Signs of Concrete Cancer

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

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 Tiles

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.

Concrete Cancer

If you suspect it?

If you suspect there are signs of Concrete cancer or concrete spalling in a building that you own, it is necessary to first gain an expert opinion to assess the damage.   If there is Concrete spalling present, then Solace Building services recommends to proceed with a solution that is specific to the problem. These services are handled by partner company Condok Remedial. See more of their services below.
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