Preventing Capillary Breaks

Concrete is a very hard material it can and does crack, and it soaks up water like a sponge. In fact the holes and passageways within concrete resemble a sponge

A capillary break when referred to in the concrete construction arena is any substance that will prevent water from moving between separately placed concrete structures and moving between concrete and any other building material that touches the wet concrete.

As an example, when building a foundation for any structure, we use concrete which is very porous (like a sponge) and we place this concrete on or in the earth. When there is water present, and the usually is, the concrete sucks that water in, this water will travel through the concrete until it exits as water vapor, or comes in contact with any material that is touching this piece of concrete. When the water touches another surface, it now becomes saturated.

When we build a concrete foundation, we dig a huge hole in the ground and pour a concrete sponge in the hole. Or we place a slab of the sponge like concrete directly on the ground. Concrete is just like a sponge when it comes in contact with water, the water is pulled into the concrete by what we call capillary action. Concrete is like a sponge as it is very porous and pulls water into it. This capillary action continues as long as water is in contact with the initial concrete surface. This movement of water will continue until it exits as water vapor, or comes in contact or will saturate any material that is touching this piece of waterlogged concrete.

This is why it is essential to use Concrete Treat for your concrete surfaces, to prevent water from seeping in and causing unwanted cracks.  Click here to learn more about Concrete Treat or call 855-906-5851.

 

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