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Old 04-11-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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I have a concrete patio poored in my back yard at a home I recently bought. There is no expansion joint up against the foundation of the home or against a brick bar that was also built in the back yard. I understand that there should be one there. What can I do now to help prevent the cement from becoming totally ruined in the future. I am ok with a little chipping and cracking or cement around the foundation, but If it is going to cause major problems what can I do to prevent them. The slab poored against the foundation has started to chip a little bit after 4 years. I can live with how it looks now and even a little more chipping, but I don't want to have to replace the whole slab in the future. Any suggestions???

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Old 04-11-2013, 11:19 AM   #2
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I am at work no pictures until later today
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too bad you didn't think to tell anyone where you live,,, so, based on what you post, do nothing since you can live w/small chips & spalls
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I live in Illinois. So very cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Here are some pictures of the problem area any advice or suggestions would be great!!!
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So i assume the stained concrete butts up against the other slab and there's no expansion joint between the two??
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there is a joint there, but there is no material in between the 2 slabs. i believe this is a contraction joint or crack line. here is a picture
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Yeah there should have been expansion joint between the two slabs,and there was no expansion joint needed when the slab against the house was poured,because the stained slab and bar was not there.
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what do you recommend i do to correct the problem
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what do you recommend i do to correct the problem

If it was mine,i'd just leave well enough alone,but that's entirely up to you,my guess is if anything doe's move it would be the bar,so just keep an eye on it and hope for the best.
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I really don't see any problems that need rectifying, personally. It looks like normal, acceptable wear to me. Concrete, like any other material, isn't perfect, especially when placed outdoors. It's not something you should worry about.
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I agree with Mort, nothing that needs fixin' right now. probably have more issues with heave in the winter than expansion in the summer. if it was me I'm pour myself a nice tall cool one with an umbrella in it and watch the slab to see if anything happens ...... worst things in life
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sounds good. thanks for the advice. does anyone think I should cut expansion joints between the slabs and between the slabs and foundation now. I would be cutting expansion joints in after the fact.
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sounds good. thanks for the advice. does anyone think I should cut expansion joints between the slabs and between the slabs and foundation now. I would be cutting expansion joints in after the fact.


There's no need to do anything at this time.
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nothing more than sit back and relax

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