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Concrete Pitting, Flaking, & Staining

Homeowners across North Carolina cherish their homes, which includes ensuring the longevity and pristine condition of their concrete surfaces. 

Issues such as concrete pitting, flaking, and staining can mar the integrity and aesthetics of these surfaces. Even though these problems might appear superficial at first, they hint at deeper troubles that could aggravate if left unchecked. 

At Tar Heel Basement Systems, we are adept at these challenges, proposing dependable solutions that maintain your home’s worth and visual charm. Our revolutionary SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting system addresses the core issues, stopping them from returning. 

This page elaborates on the usual concerns of concrete pitting, flaking, and staining, and why professional solutions are imperative for your home’s safety and longevity. 

Understanding Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining 

Concrete pitting, flaking, and staining, though seemingly diverse in their presentations, share a lineage to similar underlying causes. 

Concrete Pitting 

Concrete pitting manifests as small, uneven depressions on the concrete’s exterior, indicating inherent structural frailty. Such defects are often the result of hiccups during the concrete production phase. 

Concrete Flaking 

Concrete flaking is observed as a shedding surface that, though akin to pitting in looks, emerges due to environmental factors like excessive moisture and varying weather conditions. 

Concrete Staining 

When it comes to staining, it’s about changes in the concrete’s color brought on by external contaminants such as oil spills or mud. This not only alters the look but can gradually weaken the concrete’s structure. 

Each of these issues, though distinct, signals that the concrete’s health is at stake. Neglecting these superficial troubles can lead to escalated complications. 

Driveways, sidewalks, pool decks, porches, patios, and steps are all vulnerable to these defects. Swift action and professional repair can prevent the degradation of these concrete surfaces. When these imperfections catch your eye, consider it a cue to reach out to Tar Heel Basement Systems. 

Root Causes of Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining 

These visual defects in the concrete are not mere surface problems. They hint at deeper structural issues within the concrete matrix. However, the exact triggers for pitting, flaking, and staining vary. 

Causes of Concrete Pitting 

The foundation for concrete pitting is often laid during its formation. Imperfections in the mixing or curing stages can result in weak areas. With time and pressure, these vulnerabilities manifest as pits on the surface. 

Causes of Concrete Flaking 

Environmental wear and tear primarily cause flaking. As concrete gets older, exposure to moisture and other elements causes surface erosion. Even built-in structures like gutters or external sources like sprinklers can exacerbate this process. 

Causes of Concrete Staining 

Oil, dirt, or other foreign substances interacting with the concrete or the surrounding earth can result in staining. This not only discolors the surface but can also destabilize the concrete’s base over time, potentially causing it to sink. 

Grasping these subtle distinctions and addressing them promptly and adequately ensures a comprehensive repair. Tar Heel Basement Systems stands out with its expertise in crafting fixes tailored to the unique nature of each issue. 

Are There Solutions for Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining 

Yes, there are remedies for these concrete woes. However, to ensure that the solutions stand the test of time, one must adopt a well-rounded strategy. 

It’s not just about superficial fixes. Mere patchwork or coatings might offer a temporary respite, but for enduring results, the root causes need to be addressed. 

Tar Heel Basement Systems’ Strategy for Concrete Repairs 

Tar Heel Basement Systems diverges from traditional patch-up jobs. We deploy the advanced SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injection technique. This dual-action solution not only offers stability to the ground beneath but also rejuvenates the ailing concrete slabs. 

Our methodical approach for this state-of-the-art system involves: 

  • Thorough initial inspection to pinpoint the exact issue. 
  • Drilling minuscule holes into the concrete. 
  • Inserting specialized injection ports. 
  • Preparing our exclusive closed-cell foam. 
  • Injecting this dense foam beneath the concrete. 
  • Allowing the foam to solidify (typically within 15 minutes). 
  • Verifying that the concrete has been elevated and stabilized. 
  • Removing the injection ports. 
  • Perfectly sealing and smoothing the holes. 
  • Additional sealing to guard against future cracks and damage. 
  • Regular checks and maintenance to ensure the longevity of the repair. 

Our exclusive SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ system, curated at Tar Heel Basement Systems, pledges unmatched support and longevity to your concrete installations. 

Why Address Concrete Cosmetic Flaws Now 

Homeowners might be tempted to overlook or postpone addressing cosmetic issues in their concrete surfaces, believing them to be merely superficial or aesthetic concerns. However, these “cosmetic” flaws are often early warning signs of underlying structural problems. Addressing them promptly not only ensures the longevity of your concrete installations but also saves significant time and resources in the long run. 

Additionally, the aesthetic appeal of a property plays a vital role in determining its value. Unsightly concrete flaws can diminish a property’s curb appeal, potentially affecting its resale value. Furthermore, what starts as a minor cosmetic issue can quickly escalate into a major structural hazard, posing risks to safety and incurring higher repair costs in the future. Proactively addressing these concerns demonstrates a commitment to maintaining both the beauty and the integrity of a property. 

Choose Tar Heel Basement Systems for Trustworthy Concrete Solutions 

Concrete anomalies like pitting, flaking, and staining not only mar the beauty but also pose risks. Avoid mere superficial remedies. Depend on Tar Heel Basement Systems for unparalleled concrete solutions. Get in touch with us today for a complimentary, no-commitment evaluation, and let us rejuvenate your property. 

Our proficiency combined with our exclusive products ensures results that last. For over 15 years, homeowners across North Carolina have entrusted us with their concrete restoration and protection needs. We invite you to discover this excellence. 


An annual inspection is what we suggest. However, any abrupt change in appearance warrants immediate attention. With Tar Heel Basement Systems handling your concrete lifting, you can avail of our yearly service and maintenance plans. Our experts revisit annually to ensure your concrete’s continued protection. Reach out to learn more. 

Though pitting can manifest years post the concrete pour, once it starts, it tends to escalate swiftly, culminating in cracks and voids. Immediate intervention is crucial for proper identification and remedy. Get in touch with Tar Heel Basement Systems for a free review and quote if you discern anomalies in your property’s concrete. 

Vehicle oil drippings can seep into concrete pores, reacting with the concrete and producing dark marks. Regular cleaning and sealing can thwart this. Intense stains and chemicals can infiltrate the concrete, weakening its makeup, leading to cracks and sinking. Tar Heel Basement Systems safeguards compromised concrete with our innovative concrete lifting mechanism. Contact us to know more and to book a free evaluation and estimate. 


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