In winter weather, companies should pay particular attention to the maintenance of their industrial concrete surfaces. Cold temperatures, snow, and ice can be harsh on these surfaces, leading to potential damage if not properly maintained. At Evans Construction, we understand the importance of keeping these surfaces in top-notch condition, so here are some essential winter maintenance tips to ensure your concrete surfaces remain safe and durable throughout the cold season.
The first step in winter maintenance is to keep the surface clean. As simple as it may seem, removing dirt, debris, and leaves can significantly decrease the chances of water seepage, which can lead to cracks and potholes when frozen. Using a stiff-bristled broom, sweep away any debris and ensure that the surface is as clean as possible before the cold sets in.
Seal the Surface:
Sealing your concrete is an effective way to protect it from the harmful effects of winter. A high-quality sealer will act as a barrier against water penetration, reducing the risk of freeze-thaw cycles which can compromise the concrete’s structural integrity. At Evans Construction, we recommend applying a sealer well before the onset of winter to provide optimal protection.
Prompt Snow and Ice Removal:
Ice can be a concrete surface’s worst enemy during winter. Not only can it make the surface slippery and dangerous, but the freeze-thaw cycles can also lead to significant damage. To prevent this, promptly remove snow and ice from your industrial concrete surfaces. Rather than using metal shovels which can scratch the surface, opt for plastic shovels, or snow blowers.
Avoid De-icing Chemicals:
While it may be tempting to use de-icing chemicals to melt away snow and ice quickly, these can be detrimental to concrete surfaces. Chemicals like rock salt can cause surface scaling and can penetrate the concrete, leading to rebar corrosion. Instead, consider using sand to provide traction or look for concrete-safe de-icing products.
Winter can be unpredictable. Hence, regular inspections of your concrete surfaces are crucial. Check for any signs of wear, cracks, or damage. Addressing small issues immediately can prevent them from becoming larger, more costly problems in the future.
Address Cracks Promptly:
If you spot any cracks, it’s essential to deal with them promptly. Water can seep into these cracks, and when it freezes, it expands, causing the crack to widen. Employ a concrete filler or sealant for small cracks and for larger ones, it might be wise to seek professional repair services.
Ensure Proper Drainage:
Water is a significant concern during winter. Ensure that your industrial concrete surfaces have appropriate drainage to prevent water from pooling. Standing water can freeze and cause damage. Installing slopes or drains can direct water away from the concrete, thus preserving its integrity.
Winter can be tough on industrial concrete surfaces. However, with the right maintenance practices, you can ensure they remain durable and safe. By following these winter maintenance tips for industrial concrete surfaces, you not only prolong the life of your investment but also provide a safe environment for your employees and machinery. If you have questions or need assistance with your concrete maintenance this winter, don’t hesitate to reach out to Evans Construction. We’re here to help!