Some cracking is bound to happen when dealing with concrete, and though it is difficult to totally eliminate it, certain steps can be taken to minimize cracking so its likelihood of creating more serious problems is reduced.
More than just preventing cracks, curing paves the way for the strength development and durability of concrete so it can withstand freezing and thawing, and able to resist abrasions and scaling. Properly cured concrete does not necessarily lack cosmetic cracks, but the cracks are typically easily filled over without affecting the structural integrity of a building.
Sometimes, it’s the little touches that seal the deal when it’s time for your house to change hands: mature oak trees, a backyard swing, a place to barbecue, a Zen garden, a birdbath or a fountain. Even better, garden fixture need not be oversized or over-the-top to provide an accent where one is needed. A well-thought out pathway or a strategically placed bird bath amid the greenery can be all it takes to make your house look and feel homey, a place where the next owner can truly relax in.
Nothing can be more damaging to a home's foundation than standing water. This could either come from rain water pooling up around the foundation, or seepage from a burst pipe. As concrete foundations are porous, it's important to install functional gutters and water channeling systems to keep your foundations dry. Otherwise, the break down in concrete may cause the foundation to shift, which manifests in terms of cracks in the ceiling or in the wall.