Concrete cancer, also known as concrete spalling, is a serious problem that can cause significant and costly property damage. It occurs when steel reinforcement within a concrete slab begins to rust, causing it to expand and displace the surrounding concrete, making it brittle and prone to cracking. This process is accelerated by the absorption of corrosive acid, which is created during the chipping process. Concrete cancer is most common in buildings that are more than 10 years old, but younger buildings can also be at risk.
The best way to prevent concrete cancer is to invest in good quality waterproofing membranes. This will help minimize the chances of water leaks and reduce the risk of corrosion. If your building already displays signs of concrete cancer, it is important to act quickly and address the problem. A professional engineer can inspect the building and recommend a repair system such as a polymer-modified repair system.
Once the underlying steel and concrete has been repaired, it is important to allow it to cure properly. Specialized coatings can be used at this stage to help protect the structure from further damage. Regular maintenance is also essential for preventing concrete cancer. This includes checking for signs of corrosion or cracking, as well as ensuring that any waterproofing membranes are in good condition. If you have suspicions about your building or would like more information about concrete cancer, do not hesitate to contact a professional repair division.
At Projex Group, we provide inspections and reports on concrete cancer in buildings, as well as establishing repair methodologies and supervising and managing the repair process project. At Diamond Cut Concrete, we offer a 24-hour customer service line and can provide you with a quote in one day. We understand how important it is to act quickly when it comes to concrete cancer, so don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any concerns.