The best way to avoid future costly repairs on your condominium’s parking garage is to complete regular inspections. But that can be easier said than done! A condominium’s parking garage is a huge space and there are plenty of places to look to prevent future issues – where do you even start?!
Noticing problematic issues like water leaks, concrete cracks and ponding is easiest when the parking garage is clean. That’s why it’s important to complete your walk-through with your superintendent after your spring pressure wash. Here are some tips from the experts at Canadian and Design Construction Inc. (CDC) regarding how to spot potential problems in your parking garage.
1. Water Leakage
Although it’s common to have cracks in concrete, large cracks that have water leaking through them should be addressed.
Water leakages in the ceiling can sometimes cause efflorescence, visible as white mineral crystals. Although the crystals themselves are nothing to be concerned with, this is a sign that water is entering the concrete, which can cause serious damage to embedded steel. Efflorescence can also show up on the vertical faces of beams and slabs, which could lead to failure of the post-tensioning system.
When checking for water leaks, also note if there are any rust stains along the walls. Normally, the longer you leave water leaks unattended, the more it will cost you to repair in the future.
2. Ponding Water
Properly constructed parking garages are designed to remain dry and drain water and snow easily. So if there’s pooling water found during your condo parking garage inspection, don’t ignore it! In many cases, ponding water causes concrete to sag, which can lead to water ponding in other areas.
To ensure water ponding does not happen again in your parking garage, complete any necessary repairs to the drains and/or protective waterproof membrane.
3. Cracked Concrete
Pay attention to concrete cracks you find during your inspection. Any crack that’s big enough for water to leak through is a sign of trouble.
There are various types of concrete cracks to be concerned with. If a piece of concrete detaches from a structure, delaminated or spalled concrete occurs. Vertical and horizontal concrete cracks allow water to leak through, which leads to rebar damage.
When water reaches exposed steel, the rebar expands, leading to more damage to the surrounding concrete. These types of serious cracks can compromise the structural integrity of the parking garage and should not be ignored.
Trust CDC with Issues in Your Condo Parking Lot!
At CDC, we have years of experience providing topnotch service to the condominium community. Recognized for various services including parking garage restoration projects, we are committed to ensuring your building remains in excellent shape for many years to come. For more information about what to look for during a parking garage inspection, contact us today by emailing email@example.com or by calling 905-712-1232.
By Sarah McKenzie