Concrete is durable yet porous and highly susceptible to damage caused by Utah’s winter weather conditions. Temperatures fluctuate above and below the freezing point frequently during the winter months, this freeze/thaw cycle has the most impact on concrete. Concrete pores fill with water that becomes trapped within the slabs when it freezes, water expands by 9% when frozen causing the concrete to expand with it.
Winter concrete deterioration can include surface cracks, scaling of surface, crumbling and damage to the durability and concrete structure itself which leads to further, more extensive damages in the future. While it is difficult to completely eradicate all concrete damage in winter months, there are some steps that can be taken to lessen the impact snow and ice will have on concrete slabs.
Tips to Protect Concrete from Snow and Ice
Reduce the presence of moisture as much as possible by ensuring the property has proper eaves and downspouts to channel water away from concrete surfaces.
Fill concrete joints with expansion caulk and properly seal or reseal concrete surfaces.
Avoid using de-icing agents. Use sand or gravel to create traction instead.
Remove snow and ice instead of simply melting the ice with de-icing agents to prevent the thaw freeze concrete deterioration.
If you do use de-icing agents, make sure that they do not contain ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate as they will chemically damage the makeup of your concrete.
In the spring many home and business owners are left to deal with the consequences of Utah winter concrete damage. Slabjacking is a cost effect winter concrete damage repair option. Call Interwest piering and concrete lifting to discuss Utah concrete repair options and receive a free quote.