The appearance of a building’s exterior concrete walls can show early signs and symptoms that concrete building repair is needed. One of the telltale signs is referred to as spalling. This is the breakdown of the masonry surfaces from either high temperatures or mechanical pressure from the corrosion of interior reinforcing steel, both of which may require replacement or repair for proper remediation. Here are some of the causes and symptoms that your concrete building may be victim of spalling.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of spalling on concrete surfaces include striated lines, discoloration, and a pitted or rough appearance and texture. Small spalls are also referred to as pop-outs, and can occur on a building’s edges or areas with a shallow concrete covering. Larger spalls are found on longer sections along steel reinforcements that run parallel to the concrete surface that have an insufficient concrete coverings.
Many concrete building repair needs, spalling included, are caused by water penetration. Water can corrode and deteriorate the internal reinforcing and anchoring steel structures of concrete buildings. This creates an internal pressure on the concrete, often resulting in spalling. The most effective means of correcting spalling concrete is to replace it. Abbot is experienced and knowledgeable in the identification and replacement of spalling concrete in order to maintain the structure, integrity, and longevity of the concrete building.
For more information on spalling and effective concrete building repair, contact Abbot anytime at 617-445-0274.