, and fill the section. Once the repair is completed, it should stop the spread of any cracking from the impact location.

If you’ve answered yes to any of these, then you know that it’s time to get serious about your concrete floor repair. Once they’re finished and your flooring is looking good, you’ll be happy you took action.

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