With all concrete structures cracks can occur due to settling, seismic activity, extreme temperatures and even traffic. If ignored, cracks can leak, causing damage to the structure itself as well as vehicles and other property.
The best way to protect against damage is through regular inspections and maintenance. Look for cracks and/or leaks in walls, floors and ceilings. Even there is no water or mud present, rust stains or efflorescence (white-ish, chalky substance) on these surfaces can indicate leakage.
Proper maintenance can alleviate the need for major corrective actions later. The timely repair of minor cracks and or leaks will protect and preserve your concrete structure for many years to come.
The most effective way to prevent cracks, leaks and expensive future repairs is to use Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) admixture. When added to the concrete mix, KIM cures to form crystals that fill the spaces between concrete particles, block water penetration and permanently sealing concrete from the inside out. When minor cracks form, KIM reacts with incoming water to self-seal them, saving maintenance and repair costs. Because KIM is added directly to the concrete mix, KIM saves construction time and costs associated with installing convention external membranes.