Even before the construction of the Pantheon, concrete has been known to be one of the most reliable construction materials in the world. But it’s not totally without its flaws. Concrete can deteriorate over time, and this can cause problems for modern businesses and residences. GPR and concrete scanning can help you see if there are deeper problems within your concrete. Keep an eye out for these serious signs of concrete degradation.
Weather can play a huge role in the deterioration of concrete. Water from rain and snow continuously running over concrete can cause scrubbing that eventually wears down the material. Especially after the harsh, cold, and wet winter we just went through, it is important to keep a vigilant eye on your concrete.
Corrosion of Reinforcement
Deterioration doesn’t just happen to the concrete itself, but it can damage a structure’s steel reinforcements as well. Chloride and carbonation can cause steel reinforcements deep within the concrete to rust. This can eventually cause some major damage to the overall structure. The problem is that you can’t see deep into your structure to see if this is the cause of your problem. Concrete scanning can help you find out whether or not your reinforcements need maintenance.
Extremely low temperatures like we experienced this winter can also cause scaling. This is a form of deterioration in which the surface of the structure is worn down from continuous freezing and thawing. Be sure to take notice of your concrete if it’s looking decayed. It could more than just the surface that needs work. Ground penetrating radar can accurately determine if there are deeper issues with your concrete than what you can see on the surface.
Cracking can start internally within a concrete structure as well as superficially. A chemical reaction between the alkalis in the cement and the silica in the aggregates can produce a gel that expands when it takes in water. Concrete x-raying and inspection can determine if your concrete needs improvements.
Prevent Concrete Deterioration with Concrete Visions
Concrete Visions has over 12 years of experience and expertise in concrete scanning and we know how to detect any problems lurking beneath the surface. We use ground penetrating radar accurately and expertly and are familiar with many other methods that can be used when appropriate, like concrete x-ray and electromagnetic conductivity. We are also very familiar with the latest construction safety techniques and train all of our workers to do their work quickly, accurately, and safely. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, give us a call at (410) 766-2210 or visit us online. For more articles and tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.