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Preventing Cracks In Concrete by Redi-Mix Colors September 27, 2019 0

Although concrete is one of the most durable, effective and long-lasting building materials known to man, it too has archenemies, namely water-soluble salts and gases. Water, which is an integral ingredient in making concrete, can also be extremely destructive in a few different ways. Concrete damage nearly always involves moisture, and water can carry detrimental substances such as chlorides from road salts into the concrete causing structures to weaken and break down. This article will discuss numerous ways in preventing cracks in concrete. Water and the substances it introduces into concrete can cause issues such as: Organic growth including moss, mold, algae and lichen Steel corrosion from chloride Efflorescence Freeze/thaw damage Another major issue that concrete faces is cracks. Concrete is designed for compressive strength and has lower tensile strength. If the internal tensile stresses are greater than the tensile strength of the concrete, cracks can develop. A whole host…