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ajvas1 08-02-2014 01:00 PM

Cratering in our Driveway Different from Every other Driveway in Development!
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We live in a housing development with many townhouses and many driveways. We purchased new about 6 years ago. This thread will be based on included pictures I am guessing. I have two things going on now:

#1. The cratering of the concrete covers our entire driveway, the path to our door, and the sidewalk at the end of our very very short driveway. You can see small stones in the craters. If you go left OR right, none of the houses or driveways have this kind of damage/wearing---Why my concrete and no one else's?

#2. The proverbial rust stain left from a car AFTER the cratering problem. I would assume using a power-washer would just chip away more of my driveway, so I suppose I would be looking for more of a chemical solution that would not cause my driveway to deteriorate further.

Pictures show #1-closeup of cratering damage #2. Entire driveway and sidewalk...the cratering is nonexistent on both the left and right of picture. #3. The rust stain discussed (and the deterioration all in one)

bryce 08-02-2014 02:19 PM

These are questions to ask your housing attendant. He's there for a reason.

JoeD 08-02-2014 06:51 PM

Looks like spalling. Do you use salt on drive and walks in the winter?

ajvas1 08-02-2014 07:28 PM

Concrete "Spalling" and HOA

Originally Posted by JoeD (Post 109029)
Looks like spalling. Do you use salt on drive and walks in the winter?

That's the thing, I meant to say that we most definitely do NOT salt our driveway. Any salt would have come from vehicles in see how it travels ALL the way out to the sidewalk...Its almost like that entire section was poured at once during construction.

Anyway, while we await word from HOA (which will probably just threaten to fine us, not help us), this is not a situation that can be "patched"....the entire driveway would have to be re-poured?

The more immediate concern is the rust staining since we can wait on the concrete, but may get fines for the staining...any suggestions on how to handle the rust? Thank You for ALL posters...I realize you are taking your own valuable time to write these responses and I do not take that for granted. BOTH my wife and myself recently lost our jobs, so your advice is truly appreciated.

(One thought: Our driveway seems to be at the focal point of a VERY gradual sloping to our left and right. When we had large snow melts, a small lake would collect at the foot of our driveway. Could this salty solution being tracked onto our driveway over and over really be the cause? I mean there is ZERO spalding/damage on neighbors houses in either direction.)

ajvas1 08-02-2014 07:31 PM

The housing attendant must be the guy we call who is in charge of the development who simply says our warranty is up...not much help there.

oldognewtrick 08-02-2014 07:34 PM

Sorry to hear about your loss of jobs, its definitely still tough times no matter what we hear from the media.

What about trying a little CLR in a small section and see if it removes the rust?

Oh, and :welcome: to House Repair Talk!

CallMeVilla 08-02-2014 09:02 PM

The rust can be removed mechanically using a wire disk in an angle grinder. Why? Because you should recoat the driveway. By grinding the rust off, you remove it economically. If the spalling is really deep, you can prep the driveway with some RapidSet mortar (dries to 5,000 psi) before recoating.

Here is how it gets done. HAVE FUN

ajvas1 08-03-2014 11:04 AM

Thanks Everyone!

nealtw 08-03-2014 11:39 PM

Concrete installed in hot weather and allowed to dry to fast, the surface will not be as hard as it should be.

slownsteady 08-07-2014 07:27 PM

Is the driveway considered part of the common property or is it under your ownership? That will determine a lot of what the HOA can say or do.

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