How to Avoid Concrete Cracks

Doug EnrightJanuary 29, 2015

Ever been on a walk and caught your foot in a concrete crack or asphalt pothole? If so, you know how painful it can be. While most concrete cracks aren’t that serious, if left unattended for a while, they can grow and become an issue for those using sidewalks and walkways. Here’s how to avoid concrete cracks and keep your ankles safe.

Avoiding Concrete Cracks

The number one way to avoid concrete cracks is to ensure concrete is maintained throughout its lifetime. Depending on where the concrete is, different people may be in charge of maintaining it. If you notice issues with the concrete, such as cracks, you’ll want to report it to who is in charge of maintaining it. If you can’t find information to do that, call the city and report it to them who will either take care of it or give you information to contact who does.

If concrete is showing signs of wear and tear, it’ll begin cracking. These cracks usually start at the edge of a concrete block and work their way in, growing larger and more out of control as time goes on. If it’s a block of concrete that’s heavily traveled, you’ll see a simple crack turn into something much larger very quickly which can cause more issues when left unfixed.

Concrete cracks can’t be avoided. Eventually, concrete will start to get chipped and cracked. It’s important to do everything you can before that to extend the lifetime duration of the concrete and once you notice an issue, fill it or repair it the best you can. The worst thing you can do for a concrete crack is to let it go unrepaired for even a short amount of time, this can cause long-term issues that’ll force you to redo a sidewalk or driveway from scratch.

When walking, it’s important to pay attention to the concrete in front of you if that’s what you’re working on. This will help you avoid bigger cracks and avoid injury.

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