The concrete present in concrete slabs is a material very present in the many constructions in Quebec. We find it in particular in the vast majority of foundations, in the floors of garages or basements of dwellings, but also in the architectural structure.
This frequent use of concrete comes from the fact that this material allows the creation of uniform surfaces and its high durability gives it a significant appeal. However, although all these qualities are undeniable, concrete is subject to the harshness of time, resulting in cracks, cracks and other alterations.
It is therefore not uncommon to find defects on the walls or concrete slabs of a home. Although these problems can be mild, it is still advisable to regularly inspect the concrete walls and slabs of your home.
What are the problems with concrete slabs?
The walls and foundations of a home react enormously to weather conditions, as well as to Quebec’s harsh climate. Thus, concrete slabs found in basements or garages must be checked regularly. There are all the more reasons to inspect the soil of one’s home as the problems related to pyrite are very numerous in this region.
It is regularly found that the age of the house has no influence on the appearance of foundation cracks. The quality of the concrete and soil at the time of construction of your building is essential for the stability of your walls. Poor foundation construction can involve the appearance of many cracks on your walls and floors.
How to spot problems with your concrete slab?
If you observe a significant uplift on your concrete slab in the basement or garage, you must request an inspection by a professional or expert. The appearance of white spots on the slabs and peeling of the paint is usually a sign of significant moisture.
Regular inspection of concrete weakness sites can quickly identify problems related to vibration or moisture. The latter are the main factors in the appearance of cracks in concrete walls or slabs. This will make it easier for you to prevent cracks, which will also allow you to ensure that no other deeper problems affect the architecture of your home.
How to maintain your concrete slab?
If the concrete slab of your home is friable or peeled over its entire surface, it is advisable to make the necessary repairs. First, the crumbled concrete must be removed, then the surface must be grinded with a rotating plate and finally the surface must be cleaned with a pressure washer.
In addition, for a perfect finish, it is possible to apply a self-leveling polymer cement, which is as thin as a sheet of paper. To finish the job, you need to apply a densifying sealant that hardens and waterproofs the surface
This maintenance can be done without the help of an expert thanks to a rental grinder, a pressure washer and self-leveling concrete products found in renovation centers. However, if you want this work to be done perfectly, we can only advise you to contact an expert who will offer you a complete and sustainable solution.
As you can see, a regular check of the foundations, including the concrete slab, will help protect your home from the effects of time. Have you noticed a crack on your floor? Get in touch with one of our experts to find out more!