When Should You Skip DIY Concrete Repair and Call a Professional?

Despite concrete’s strength and durability, it’s going to experience some level of cracking at some point. If your concrete driveway, sidewalk, or patio is beginning to show signs of aging, it’s best to make the necessary repairs sooner rather than later. Luckily, repairing small cracks in concrete is an easy enough project that any DIYer can undertake. However, in some cases, the job is too large for a homeowner to complete alone.

But how do you know when you should call a professional? Read on to learn when you should skip the DIY and call a professional.

You Notice Signs of Structural Cracking

Generally speaking, cracked concrete can be classified into two groups: structural and non-structural. Although non-structural cracks and hairline cracks are visually unappealing, they are not detrimental to building integrity. Homeowners are often able to repair these smaller types of cracks. 

However, if you notice structural cracks that are affecting the integrity of your home or building, then it’s time to call a professional. These type of cracks can affect a  number of areas including: 

  • Load bearing areas
  • Support beams
  • Columns 

You Need Concrete Repair to Reduce the Risk of Water Damage

Many areas of concern start small but can worsen over time, especially when exposed to water. This type of repair should be done properly by a certified concrete expert as it can affect the look and value of the home. If there is water trapped under the surface of the concrete, it will continue to cause water damage and cracking. Furthermore, cold weather will eventually turn the water into ice, thus causing further damage from expansion.

You Have Sunken Concrete in Need of Repair

Sunken sidewalk concrete outside of your home or business is a trip hazard for pedestrians. Oftentimes, home and business owners attempt to correct the problem themselves by concrete patching their sidewalk in hopes of saving money. Despite their intentions, this is not a long-term solution and will likely worsen the situation down the road and at a higher cost.

There Are Issues with Your Drainage

Concrete damage related to driveway drainage or a gutter system is not a DIY concrete repair job. Not only will the concrete need to be repaired, but the drainage system as well. If an inexperienced individual does not fully understand the extent of the problem, then the water could cause further erosion and damage that would be costly to repair later.

You Need Concrete Repair to Prevent Further Issues

A certified concrete professional will take the necessary steps to provide long-term solutions to reduce the chances of cracks becoming a recurring issue. We know that not everyone has the knowledge and experience to complete the job themselves – and that’s okay. But it’s important to know when you can take on the job yourself and when to call for help.

Contact JBS Construction for a Free Estimate

If you begin noticing recurring cracks or bulging walls around your house, don’t try to fix these yourself as they may indicate a more serious problem. Instead, turn to the professionals at JBS Construction for all of your concrete needs. If you have broken, tilted or uneven concrete, we will evaluate your situation and explain what concrete options are best for you.

We proudly serve Southeast Wisconsin with superior concrete construction service. Contact us today.