Today’s blog is about cracks in the driveway, sidewalk and the garage. While you may see them in the concrete and very light and small to a gap that is noticeable. I wanted to share today why its important to repair them other then appearance. So lets begin.
While doing inspections we come across typical concrete cracks to the concrete has a sunk or is cracked due to many reasons. Some cracks fall into one or more of several categories: 1) plastic shrinkage 2) settlement 3) drying shrinkage 4)chemical 5) corrosion and 6) overload. Concrete will fail just like anything else. Some cracks appear shortly after the pour and some take many years. A lot of sidewalks for homes are poured at 3500 psi. Yes you will see 4000 and 5000 psi. Some driveways and commercial applications vary. But lets not get too technical. We are not trying to develop the science on concrete.
The biggest part is when you see cracks remember moisture will get in. No matter if its the driveway, garage or back patio. This you want to avoid. Main reason is that once moisture enters the cracks the concrete will absorb it and start to deteriorate. A lot folks in the North East have had snow and rain. This is not good with cracks. The repair process can be a small job up to replacing the area. Small jobs may just require you on a Saturday cutting out the crack and filling it with a repair compound. Some maybe a bit more extensive. Additionally, you may see concrete caulk. I am not a fan of this product. One appearance wise it looks tacky. Two lets think about it. You gonna caulk your driveway? Do the task correctly so your home is prestige.
In closing when we see the concrete cracks and they look jagged or shark tooth style. They are the ones to worry about. This is true for concrete block as we see the cracks there too. Normally something has made that area to heave or sink. Thank you for following us today. If you have more questions about concrete cracks, feel free to call us anytime at 352-322-2700 or visit us at; www.emeraldinspectionservice.com