How To Identify Early Signs Of Concrete Damage
When you live in a home, it’s easy to forget how much work goes into keeping it up. After all, you’re busy with life: your job, your friends and family, and so on. For this reason, it can be difficult to notice the signs of damage before they become serious problems. However, if you live in a home with concrete floors or ceilings (or walls), keeping an eye out for early warning signs of damage can save you thousands of dollars in repairs later down the road.
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First, Examine Your Concrete And Note Any Cracks.
First, examine your concrete and note any cracks. This is a common problem in older buildings built with concrete. The most common place you’ll find cracks are in the ceiling slabs or floors; however, they can also appear on walls and pillars.
Second, Check The Ground Outside Your Home For Cracks And Heaving.
You may be able to spot signs of concrete problems by looking at the ground around your house. If a foundation is settling or breaking apart, this can cause heaving—or a rise in soil level—around the house. Heaving can also happen when water seeps into concrete foundations or floors. If you notice cracks in your driveway, walkway, or porch slab, this could be a sign that there’s been some damage to those areas of your home as well. Cracks in sidewalks and driveways can lead to leaks that cause further damage over time.
Third, Check The Walls Of Your Home Inside And Out For Cracking Or Leaning.
Some cracks are obvious, but others may be small, so you’ll need to inspect your walls from top to bottom. Look for cracks in the corners of walls and along their edges. If you find any cracks at all, follow them with your eyes until they stop or change direction. This will help you identify whether the crack is running parallel or perpendicular to other structural components like doorways and windows.
Is Ice Melt Safe For Concrete?
Many ice melts contain harmful chemicals, so check the label before buying a product. One of the most common chemicals in ice melts is calcium chloride, which can harm concrete and other surfaces like grass and vegetation, but it’s safe for pets and children.
Use Concrete-Safe Ice Melt.
Safe Thaw by Gaia is a biodegradable ice melter made from all-natural ingredients. It’s safe for pets and children. So you can use it inside your home and outside on concrete surfaces. Safe Thaw by Gaia does not harm plants or grasses because it does not contain sodium chloride (which is present in rock salt and other conventional deicers).
Safe Thaw contains modified urea as its main active ingredient. Potassium chloride also helps prevent corrosion of metal pipes and fittings that could be vulnerable to damage from traditional deicers that contain sodium chloride or calcium chloride.
Ice Melt For New Concrete
Safe Thaw is the best ice melt for new concrete and is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Safe Thaw is a urea-modified product with special surfactants, glycols, ice melting boosters, and inhibitors. However, we do not recommend using ice melt products on concrete that’s less than 12 months old.
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It’s important to know the early signs of concrete damage, so you can address them before they become more serious problems. Concrete is a sturdy material that lasts for decades—but it’s not indestructible. As long as you keep an eye on your properties and make sure they get regular maintenance, you can avoid costly repairs down the line.
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