Concrete chipping is a type of damage to the foundation that can ultimately damage the structure it is supporting. Causes of chipping can vary and if not dealt with immediately will get worse. Here’s what you need to know about the causes of concrete chipping, how it affects the foundation, and how to prevent it from happening.
What is Concrete Chipping on Foundations?
Concrete chipping is also known as concrete spalling or concrete scaling. Concrete chipping is when the foundation is flaking, chipping, or breaking off. Concrete chipping is considered cancer to concrete. Concrete chipping, if left unrepaired, can lead to greater foundation damage and damage to the structure above it. If there are cracks around the chipped area, this could indicate a structural problem. If the damage has already started to spread, it’s important to have an expert come in and assess the situation and decide on the course of action needed to repair it.
The Causes and Signs of Concrete Chipping
Concrete chipping can be caused by a number of factors. Most commonly it is caused by water seeping into the foundation and freezing, which leads to the concrete expanding and chipping. Other causes of concrete chipping include poorly mixed concrete, high temperatures, and even sand blasting. Older homes can be more at risk of concrete chipping.
Signs of concrete chipping include flaking, cracks in brick, foundation cracks, and a leaky basement. The location of the concrete chipping can also indicate how the chipping was caused. If the chipping is located toward the lower part of the foundation for example, this may be a sign that there is poor drainage around the foundation.
If you notice brown stains on the inside of your home, this may be caused by acid damage, which is caused by hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure is a problem with water in the basement. It’s important to note that a shallow patch of concrete chipping may simply be a cosmetic issue, but it’s not something you want to put off having checked out.
Repairing and Preventing Concrete Chipping
When you notice concrete chipping, no matter how small, it’s a good idea to call in an expert to assess the situation. If it’s only a cosmetic issue, this is great news, but if the damage is more serious, it’s better to know before it gets worse. The foundation expert will let you know the best course of action for repairing the chipping.
One of the best ways to protect a concrete foundation from chipping is to have new concrete slabs sealed to prevent water penetration. Gutter downspouts should drain far away from the foundation to avoid water from gathering around the foundation and seeping into it. If your downspouts drain too closely to the foundation, you can get an extender that will carry the water farther away.
Concrete chipping can lead to more serious foundation damage. If you notice any signs of concrete chipping, contact us for more information. You might need it repaired!