Life happens, things break over time. It’s only time before concrete starts to crack, and it’s important to catch it when it does! With objects like concrete water troughs, a leak not only means water is slowly draining out, it also becomes a home for bacteria and insects to hide and grow in, which can prove to be dangerous for your livestock.
What contributes to leaks in water troughs?
Leaks can be caused by a variety of things. One of these is a drastic fluctuation in temperature. As the temperature gets hotter, the concrete expands – as it cools, it contracts. This movement puts stress on the concrete, eventually causing it to fault.
The second thing that usually corrodes concretes structural integrity is erosion of the base, causing the trough to move and shift in place. This movement puts the material under stress, often resulting in leaks.
Lastly, it always depends on the quality of the concrete used. Investing more in a quality trough at the start will always save you hassle and money later down the track.
How to repair concrete water troughs?
Although these cracks may appear, luckily for you it isn’t the end of the world. With the right tools and a little bit of patience, you can get your trough looking like new in no time.
To start, you want to drain the trough of all water and locate the cracks that need fixing. The surfaces in and around the crack should be scrubbed with a wire brush to ensure effectiveness of the sealant. Likewise, all loose material should be cleared from around the area.
From here you have a range of options to seal up the cracks.
When there is a small flow of water, cement-based powders should be your go-to. But be wary, they are usually seen as a quick fix, with problems usually occurring at the same spot further down the line. They also aren’t the best for hairline cracks, so be careful. If you’re looking for a final fix, it might be best to look at some of our other, pricier options.
Effective on large cracks and providing some added flexibility, Caulks are a step up, but they do come at a heftier price. They work well around seams, fittings and joints, but applying them to larger areas might not work out too well for you.
Membranes & Liners:
Membranes and liners provide heavy duty protection against future leaks, though they are a bit harder and need some added expertise. They can be made from a variety of products, including bitumen, polyurethane and acrylics, providing a secure fix for the damaged concrete. If you want a fool-proof fix, this is your best bet, although the cost will set you back a bit more.
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At Vikon Precast, we deliver only the best construction and installation when it comes to our work. Our concrete water troughs are created with high quality materials which have been sourced locally, and are specifically designed for cattle. Check them out here today!