As a concrete contractor, Civitech's core business is Concrete Repair and Concrete Restoration. As a full service concrete restoration company, Vector is not limited to a single concrete repair method. Our experience and expertise combine specialized and conventional concrete repair methods to provide the most practical solution for all concrete repair projects.
Common Reasons That Concrete Requires Repair
Concrete is widely used for everything from foundations to bridges. Water tanks, buildings, and even dams can be made with concrete. It’s a strong, durable, and well understood material. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to last forever without a bit of attention and sometimes repair. In fact, concrete today isn’t even the same as the concrete that was poured for your commercial parking garage twenty years ago. Here are some of the most common reasons that concrete requires repair.
Concrete is often reinforced with steel rebar. The rebar is meant to help keep the concrete from crumbling. Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be the real problem. If rebar is exposed to excess carbon dioxide or chlorides, it will begin to corrode, causing the concrete around it to crumble, too. Rust can burst concrete.
Water will wear away at concrete over time, which is commonly seen in tunnels.
If air-entrapment isn’t sufficient, the concrete can become saturated with water, which then expands when it freezes. It then breaks down into its component parts: sand and aggregate.
Repair is Possible
Fortunately, it is possible to repair concrete that is showing signs of any of these problems. Depending on the severity, large portions of the structure may need to be re-built. But with the right concrete repair team, you can often avoid a complete tear down. Most importantly, the cause of the deterioration should be identified so that the concrete repairs last and the problem doesn’t reoccur.