How to Take Care of Concrete
The most difficult material employed in the construction of various structures is concrete. It’s the most abundant material that is used for construction of floors and walls. Chemicals and some environmental factors are enemies to the strength of a concrete wall and should be well taken care of. Some of the substances that degrade the concrete include salt, Ice and heavy traffic. During winter ice plays a huge role in the degrading of the concrete build structures. Water sips into the wall especially on the upper layers of the upper layers of the wall making it soft and capable of being degradable.
As a result, the walls starts cracking and if net well checked it could worsen to having the walls fall. This must be addressed well during the building of the structures where proper ratios of the construction materials are used to make it air tight. Water proof substances should be added to the concrete to make sure that no water is allowed to sip in in times of winter and heavy rains.
Sprays have been made for spraying to the walls to make sure that all agents of erosion cannot affect the walls easily. Water is used in mixing up the various materials in their respective ratios that are used in making of concrete. Heavy traffic bearing concretes are protected by the use of precast, or reinforced concrete with steel bars. Steel bars are very useful in ensuring that the concrete walls are of equal strength and that they are strong enough. Durability of a concrete structure is guaranteed once a person used steel bars in making of the walls. When constructing a concrete ground its very important to first lay the bars and ensure they are well before pouring the concrete. Uneven grounds in concrete construction is not allowed.
Deicing salts also cause a lot of damage to the concrete. They cause slow destruction to concrete walls by destroying the concrete. Concrete that have been corroded by the salts is weak and cannot withstand for a long period. Various protective measures have been applied to cure these problems that the concrete faces. Levelling off the ground by using a concrete overlay method is a good way of ensuring that the concrete doesn’t have weak points. Polymers strengthen the power of concrete overlays. Protect The exterior and the interior of a building by use of cyclic sealers. It can be mixed with water and also oil for ease of application.
A penetrating sealer is very useful in ensuring that moisture doesn’t penetrate the walls. Where there is a lot of moisture these sealers are very much applicable. Use of chemicals is the widely known method of protecting concrete from various factors that could weaken it.