Should You Remove or Repair Cracked Concrete?
Much like any form of rock, concrete surfaces of all types can undergo erosion and weather damage over time depending on location and severity of weather in your area. Degrading concrete can be unpleasant to look at, but it can also be hazardous for those walking on concrete sidewalks, driveways, and patios and those living in homes with concrete retaining walls or foundation walls.
If your concrete surface has become cracked, you may be wondering how to go about fixing the problem. Depending on the severity of the damage, you will have to determine whether or not you can fix the crack yourself, or if you’ll need to have the concrete professionally removed and replaced by a contractor and demolition team.
Signs Your Concrete is Deteriorating
Signs of deterioration can be difficult to spot in concrete surfaces unless you look closely. Some of the most common signals of concrete deterioration are:
- Flaking or chipping away in places
- Cracks, particularly if multiple or deep ones are present
- Sections shifting up or down (most common in locations with harsh winters)
Can I perform minor repairs as a homeowner?
It is possible for homeowners to fix small-scale concrete damage themselves if the majority of the concrete surface is still intact. For example, if the only issue is a hairline crack or two within the surface, most homeowners can fill these cracks themselves easily and inexpensively. Even if you do have to demolish a small part of your concrete surface but most of it is sturdy, you may not have to enlist the help of a concrete specialist.
However, before beginning any type of concrete removal or repair project, check thoroughly for any cables or utility lines running near the site. If you accidentally damage or disconnect any wiring, it could cause a larger problem for your home’s functionality. Additionally, be sure to use proper safety gear and tools when performing any home concrete demolition or repair.
When to Hire a Professional
Thoroughly check your concrete’s damage to make sure you recognize its full scope. If your concrete has a crack that is especially deep or widespread, you should most likely hire a professional demolition team and prepare to replace your concrete.
Unless you have personal experience working as a professional handyman or contractor, it’s best to hire a professional team as they will have all the necessary equipment and expertise to get the job done correctly and efficiently. For exceptional rock, gravel, and concrete specialists in Oregon, contact Tigard Sand and Gravel today.