With evening temperatures dipping into the 40s and 50s here in Houston, it seems that fall has finally arrived here in the Lone Star State. With the changing weather comes a wide variety of household maintenance tasks, and hopefully, caring for your concrete surfaces is on your “to-do” list. Performing seasonal maintenance tasks related to cement slabs will extend the life of your driveways, patios, walkways, and more, and in today’s blog, we’ll review three maintenance tips for homeowners.
Performing certain maintenance activities can be challenging if you’re dealing with uneven concrete surfaces around your Southeast Texas property, but Tilted Concrete Solutions is here to help. Out technicians have the experience and tools necessary to perform concrete lifting and restore your cement slabs back to their former glory. Call us at 281-305-0274 to request a free estimate.
Concrete Maintenance Tips
Fall is the perfect time to perform some easy maintenance tasks that can improve the longevity of your concrete surfaces. By completing the three activities below, you’ll keep your concrete looking great year round.
Prune Bushes and Trees
One of the great things about our state is the lush foliage we get to enjoy thanks to the warm temperatures and high humidity. While all these trees, bushes, and plants are great to look at, they can cause damage to concrete surfaces if not maintained properly. The weight of overgrown branches can break due to high winds or accumulated moisture from storms. If these broken limbs fall on your patio, driveway, or other concrete slabs, they could damage the surface. Additionally, although ice storms are rare here in Houston, they do happen. If your trees and bushes overhang your concrete surfaces, ice may not melt properly, and that may also cause damage to the slab.
Remove Planters and Furniture
As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to remove outdoor furniture such as tables, chairs, and planters for a few reasons. Doing do will protect these belongings from exposure to the changing weather conditions that come in fall and winter, but it can also protect your concrete slab from damage. If high winds kick up and knock over your grill or other piece of furniture, the result may be a chip out of your concrete. This single chip can compromise the surface and allow moisture to seep below. Additionally, once all of the items are removed from your patio, it’s easier to sweep away debris and inspect for cracks that may have appeared since your last inspection.
Reseal and Repair
If your cement slab appears to be in good condition when you clean and inspect it, you can go ahead and apply a sealant that will protect it from moisture during the upcoming rainy season. If, however, during the course of your sweeping and inspection, you notice areas where your expansion joints have separated or there are cracks in your slab, repairs may be needed. Either of these conditions can result in your concrete sinking or otherwise becoming uneven. If this is the case, not only are activities like sweeping much more difficult, the appearance and safety of your cement surface may be compromised. Contacting a reputable concrete lifting company, like Tilted Concrete Solutions, is your best bet for ensuring your concrete slab is restored to its rightful position.
Houston Concrete Lifting Solutions
When it comes to home maintenance, we understand that you want the process to be as easy and painless as possible. If your fall maintenance activities are complicated by sunken concrete surfaces, Tilted Concrete Solutions can help you! Our process of concrete lifting relies on an innovative, self-expanding polyurethane foam that beats the competition in terms of efficiency, strength, and reliability. Even better, the foam used in our services is sourced locally right here in Texas and was designed with our unique soil composition in mind. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Ready to get a leg up on your fall maintenance? Call us today to request a free estimate!