Concrete Repair and Upkeep: Tips for All Seasons

Welcome to my concrete blog. My name is Helen, and I hate stumbling over old and broken concrete. It makes a home, business or even a whole neighborhood look old and unkempt. To make the world a more beautiful place, I have decided to create this blog. In it, I plan to post everything I have learned about concrete over the years. I plan to include everything from maintenance schedules to upkeep tips to simple repairs to financial risks of broken concrete. If you have a patch of concrete anywhere on your property, I hope you enjoy the information in this blog and learn something new from it.

Three Critical Services from GPR Concrete Inspection Companies


Ground penetrating radar is a critical technology in the assessment of concrete in your home. Basically, this technique involves the use of special equipment that can emit radar pulses. The waves will penetrate the concrete feature, and these signals will be deflected, depending on the nature of the pertinent structure. The collected feedback from the ground can be used to create a visual image of the internal configuration of the concrete structure. If you are planning to perform concrete renovations or other forms of modification in your home, you should consider hiring a GPR inspection company for assessment. Here is a brief description of the critical concrete evaluation services that they can provide.

Rebar and Conduit Location 

The GPR technology is advantageous if you are planning on performing renovations that will involve drilling your concrete structures. These types of projects include drain installation, data cabling network setup and electrical and plumbing outfitting. The radar will help in identifying the critical structures in the concrete features that could be damaged by the drilling activity. The most important features that you should be concerned about are rebar and existing conduits. The reinforcing bars are often incorporated into concrete to improve the structural integrity of the structure. In addition, damage to existing electrical, data or plumbing conduits will result in expensive repairs. GPR assessment can prevent potential mishaps.

Concrete Fault Detection

Concrete is popular in the construction industry because the material is strong and durable. However, structures built from the material are still susceptible to damage due to issues like poor installation, ground instability and erosion. It is important to identify the structural problems in your concrete before performing any home refurbishment work. If the material is faulty, the structure might collapse when disturbed. GPR inspection can identify faults and help you make an informed decision on potential improvement work. For example, the radar pulses will show the presence of voids and thin in the concrete. You can reinforce the concrete before attempting to modify your home to prevent premature collapse.

Mapping Concrete Performance

You can engage a GPR concrete inspection company when you are not planning a refurbishment project. The technicians will provide assistance in mapping out the performance of your concrete buildings to predict the lifespan. In simple terms, all concrete structures are prone to eventual degradation, so you should know what to expect over time. In addition, the mapped out radar images on the built structures can help you develop a maintenance plan that slows down the rate of concrete wear. 


8 April 2016