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Concrete Crack Repair in Orange County

Concrete Crack Repair in Orange County
There are various ways to repair a concrete crack. The first thing you want to do is find out what caused the crack. Is there a void under the concrete, did the foundation move, was the crack caused by shrinkage during the concrete curing process?
Concrete Crack Repair
Knowing why the crack has occurred will allow you to choose the best repair solution. If you don’t know why the concrete cracked, more than likely, the repair will only be a temporary fix and will need to be completed correctly in the future.

What Causes Concrete Cracks?

Various factors can cause cracks in concrete, but the most common cause is water. Concrete is made up of cement and aggregate, which form a strong bond when mixed with water. However, if the concrete fails to dry properly before exposure to extreme temperatures or weather conditions, or if too much water is used during the mixing process, it creates weak spots within the material that can easily crack and break apart over time.The second most common reason for cracking in concrete is shrinkage during the curing processes. This occurs when the moisture content of the poured material decreases and causes internal stresses on the surface. If left uncured for too long and exposed to environmental conditions like heat and sun, these stresses will cause cracks on the surface.

Concrete can also crack due to excessive loads on its structure, such as heavy vehicular traffic or dynamic forces like seismic events.

Other causes of concrete cracking include freezing temperatures, saltwater corrosion, improper compaction while pouring, and poor-quality materials used in construction.

Finally, impact from mechanical equipment or tools creating shock vibrations may also contribute to cracking in concrete surfaces.

Types of Concrete Cracks

There are several types of concrete cracks that can form, each with its causes and potential solutions. The most common type of crack is a shrinkage crack, which typically occurs during the curing process when the concrete shrinks as it dries. This type of crack often runs in a pattern and is usually relatively shallow.

Other kinds of cracks occur due to external forces, such as settlement cracks caused by soil movement or tension cracks caused by an uneven foundation or heavy loads on the surface.

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Cracked Foundation Slab
Concrete Crack Repair in Orange County
concrete crack repair

A fourth kind of crack is an expansion crack, caused by pressurized moisture pushing against the concrete from within. This type of crack often appears in basements and other below-ground structures and can be wide enough to be visible from the outside. Expansion cracks are also more likely to leak than other types, so they should be addressed quickly to prevent further damage.

Finally, spalling is another form of cracking where a chunk of concrete breaks off due to extreme changes in temperature or exposure to de-icing salts and chemicals. While this kind of damage is typically cosmetic rather than structural, it can still lead to more serious issues if left unchecked.

Importance Of Fixing Concrete Cracks

Concrete cracks need to be fixed because they can create safety hazards and cause further damage if left untreated. Cracks in concrete can cause trip hazards, which could lead to injuries and potential liability claims. Small cracks can also allow water to seep into the concrete, leading to more serious problems such as freeze-thaw damage, corrosion of reinforcing steel and scaling due to moisture expansion. In addition, larger cracks may become entry points for pests or even intruders.

Overall, it’s essential to address any cracking in concrete as soon as possible to prevent further structural damage or loss of integrity over time.

How To Know When A Concrete Crack Is Serious?

One of the most obvious indications that a concrete crack is serious is if it runs along or across a joint or control joint. If it runs along a line in the concrete where two different sections meet, this indicates a structural issue that needs attention. Likewise, if there are deep cracks (over 1/4 inch wide) or long cracks (longer than 25% of the surface length), this is another sign of a more serious issue.

Another indication that a concrete crack may be more serious is if it continues to get larger over time. If it appears to widen at any rate, even over an extended period, this can indicate larger issues beneath the surface. In addition, if there are multiple cracks about ½ inch apart within the same area, this can also mean something deeper going on with the structure itself.

In some cases, water may seep out from the crack indicating an underlying problem with drainage or water infiltration into the substructure. This could also point towards a more serious issue than just cosmetic damage on the surface.

These are just some of the signs that may indicate that a concrete crack is serious and requires professional attention. It is important to note that even smaller cracks can cause further damage when left unchecked over time, so vigilant monitoring and regular inspection are vital.

Concrete Crack Repair in Orange County
Concrete Crack Repair in Orange County

Types of Repairs

The type of repair will be unique to your concrete’s current situation.  Let’s think of the crack as your car.  If your car is misfiring or not running correctly, you wouldn’t change the tires and expect the problem to go away.  The same goes for repairing a crack.  You will need the correct fix based on the characteristics of the crack.

Gravity Fed Crack Repair

This type of repair is typically performed when a slab has cracked, but has no further signs of continued movement. This can be a typical fix for cracks in a slab after a foundation repair has been installed and completed. You can also see this repair once a soil densification treatment has been performed.

Polyurea Crack Repair

This repair is performed when the concrete has a strong potential to have continued movement. The polyurea allows for the crack to be filled, but also allow for flexibility and not allow for additional intrusion, whether it be water or insects. This repair is effective for existing concrete control joints within slabs.

Carbon Fiber Crack Stitching

This repair is similar to the gravity fed method, but we add carbon fiber staples inserted into the concrete perpendicular to the crack spaced every 12"-18". This repair will allow the crack to be "stitched" back together and will strengthen the crack itself. If any movement is to occur in the future, it will more than likely occur in another place than the area that has been stitched.

Removal and Replacement

If cracks have been neglected for an extended period of time or have experienced substantial widening than removal of the concrete and the crack will need to be performed, rather than dumping massive amounts of material and massive amounts of money into the existing crack. DO NOT let your concrete cracks get to this point. This repair is very disruptive and typically will take a week or 2 to be completed. This is definitely the last resort of repairs, but it is the correct repair if your cracked slab has widened to a point of no return.

Are you ready to learn more about what’s happening with your property's foundation?

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Why should I choose your company for my construction needs?

We’re highly skilled and experienced. Our staff, and more importantly, our installation crew, has many years of experience in all of our specialties. We completed 350+ foundation repair related projects for customers in 2019 alone.

We also utilize the most technologically advanced Customer Service Program in the industry.

You can trust us to get the job done completely and correctly. When we start your project, we stay on it until your project is completed, and completed to your full satisfaction.

Who handles the permitting and engineering process for my project?

Dalinghaus Construction has dedicated staff that specializes in the permitting and engineering process and procedures, from the start of a project until the project is finalized.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we offer financing with loan amounts of up to $100,000 and industry competitive rates.

The process is easy! The financing qualification is a soft credit check and will not impact your credit score. Additionally, you can get mobile friendly qualifications in less than 60 seconds!

Is your warranty transferable?

Yes, we offer a 25 year transferable warranty, not only on the material, but on the labor involved to conduct the repairs as well.

Do you provide updates to my project and billing?

Most definitely! We utilize a customer-specific website that allows clients to have their very own customer login. They’ll be able to follow their project’s schedule, progress, updates, billing info, daily logs, pictures, documents, and warranty information.

How do you find the right solution for homes with foundation related problems/issues?

We utilize a series of professional steps and procedures. These include drawing out the floor plan of your home, analyzing the physical condition of your home and taking precise floor measurements within 1/10th of an inch.

Do you have engineers on staff?

Dalinghaus Construction prefers to utilize independent engineering firms for your project. Doing so allows for an unbiased review of the repair recommendations, ensuring that the proper and correct fix is determined for your home.

What are your geotechnical foundation solutions?

Dalinghaus specializes in geotechnical foundation solutions for commercial, municipal and industrial applications, among others.

Where can I find more information and customer reviews about Dalinghaus?

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