The leaves are changing colors, the sun is going down earlier, and the wind is getting that crisp feeling to it. Fall is here. While there are many things to enjoy about the fall season, it can also be overwhelming, because after fall comes winter. With the harsh Denver winters, it is essential you finish any exterior repairs before the truly cold weather comes. With so much to take care of, however, it can be hard to prioritize what is truly important, and some problems can be missed. Here is a checklist you can use when checking out the state of your concrete to see if it should be repaired before winter arrives.
The first thing you should do upon the arrival of fall is do a surface inspection of all your exterior concrete surfaces. This doesn’t have to just be a driveway, patios should also be inspected. You are looking for any noticeable holes, cracks, or chipping. If there are significant cracks or chunks of your concrete missing, a repair should be scheduled before winter. Going into the winter season with cracked or uneven concrete can be dangerous for you and your family. Additionally, it can cause trouble when the time comes for snow removal.
The next time it rains, you should take a look at your concrete surfaces and see where the water flows. If the water is collecting in any particular location on the concrete, this is indicative of an underlying problem with the concrete level. Standing water is one of the most harmful things that can happen to your concrete. During winter, these water pools will only get worse as the snow melts and then refreezes. Uneven concrete causing standing water should be repaired as soon as possible.
In addition to seeing if water is pooling anywhere in particular, you should watch how the water is draining off of your concrete. If your driveway or patio has sunk or tilted, this could be a sign that the foundation underneath the material has shifted. This can cause water that is meant to drain away from your house to start draining toward it. Water draining toward a house can cause a myriad of problems, from water in the basement, to structural problems with the home’s foundation. Ensuring that the water around your house is draining properly and not collecting will save you from having to spend a lot of money in the future.
There are some other indications that your concrete should be repaired before the winter. If there is significant discoloration in the concrete itself, even if there isn’t any water pooling or strange runoff, it could be an indication of water erosion or sun damage. You should also be aware of the level of the concrete as a whole. Sometimes, the entire piece could just sink into the earth. If this happens, a repair should be in the works.
Once you’ve established the state of your concrete, it’s time to get started on a repair. We use a quick and easy foam leveling procedure that can be completed in a day! Knowing there is such a painless method of concrete repair, why wouldn’t you schedule your maintenance today?
If you’re ready to get started, contact us to get your free quote by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (303) 883-3322!