Is Honeycombing a Reason to Call a Basement Waterproofing Contractor? Evans City, PA
Have you noticed voids in your foundation? In many instances, these are what are known as honeycombs. While it could be tempting to ignore them, they can escalate into an even more severe issue.
One of the most critical steps in constructing a concrete foundation is the pouring of concrete. However, mistakes often do occur in this phase. The consistency of the concrete may not be even before it sets, or the concrete may have been too stiff. Honeycombing is an effect that results from mistakes made during the pouring of the concrete.
Honeycombs form in concrete foundations when air bubbles get trapped within the concrete and not removed before it sets. These air bubbles result in the formation of cavities (or honeycombs).
Honeycombs can also result from poorly mixed concrete. If the contractor used the wrong ratios during the mixing phase, the resulting structure would be weak. It may form when the water and the aggregates of the concrete separate.
Honeycombs may also be as a result of a lack of proper reinforcement of the foundation. If the contractor fails to place steel bars in the right positions and intervals, the foundation will be weak. Inadequate support may also result if the steel bars are not appropriately covered. Moisture that penetrates the concrete may cause the bars to rust.
What to do?
Honeycombing is often a cosmetic issue. However, it can become a structural issue when left unattended. If you’ve noticed voids in your concrete foundation, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a basement waterproofing contractor.
A professional contractor will inspect your foundation and determine whether the problem runs much deeper than the surface. The contractor will also check your home to determine the root cause of any foundation problems you may be experiencing.
If you’re worried about the cost of having your foundation inspected, then you should look for contractors that provide free inspections.
If the problem is a structural issue, the contractor may ask you to contact a structural engineer for further information and assistance. If the problem is easy to resolve by basement waterproofing, the contractor will provide you with a proposal for the solution they think would work best for you.
Avoid trying to repair the honeycombing with superficial repair methods such as caulking or injections. These will only serve to improve the aesthetics of the concrete foundation while allowing the issue to become worse.
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