Although we find ourselves in the chilly days of January, the warmer temperatures of spring are just around the corner. As the days get longer, many Houston homeowners find themselves in need of concrete leveling solutions as they discover cracked or uneven driveways, sidewalks, patios, and other surfaces. We have fairly mild winters here in Texas, but the wet and cold weather we experience during this time can have a negative impact on your cement slabs. In today’s post, we’ll review a few wintertime maintenance tips that can protect your concrete from the elements, and what you can do if you discover cracked and uneven slabs.
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Clean and Seal in the Fall
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this philosophy definitely applies to your concrete surfaces. In a previous blog, we reviewed the importance of regular cleaning and sealing of your cement slabs. Contacting a professional to power wash your driveways, sidewalks, and patios is an easy step you can take to protect your surfaces from the harsh conditions of winter weather. If you are skilled with a power washer, you may even be able to complete this task on your own without professional assistance.
Remove Snow and Ice
Although we don’t typically see much snow or ice here in the Houston area, January is usually one of our coldest months. Snow and ice are not completely out of the realm of possibilities, and if these harsh conditions are allowed to sit on your cement surfaces, damage could occur. To protect your driveway and other areas from the devastating effects of freeze and thaw cycles, it is essential to clear ice and snow as soon as possible. Take care to use the proper equipment while doing so, as some chemicals that are designed to melt ice can damage the top layer of your concrete surfaces.
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Use Care with Ice Melt
If there is one thing that we’ve learned during the course of our concrete leveling solutions is that salt eats concrete. De-icers are very prevalent in stores, however, many of these products contain chemicals and salt that will penetrate your concrete, eventually causing problems like scaling and spalling. If you want to protect your sidewalks and driveway from damage, you can try using cat litter or sand as alternatives to commercial de-icers; they might not work as quickly, but they will add traction without causing damage.
Park Heavy Vehicles in the Street
The concrete that was used to build your driveway is not as strong or as pliable as the asphalt that the street is made from. If you have a heavy vehicle that is routinely parked in your driveway, you may consider parking it streetside to help preserve the integrity of your driveway. The continuous weight of the vehicle is not beneficial for maintaining a flat, level driveway, and it may cause an obstruction for proper drainage. Having a level surface without cracks is essential for water to run off your driveway as efficiently as possible.
Houston Concrete Leveling Solutions
If you have discovered that your concrete driveway, sidewalks, or patios are cracked and uneven, we have the concrete leveling solutions you have been looking for. Not only is restoring your slabs important for restoring the beauty to your home and preventing worse future damage, it is essential for reducing safety hazards for you and your family. With an industry-leading two year warranty and affordable rates, you can’t go wrong with our concrete leveling services.