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Chipping Concrete and Concrete Foundation Repair

Learn More About Spalling Concrete and Chipping Concrete

Chipping ConcreteChipping concrete is also called spalling or scaling. This is caused by water entering the concrete and expanding (i.e. freezing). If the concrete is poorly mixed, it’s more likely to spall. Therefore, if you live in an area that freezes often you’re more likely to find chipping.

Chipping Concrete and My Foundation – Is it Serious?

You can find out if chipping concrete is a serious problem or cosmetic by taking a closer look at the following:

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What type of foundation do you have?

Is it a poured foundation or concrete block? If there’s chipping in the blocks, have a foundation repair expert take a look at the problem area. If left alone, spalling in block foundations can result in structural damage. Additionally, it’s best to have the problem inspected as soon as possible before the issue leads to more damage.

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How long has the chipping been going on?

If it’s an ongoing problem that’s starting to spread, you may need to have it repaired. In general, it’s best to contact an expert as soon as possible. Surprisingly, most homeowners hold off on calling an expert until the damage is substantial. As a result, repairs become much more costly. 

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Are there cracks around the spalling?

If you see cracks around the chipped area, there could be a structural problem. If the cracks themselves are chipping or spalling, then call in an expert because this indicates a serious problem. Furthermore, the expert will identify a solution that tends to your home’s needs.

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Where's the chipping?

Is the spalling located at ground level? Is it in the middle of the wall or by a gutter? If the spalling is located around a gutter or the ground level without cracks; it could be caused by poor drainage.Consequently, extend the downspouts and make sure the gutters are clear to prevent further damage.

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How bad is the concrete chipping?

If it’s a small shallow patch, then it’s probably cosmetic. However, you should never take foundation chipping lightly. If it’s a larger area that’s deeper than 1/6-inch, you could have a problem. You should consult with a foundation repair expert to make sure the concrete foundation chipping will not create a structural problem.

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Are there stains around the chipping?

If the spalling’s inside and you see white chalky powder (efflorescence) or brown stains (acid damage), then you also have hydrostatic pressure; a basement water problem. Nevertheless, the only way to fix this is to consult with a waterproofing expert.

Chipping Concrete and Foundation Repair Experts – JES, Your Trusted, Local Experts

If you’re not sure of the source of your foundation problem, give us a call at 866-370-4816, and schedule a free inspection. We’ll find out the cause of the problem, and moreover, help you find the perfect solution.

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