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Question DetailsAsked on 9/23/2013

Disintegrating concrete driveway

I had a concrete driveway installed. To be picture frame and swirl around the entire perimeter. At the brick part of the house by the garage door, there is no picture frame and a yard light electrical line into the house is covered by concrete. This area is literally breaking apart. The driveway is less than 2 years old.
There are no trees. There has not been harsh winters; mild winters. What can I do?

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Assuming you have not been ice melting or salting the heck out of that area:

I can only assume that it was not cured correctly, or if they mixed on site got the mix wrong for that first pour, did not water cure that section, or forgot to put curing compound on that area when they poured it. Another possibility is if it was the last panels poured (unlikely, usually work from house to street), they added water for increased workability because the mix was getting stiff and got the water-cement ratio too high, which destroys strength and frost resistance. One other possibility is they forgot to add the air entraining agent till after that section was done, so it had no frost resistance.

Talk to the original contractor about replacing those panels.

If he refuses and says it is out of warranty, about all you can do unless you have a longer specific warranty is ding him on an Angie's List review, and get another concrete contractor to bush hammer it (break out the broken surface) and do an epoxy concrete "skim coat" overlay, or to jackhammer out and replace those blocks. If cracked through and through, has to be replaced - cannot be fixed reasonably.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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