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3 Ways Concrete Becomes Damaged

Typically when you notice concrete cracking, chipping, or unevenness, the damage is still salvageable. However, if you continue to put off repair, the issues will worsen beyond a repair situation to a replacement situation.

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Companies around the Kansas City area, including PolyMagic, specialize in a process called “polyjacking” which drills tiny holes (5/8″) and injects polyurethane material to naturally raise the concrete to a stable and even surface. However, in other situations when the damages are beyond repair, concrete replacement is needed. Before we understand the process of replacement, let’s explore the 3 ways concrete becomes damaged to be aware of the situations, and also to protect your concrete from these.

#1: Exposure to Weather Elements

According to, the American Concrete Institute report “Cold Weather Concreting” (ACI 306R-88) defines cold weather as follows. This report has been the accepted standard for cold weather concrete for years.

Cold weather is defined as a period when, for more than 3 consecutive days, the following conditions exist: The average daily air temperature is less than 40 F and the air temperature is not greater than 50 F for more than one-half of any 24-hour period. The average daily air temperature is the average of the highest and the lowest temperatures occurring during the period from midnight to midnight.

As Kansas City and the Midwest are known for their four seasons, which is such an amazing part of living here, residents can experience dramatic weather changes and extreme temperatures in many months out of the year. If you look at the timeframe between October and March, Kansas City will see a 70 degree day and within 12 hours, hit 20 degrees with sleet and snow. The weather elements are extreme, which can most definitely wreck havoc on your concrete. Be mindful of chemicals you are placing on your driveway, sidewalks, patios, porches, and garage approaches. Click here to view a list of the 10 Best Ice Melts for Concrete Driveways from

Utilizing one of those options on your driveway when the snow and ice hit can keep your concrete safe and in better shape for a longer period of time.

#2: Faulty Foundation

When your foundation isn’t stable or solid, the concrete will crack, crumble, or become uneven. This is a natural process because the concrete isn’t able to adhere to anything if the foundation and soil is not in good shape. The foundation is essentially the “base” to all of the concrete and should be laid properly and be a licensed, experienced, and insured concrete contractor.


#3 of 3 Ways Concrete Becomes Damaged: Age and Natural Settlement

With anything else, natural settlement and age play a factor in damaged concrete. The older a property is, the older the concrete, soil, and foundation are; which results in sinking, cracking, and crumbling areas. A void can form under a concrete slab, causing concrete issues. The result is an uneven and unstable surface that can become unsafe, aesthetically displeasing, and even pose a trip hazard. The process of lifting or repairing the concrete must occur at this point. DS Concrete has the best of both worlds because our crew can not only replace concrete and lay new, but they can also repair concrete by using the process of polyjacking.

Kansas City’s DS Concrete offers flatwork for the following applications:  

  • Large Residential Projects
  • Commercial Projects
    • Footings
    • Walls for Additions
    • Stamped – Color Options 
    • Patios
    • Driveways
    • Sidewalks
    • Commercial Slabs
    • Parking Lots
    • Basement Slabs

Are you ready to have a free evaluation on your concrete situation? Let the team at DS Concrete help you! Reach out today to schedule your time: (816) 765-4800

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