Concrete Repair and Maintenance Ideas and Strategies

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Concrete Repair and Maintenance Ideas and Strategies

Hi, my name is Kent, and I have taken care of a lot of concrete over the years. I have acid stained it, laid it myself, repaired small blemishes and hired concrete contractors to do work for me. Through all of those experiences, I have learned a lot about concrete, and I am eager to share that information with others. If you want tips or ideas related to concrete, you have come to the right place. Please, get comfortable and explore. I hope you enjoy this blog and that it informs and inspires you. When I'm not writing or dealing with concrete, I love to travel. I also work as an engineer and spend a lot of time on home remodeling projects.

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What to Ask a Concrete Cutting Service Provider

Hiring a concrete cutting service provider can make quick work of cutting through your home's foundation to add underpinning or get to plumbing pipes and make repairs or upgrades. Whatever your reasons for hiring such a service, you want to ensure they can do the job and get it done right. Note a few things to ask them about the job you may have and whether or not they can handle it for you, and what else might be involved in the work. 

1. Ask how close they can cut to a wall when cutting a floor

If you need to have your basement or garage floor cut, you need to discuss the details with the cutting service provider about how close to the wall they will be cutting. They may need to angle their saws a certain way to get through the concrete, and the saws themselves are often quite large, making it difficult to cut too close to a wall. 

An experienced contractor may be able to cut flush to the wall, but others may not, so always note this before hiring any cutting service. If the job requires a cut adjacent to the wall, be prepared to take measurements if necessary. 

2. How deep of a hole can you drill?

Core drilling, which is a cut made in the shape of a hole and not just a straight saw cut, can be good for creating an opening for plumbing pipes and the like. However, you need to ensure that the contractor can drill as deep as necessary given the surrounding area. A larger drill may not fit in certain areas on your property such as in your basement, and some contractors may not have the right equipment for very deep drilling. If your drilling needs are more than what you might consider standard, be sure you review this with a potential contractor.

3. Do they need water when sawing or drilling?

Some concrete cutting may involve water in order to soften the concrete and cut down on the dust that is created. If so, the contractor may provide their own water supply and should have a means of keeping the work area clean, but note that some water may still splash around and splatter anything near the cut. If they do need to use water for sawing or drilling, be sure you're prepared for some cleanup and also note if they will provide their own water source.

Keep these questions in mind as you contact local drilling companies like Allied Concrete Cutting & Drilling Pty Ltd, and you'll be able to find the right contractor for your job.