When Is a Cracked Concrete Floor Considered to Be Serious?

If you have arrived at this page, it is quite likely that you have discovered a crack in your concrete floor. As a homeowner, you must pay special attention to your home at all times. This will help ensure that you take the measures that are necessary to keep your home in working order for as long as possible, and as inexpensively as possible.

While it is true that some cracks may be a result of a serious issue – such as foundation problems – not all cracks require immediate attention; however, immediate attention is advised. Here, you will learn about circumstances that indicate the crack that you have discovered is to be taken seriously. 

Poor Sub-Grade Compaction 

Prior to pouring concrete, a sub-grade is prepared. This involves the activities of compacting both a base that is composed of gravel and/or a sand mixture and the sub-grade. If the sub-layers are created in haste and are not compacted properly, the concrete that is poured on those layers will cause certain areas to compact down a little.

This typically happens once the concrete has completely cured and as a result of the weight of the concrete. In turn, cracking will develop. If you feel that this is an issue, you should have it resolved immediately. It is capable of causing large cracks that spread rapidly. 

Improper Slab Reinforcement

One of the single most important aspects to proper concrete pouring is the steel-based reinforcement utilized within the slab. These reinforcements may be composed of rebar, wire mesh, or post-tension cables. In some instances, slab reinforcements are places too high and there was too little concrete poured to cover those features.

Many times, a high concentration of concrete is poured over the slab reinforcements. If the reinforcements cannot handle the dry weight of the concrete, they may buckle under pressure.

If there is an issue with the slab reinforcements of your concrete floor, it must be resolved immediately; otherwise, it could cause the home to become uneven and/or the foundation to be damaged. 

Unsealed Concrete Flooring

If your concrete flooring as not been sealed with an epoxy sealant and it develops a crack, you should have it repaired and coated as quickly as possible. This is because concrete is porous. Not only will it suck in all the dirt and debris in your home, it could play host to the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Naturally, this could result in sickness among those living in the home, including pets. Once the concrete is repaired, you should then have any unsealed concrete covered with epoxy flooring. 

Contact Us Today

We here at Concrete Coatings of the South specialize in both concrete flooring repair and epoxy flooring systems. If you are experiencing an issue in your home, we are more than happy to come check it out and explain the strategies that we will use to resolve those problems.

In addition to home concrete flooring, we also specialize in other types of residential services. These include those involving the basement and the garage. To learn more, give us a call today at: 706-249-4131