Signs of Concrete Cancer
What to look for
Concrete Cancer is notoriously hard to identify. What can seem like some innocent blemishes or cosmetic damage can manifest into something much more sinister. See our guide below to identifying some key symptoms of Concrete Cancer. If you believe you might be experiencing Concrete Cancer or spalling, then contact us directly to assess the project.
5 keys signs
To identify concrete cancer
Areas of excessive moisture
Moisture is often a catalyst for Concrete Cancer. Therefore damp, or constantly exposed areas are at greater risk. Be sure to investigate areas which are prone to pooling water such as areas near garden beds and basement car parks.
A key indicator are water marks on concrete. These should not be ignored.
Rust stains are a common tell tale sign of Concrete Cancer. Steel is a major component in the concrete build process, and if the steel starts to corrode, it expands, creating cracks breaking the concrete. If rust stains then become apparent, then it is a very obvious indicator of Concrete Cancer being present.
Condok Remedial recommend you consult a professional to start remedying the situation.
Calcification or Efflorescence
Where Concrete Cancer can become apparent, a white substance can seem to seep out of the concrete. This can be an indicator to identify Concrete Cancer.
It must be noted that efflorescence is a part of all concrete which contains portland cement. However, this can also be induced by low temperatures and excessive moisture. This symptom is most common in buildings over 15 years old and has a correlation to concrete damage.
Drummy and cracked tiles can be more subtle symptoms that can indicate Concrete Spalling. Tiling that might seem unsteady, or sound strange when walked upon can be a sign of concrete damage underneath.
This needs to be assessed by an expert to see the damage and appropriate remedy.
Cracking or blistering
One of the most obvious signs for Concrete Cancer is clear cracking or blistering of concrete. It is most commonly the steel expanding, which results in cracking away from the reinforcements. If identified early, this issue can be rectified using a number of methods.
If you identify cracking, don’t ignore it, make sure you consult an expert to see the appropriate course of action.