Concrete

Video: Addressing Drainage Concerns with Concrete

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — Sarah Rutan: To avoid long-term problems with a concrete driveway or foundation, it’s crucial to address drainage concerns prior to installation. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Russell Calhoon of Paradigm Concrete & Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Russell Calhoon: So, when I go out to a job to look at a project, the first thing I look at is to try to find where the water goes. So, I will walk up to your house. I will see if there are drains in the curb. And if there are not, then we know that we have to try to get the water away from the house. Read more

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Video: Making the Most of a Concrete Project

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — Sarah Rutan: Prior to having concrete work done, make sure you’re getting the maximum value for your dollar. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Russell Calhoon of Paradigm Concrete & Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Russell Calhoon: Most concrete contractors have a minimum job that they will do. Let’s say it’s, you know, $1,500. Well, you might only have 1 small project that you’re thinking about. Then you believe that that’s not – it’s too much money for a $1,500 job. So, it’s best to look around and see if you can find other projects you can do at the same time to get more value for your dollar. Read more

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Video: Concrete Cleaning Caveat

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — Sarah Rutan: When cleaning recently poured concrete, you’ll need to exercise caution to avoid causing accidental damage. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Russell Calhoon of Paradigm Concrete & Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Russell Calhoon: If you have recently had concrete placed in your home, it’s not a good idea to hose down the concrete the next day in the daylight hours. If you feel like you want to cool it down, which is a good idea to help prevent some cracking, it’s best to do it in the evening, when the water can’t dry up on the concrete and create blotchiness or efflorescence. Read more

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Often-Overlooked Aspects of a Concrete Project

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — If you’re planning a concrete project, be sure to consider the following aspects:

Minimum cost

Most concrete contractors have a minimum charge for concrete work. If you only have one small project in mind, it might not meet that minimum charge, in which case you may end up overpaying to have it done. For this reason, it’s good to look around and see if there are any other small projects you can incorporate into the job. This will help you get more value for your money.

Drainage

This is a critical aspect of any concrete project. When water isn’t able to properly drain from the area beneath and around the installation, Read more

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The Importance of Controlling Groundwater

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SOQUEL — One of the most overlooked sources of potential damage to a home is inadequate soil drainage. When water is allowed to collect around the perimeter of a home, it can lead to numerous problems, including foundation settlement, termite infestation and the growth of harmful fungi like dry rot. As a homeowner, the most important thing you can do to protect your investment is control the groundwater outside of your house.

There are a few proactive steps you can take to control exterior groundwater. One is to avoid situating plants right next to your home’s foundation or attaching planter boxes to your home’s exterior. Even more important is to make sure the ground outside your home is properly graded, Read more

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Video: Preventing Concrete Stains

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: Since concrete is a porous material, it is prone to stains from liquids such as motor oil. Today, we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Charles Lee of California Concrete – Pump Pros to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Charles Lee: Just a quick tip I’d like to tell consumers is concrete is a porous product and what that means is that concrete, even though it looks very hard and sturdy, it will absorb water like a sponge. Any type of stain that you put on the concrete whether it be red wine or motor oil, it will slowly seep into the concrete itself. Read more

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Video: Solving a Common Concrete Issue

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Host, Sarah Rutan: When laying concrete during a home project, one of the most common problems is cracks forming in your concrete. Today we’re in Citrus Heights with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gary Kluck of Quality First Home Improvement to learn one tip on how to prevent cracks in your concrete.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary Kluck: Concrete work, although it may look easy, its more complicated than you may think for sidewalks, driveways, patio covers.

One of the things you want to do is prevent cracking and in order to prevent cracking you should water down your ground before you pour. Then after you pour the concrete, Read more

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