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Concrete Pitting, Flaking, & Staining

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Many homeowners take pride in their homes, and that includes the longevity and appearance of their concrete surfaces.  

Damage like concrete pitting, flaking, and staining can compromise the integrity and appearance of these surfaces. While these issues may seem minor initially, they indicate more significant problems that will only worsen without professional repair. 

At Ohio Basement Authority, we understand these challenges and offer reliable solutions that preserve your property’s value and aesthetic appeal. Our innovative SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting system tackles the root causes and prevents them from reoccurring. 

This page highlights the common problems of concrete pitting, flaking, and staining and how professional repairs are key to your home’s safety and longevity. 

What Is Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining? 

While concrete pitting, flaking, and staining may appear distinct in their manifestations, they are closely interrelated issues that stem from common root causes.  

Concrete Pitting 

Concrete pitting appears as tiny, rough, uneven craters on the surface of a concrete structure, signaling internal structural weakness, caused by errors in concrete production. 

Concrete Flaking 

Concrete flaking, while similar in appearance to pitting, is characterized by a flaky concrete surface. Unlike pitting, flaking results from exposure to elements like moisture and weather. 

Concrete Staining 

Concrete staining, on the other hand, refers to discoloration due to external agents like oil or mud that may compromise the concrete’s integrity over time. 

Though unique, these issues share a common thread—they all indicate that the concrete is compromised. If left unchecked, surface-level problems will continue to worsen. 

Concrete pitting, flaking, and staining often accompany other damage, such as cracking and sinking. These issues also can happen on many surfaces, including: 

Further deterioration of these surfaces results unless they are quickly repaired. Contact Ohio Basement Authority for an accurate assessment when you witness these problems. 

What Causes Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining? 

All three problem signs point to compromised structural integrity within the concrete itself. However, the specific mechanisms leading to pitting, flaking, or staining differ. 

Causes of Concrete Pitting 

Errors in the initial mixing process or mishandling during curing can lead to concrete pitting. If the concrete mix isn’t cohesive, tiny air pockets get trapped, resulting in weak spots. 

Later, when pressure is applied, these spots collapse and form pits. Concrete contractors might not always identify these issues immediately, but they generally appear around five years after the concrete pour.  

Causes of Concrete Flaking 

Flaking, meanwhile, often results as concrete ages and endures exposure to the elements. Moisture seeps in, reacting with the alkaline concrete and eroding the surface. Nearby drainpipes, gutters, downspouts, and sprinklers can contribute to flaking. 

Causes of Concrete Staining 

Staining occurs when oil, mud, or other contaminants permeate the concrete or surrounding soil. This can alter the concrete’s chemical composition. It also causes discoloration and can weaken the soil, leading to sinking concrete. 

Understanding the nuances of each issue and fixing them quickly are vital to appropriate, lasting repairs. Ohio Basement Authority’s expertise encompasses solutions tailored to the unique origin of each type of damage. 

Can You Fix Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining? 

Yes, issues such as concrete pitting, flaking, and staining can be fixed. However, adopting a holistic approach is essential to ensure lasting solutions.  

Addressing these issues isn’t just about patching them up. Cosmetic fixes like coating or patching deteriorated concrete are temporary measures. A whole-home solution is needed to get to the root of the problem and prevent future occurrences. 

For concrete restoration that lasts, you need products that lift, support, and strengthen concrete from the inside out. 

How to Fix Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining 

Ohio Basement Authority does not provide conventional techniques like patching, pouring, or mudjacking. Our superior solution—PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections—stabilizes the underlying soil while lifting problematic concrete slabs. 

Our installation process for this unique system includes these essential steps: 

  • Identify the specific issue during a free, thorough inspection
  • Drill small holes, roughly the size of a penny, into the concrete. 
  • Insert injection ports into the drilled holes. 
  • Mix our proprietary closed-cell foam. 
  • Inject the high-density foam underneath the concrete. 
  • Allow the foam to harden (within 15 minutes). 
  • Ensure the concrete is lifted and stabilized. 
  • Remove the injection ports. 
  • Fill and smooth the drilled holes. 
  • Seal cracks and joints to prevent damage. 
  • Consistently inspect and maintain the concrete for longevity. 

Ohio Basement Authority developed proprietary products to guarantee homeowners receive personalized, high-quality solutions. Our PolyRenewal™ system, for instance, offers superior support, ensuring your concrete’s durability. 

Why Address Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining Now 

Prompt action to repair these problems is crucial for many reasons: 

  • Prevention: Addressing these issues early prevents more severe damage in the future. 
  • Home Value: Maintaining your concrete surfaces preserves your home’s value. 
  • Safety: Flaking and pitting may lead to uneven surfaces, posing tripping hazards. 
  • Aesthetics: Keeping your concrete surfaces pristine enhances your property’s curb appeal. 

Only with Ohio Basement Authority can you be assured of lasting professional services. Our in-house- developed products offer advantages not found in off-the-shelf solutions, ensuring superior results. 

Contact Ohio Basement Authority for Reliable Concrete Lifting Solutions 

Concrete damage like pitting, flaking, and staining is unsightly and dangerous. Don’t settle for quick patchwork fixes. Trust Ohio Basement Authority for unmatched concrete lifting solutions. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation inspection, and let us help restore your property’s glory. 

Our expertise and proprietary products guarantee long-lasting results. Homeowners throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky have relied on us to repair and protect their concrete for 15 years. We are eager for you to experience the excellence, too.


We recommend annual inspections, but any sudden changes in appearance should be addressed immediately. When you partner with Ohio Basement Authority for concrete lifting, you can take advantage of our annual service and maintenance programs. Our technicians return yearly to inspect your concrete to ensure its ongoing protection. Contact us to learn more. 

Pitting may show up years after the concrete is poured but tends to rapidly worsen once initiated, quickly leading to cracks and holes. Quick action is imperative to correctly identify and repair the problems. Contact Ohio Basement Authority for a free inspection and estimate when you notice something wrong with your property’s concrete. 

Oil drips from vehicles can absorb into concrete pores and react with the concrete, resulting in dark stains. Proper cleaning and sealing can help prevent this. Severe stains and chemicals can permeate the concrete, weaken its structure, and lead to cracks and sinking. Ohio Basement Authority protects damaged concrete with our unique concrete lifting system. Contact us to learn more and schedule a free inspection and estimate

Disclaimer: By “concrete leveling,” we mean the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in most cases lifted, by means of our PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. Ohio Basement Authority does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make your concrete perfectly level.

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