Shoveling And Salt What To Know
You can help maintain concrete by shoveling the snow from your driveway, sidewalk and steps. By keeping the snow cleared, there is less chance that it will compact down freezing into the surface and accelerate the freeze/thaw cycle. The less number of times that water enters concrete and freezes, the less likely that it will become damaged.
Use a plastic shovel instead of a metal one. Bent/sharp corners of a worn metal shovel can damage the surface of certain types of concrete.
Is it okay to use salt as a deicer? The short answer is NO. Salt is very corrosive to concrete and will eventually, if not immediately, cause damage to many types of concrete. (more…)
Do you have a side view of your concrete slabs like this?
The space between a slab of concrete and the ground is called a ‘void’. A void typically occurs next to a sidewalk or walkway leading up to a home. A void can also occur under a concrete patio, porch or driveway. You will sometimes notice a void when you walk on the concrete, and you can feel it give under your feet. The obvious signs of a void can be seen. Level Rite Concrete can fix this problem by drilling small 5/8” holes in the concrete and injecting our polyurethane foam into the void to strengthen the concrete and prevent it from cracking and breaking. Polyurethane is added to the sides of the concrete slab.
How to Stop Weeds From Growing in Driveway and/or Sidewalk Cracks
Does your driveway and/or sidewalks look like this? This is a definite eyesore! Weeds seem to grow virtually anywhere, even poking leaves out of cracks in concrete expansion joints on driveways and sidewalks. While newly laid concrete doesn’t have such problems, settling produces cracks after several years, allowing weed seeds to gain a foothold. Ugly tufts of grass in concrete areas such as driveways and sidewalks pose a bigger problem than poor aesthetics. The grass degrades the concrete and can eventually widen small cracks.
Does Your Driveway By Your Garage Look Like This?
There are signs that your driveway is in need of lifting. Waiting too long to call a professional for an estimate may make fixing it costlier. Ignoring or avoiding some of these issues may worsen over time. It could take a few weeks, months or years. A sinking driveway can cause underlying issues for your basement or foundation. We advise that at the first sign of any of the issues below, you should call Level Rite Concrete.
Is your driveway: 1) uneven by your garage or in the first 10 feet from the street? 2) so uneven going into your garage that you have to give your car more gas to get in your garage? 3) sunken by your garage door? 4) slabs uneven? 5) below street level uneven, sinking or cracking?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, repair your driveway by lifting it with our company, Level Rite Concrete. We could save you thousands of dollars in costly foundation repairs in the future as well as costs of putting in a totally new concrete driveway. A sinking or uneven driveway by your garage door leads to cracks in the concrete which leads to foundation leaks and a wet basement over time. Water follows the path of least resistance and your sunken concrete and the cracks around it may be channeling water run-off from rain or snow seeping down to the foundation below your home through the gap created between the sunken driveway and your garage requiring repair. “The gap between my driveway and my garage is only an inch or two. Is that a big deal?”
Curious Why Your Concrete Has Sunk?
Poor or improper compaction of the base before concrete was poured: The weight of the slab will further compact the base after curing, and settlement can happen quickly.
Climate: The Polar Vortex, experienced last year by many in the northern hemisphere, wasn’t just hard on you, but also on your concrete. Freezing and thawing causes slabs to expand when frost is in the ground – it causes concrete to heave or raise. When the ground thaws, the concrete will settle again, but many times not to where it was originally. This results in trip spots between shifting slabs. (more…)
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The reason your concrete is ugly (or soon will be) is because you haven’t had it sealed in years & probably since it was installed…right? Go ahead, pour some water on it – what do you see? If your concrete darkens-up and absorbs water like a “big hard sponge” then it is UNSEALED & open for damage.
You’re just asking for trouble if you’re letting water & everything else soak right down into your concrete. Did you know that water expands up to 9% when it freezes? That’s why it will pit, pop, crack & flake off!
Besides the obvious damage caused by salt & ice melting chemicals, there are plenty of other bad things that are damaging it right now (lawn fertilizer, oil, gas, anti-freeze, UV rays, rain containing high amounts of nitric & sulfuric acids . . . & so on). It’s going to keep ROTTING FROM THE INSIDE OUT unless you do something to protect it – CAN YOU REALLY AFFORD AN EXPENSIVE TEAR-OUT & REPLACEMENT?
Clean And Apply Sealer
Cleaning your concrete driveway on occasion and keeping it sealed are the best measures you can take to keep it looking its best. How often you clean and reseal will depend on the weather conditions the concrete is exposed to and the amount of vehicle traffic it receives. Generally, you should reseal a concrete driveway every two years or so, or when the finish begins to show wear.
Remove Stains Immediately
While a sealer will help to protect concrete from stain absorption, it’s still a good idea to remove oil, gasoline, grease and other spills as soon as possible. If the concrete does discolor, pressure washing and certain cleaning chemicals will remove most stains.