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How Winter Salt Can Lead To Concrete Issues

What you put on top of your concrete can also make a difference on your cracking driveway, pitting sidewalk, or crumbling stoop.

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Freezing, Thawing, and Salt is Detrimental to Your Home’s Concrete

There are many factors that can play into the concrete around a home falling into disrepair. One primary reason is the soil under the concrete.

What you put on top of your concrete can also make a difference on your cracking driveway, pitting sidewalk, or crumbling stoop. When water freezes and thaws over and over, it can cause the surface of your concrete driveway to crack and crumble.

Your driveway is like a giant sponge. Concrete is porous, so it soaks up water at the surface. When temperatures drop below freezing, water turns into ice, which expands and breaks the walls of those tiny pores, weakening the concrete. You probably won’t notice this damage at first. Unfortunately, it worsens exponentially with every freeze/thaw cycle until the pitting and flaking become obvious to the naked eye.

Sprinkling salt to your driveway and sidewalks doesn’t help either. While it protects your family and guests’ well being in the short term, the salt itself causes corrosion under the surface and cracks on the top of your concrete slabs. When the winter weather clears, you’ll be forced to look at that cracked and pitted concrete around your home.

Melting snow and ice can get underneath these slabs and wash away the soil that’s holding them up. This could be why your concrete slabs are sinking or leaning. Sinking concrete is a tripping hazard and unappealing to look at.

The key to protecting your driveway for the long term is to seal it from the elements. Sealing your driveway may seem like a no-brainer, but many homeowners forget this simple step only to regret it years later when it becomes necessary to replace or resurface their driveway. Leveling that sinking concrete with a sustainable solution will also benefit you in the long run.

Have a trained contractor address the concrete around your home before the hustle and bustle of summer comes. Contact Baker’s Waterproofing today for a free concrete repair estimate.

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