May 19, 2006, Newsletter Issue #16: Reducing Capillaries in Concrete

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Capillaries are teeny-weeny channels that form in concrete during the the curing process after excess water needed to make the concrete flow properly has evaporated. Like death and taxes, capillaries are inevitable, no matter how high a quality of concrete you make. They are almost impossible to eliminate, but they can me keep to a minimum by following a few simple steps. If you don't want to find yourself searching for a guide to basement concrete foundation repair in an attempt to fix horrendous damage, try the following: 1. Keep the water to cement ratio to a minimum (less water). 2. Control the curing and cure for as long as possible. 3. Add a high tech substance to the concrete (Admixture). 4. All of the above.

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