How Salt and Sand Can Lead to Concrete Issues in Ashland, Ohio

Monday, December 27th, 2021 by Leslie Uphouse

Whether it’s a cracking driveway, pitting concrete sidewalks, or a crumbling stoop, what you put on your concrete during the winter can have a major impact. When water freezes and thaws over and over, it can cause the surface of your concrete driveway to crack, pit, and crumble.

Concrete is porous, so it soaks up water at the surface. When temperatures drop below freezing, the water turns into ice, which expands and breaks the walls of those tiny pores, weakening the concrete. You probably won't notice this damage at first but it worsens exponentially with every freeze and thaw cycle until the pitting and flaking become obvious to the naked eye.

Sprinkling salt on your driveway and sidewalks doesn't help either. Not only does it assist the cycle, but the salt itself accelerates the breakdown of concrete by causing corrosion under the surface, leading to cracked and crumbling concrete. The key to protecting your driveway for the long term is to seal it from the elements. Sealing your driveway may seem like a no-brainer, but many homeowners forget this simple step only to regret it years later when it becomes necessary to replace or resurface their driveway.

The Basement Guys are here for you. We can seal your concrete as well as repair and level if there is sinking or cracking. Book your free, no-obligation estimate and have a trained contractor diagnose your concrete issues. We will offer the right solution for the concrete around your Ashland, OH home!