Not everyone is aware that concrete is susceptible to rain damage. Cement is highly durable, so much so that there are structures that have lasted for thousands of years. But even as strong as this material is, the rain will eventually take its toll, and you need to be able to spot when structures experience damage. Here is how to tell your concrete structures are suffering rain damage.
Follow The Water in Your Concrete Structure
For just about any type of concrete structure, there will be sewers and storm drains. Both of these perform vital functions. If concrete starts becoming flooded, it won’t have the same stability that it once had. This flooding can be dangerous for anyone inside of these buildings. Whatever structures are protected against water damage are going to have a better chance of lasting longer. If concrete gets too much exposure to rainwater, it will begin to crack. Lifting and pitting are a couple of other concerns that you would rather not have to occur.
See If You Find Any Cracks in Your Concrete
The next thing you’ll want to do is see if you can find any cracks. No matter what type of concrete you’re using, it will eventually start getting worn down, and it will decay. You can remedy a little of the damage with the help of resurfacing, but you can’t entirely undo the harm. It will help if you put time aside to get all of the surfaces repaired. You’ll also want to avoid having any tripping hazards around the vicinity. The best thing that can be done to prevent falling, slipping and tripping is to undergo preventative maintenance.
Look For Puddles
At a glance, you might not think puddles are particularly dangerous. However, they can be a severe problem. Erosion can weaken buildings’ foundations so that they aren’t as stable. It doesn’t matter how much work has been done to penetrate the concrete and determine everything embedded inside the core if there is too much damage stemming from moisture. If foundations shift, your structure will face additional damage. If you see cracks in your ceiling and walls, standing water is likely around your foundations.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified by the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions. With the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, we can provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.