Foundation Damage Pueblo
Living in a climate with heavy rains or frequent flooding can lead in time to foundation damage in Pueblo. As a specialist in foundation restorations, Straight Line Construction has the knowledge and the team to fix problems caused by water.
Can concrete foundation be water damaged?
Raw concrete is porous and the water reaching inside it will initiate the corrosion process of the reinforcement bars inducing mechanical stress and ultimately the formation of cracks. For this reason, we recommend sealing or waterproofing any concrete structure that is prone to stand for extended periods in the water.
Water will not only damage the reinforcement bars but can affect the concrete in several different ways:
Does concrete lose strength over time?
- Carbonation – the calcium from a moist concrete foundation will interact with the carbon dioxide forming calcium carbonate, which is the reverse calcination process of lime.
- Leaching – water flowing through the cracks will dissolve and remove various minerals that are found in the concrete expanding in time the gaps and leading to severe foundation damage in Pueblo.
- Decalcification – if you notice stalactites forming in your basement below the concrete structures, this is the calcium washed away from the concrete. A concrete low in calcium will become frail and brittle, leading in time to cracks in your foundation.
- Bacteria – Moist concrete is an ideal place for bacteria and mold growth. Given the right conditions, it’s possible, bacteria can produce sulfuric acid that will dissolve the carbonate in the cement, causing its strength loss.
If it is adequately maintained, sealed, and not exposed to aggressive agents, cement should hold its strength for a very long period. The hydration process which takes place during the curing of the concrete slows down, but the chemical reactions will continue for a very long time. Hydration is the process when the concrete gains strength, and this will increase until the process is complete.
Old concrete that became completely hydrated, at least on some parts, may be subject to deterioration, but you should not worry about this. Think about the roman concrete, which is probably still hydrating after centuries. It is possible that the surface layer to be hydrated and for this reason, you may find some dented edges, but nothing serious to affect your foundation.
Stopping water from pooling around the foundation
To prevent foundation damage in Pueblo, it is essential to keep water away from it. For that, ensure that the downspouts are clean and drain the rainwater at least 10 feet away from the house. You also have to ensure that the soil around your home is sloping away from the foundation.
After all these steps, if you still find water around your house, we advise you to call a specialist. Straight Line Construction has experience in handling similar problems, and we will be able to provide a long term solution.