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Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining

Owning a home naturally brings a sense of pride, particularly in its aesthetic charm and the integrity of its concrete surfaces. However, seemingly minor problems like concrete pitting, flaking, and staining can threaten both the structural soundness and the beauty of these surfaces. Without expert attention, these issues can quickly evolve into significant challenges. 

At Foundation Recovery Systems, we understand your concerns. We offer reliable solutions to safeguard both the value and appearance of your property. Our advanced SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting method directly targets and resolves these foundational issues, ensuring lasting solutions.  

What Is Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining? 

Concrete pitting, flaking, and staining, while each presenting differently, are interconnected problems arising from similar underlying causes. 

Concrete Pitting 

Concrete pitting manifests as small, rough depressions on a concrete surface, indicating underlying structural weaknesses often stemming from mishaps during concrete formulation. 

Concrete Flaking 

Though bearing resemblance to pitting, concrete flaking is distinguished by its shedding surface. This issue primarily arises from external factors like moisture and weather exposure. 

Concrete Staining 

Concrete staining pertains to surface discoloration caused by external contaminants such as oil or mud, which can potentially weaken the concrete over time. 

Each of these issues, while distinct in appearance, underscores a compromised concrete structure. When overlooked, these superficial concerns can escalate. 

Accompanying these signs, there may be other evident damage like cracks and sinking. Such issues can manifest on various surfaces, namely: 

Delay in addressing these problems can lead to further degradation of these surfaces. Should you observe any of these symptoms, reach out to Foundation Recovery Systems for an inspection.  

What Causes Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining? 

Each of these signs indicates an underlying structural issue with the concrete. However, the exact causes behind pitting, flaking, or staining can vary. 

Causes of Concrete Pitting 

Concrete pitting often arises from errors in the mixing stage or mishandling during the curing process. When the concrete mix isn’t uniform, it can trap minuscule air pockets, creating vulnerable areas. 

With time and under pressure, these weak spots can cave in, resulting in pits. These problems might not always be evident right away to contractors but typically emerge about five years post the concrete pour. 

Causes of Concrete Flaking 

As concrete ages and faces the brunt of environmental factors, flaking can ensue. When moisture interacts with the alkaline content of the concrete, it accelerates surface erosion. External factors such as nearby drainpipes, gutters, downspouts, and sprinkler systems can exacerbate this issue. 

Causes of Concrete Staining 

Staining transpires when contaminants like oil or mud seep into the concrete or the adjoining soil. This not only changes the concrete’s color but can also modify its chemical structure. Over time, these alterations can weaken the ground below, causing the concrete to sink. 

Grasping the distinct characteristics of each problem and addressing them promptly is the key to durable repairs. Foundation Recovery Systems offers specialized solutions catering to the specific causes of each type of concrete damage. 

Can You Fix Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining? 

Yes, problems like concrete pitting, flaking, and staining are repairable. Yet, it’s crucial to use a comprehensive strategy for enduring results. 

Merely patching these issues won’t suffice. Surface treatments or cosmetic remedies, such as coatings, provide only short-term relief. A more thorough approach, addressing the root cause, is required to preemptively tackle any future complications. 

To achieve lasting concrete restoration, opt for products that lift, reinforce, and fortify the concrete from below. 

How to Fix Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining 

Foundation Recovery Systems doesn’t lean on traditional methods. Instead, our preferred approach, the PolyRenewal™ polyurethane injections, stabilizes the ground beneath troublesome concrete slabs, promising enduring outcomes. 

The procedure for implementing this distinctive system includes: 

  • 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. 

Foundation Recovery Systems has devised exclusive solutions ensuring that homeowners are granted personalized, superior outcomes. Our PolyRenewal™ system offers unparalleled support, enhancing your concrete’s lifespan. 

Why Address Concrete Pitting, Flaking, and Staining Now? 

Taking quick action to repair these issues is vital for several compelling reasons: 

  • Prevention: Early intervention curtails the risk of escalated damage later. 
  • Home Value: Tending to your concrete surfaces safeguards your property’s worth. 
  • Safety: Uneven surfaces caused by flaking and pitting can become tripping hazards. 
  • Aesthetics: Well-maintained concrete elevates your property’s visual appeal. 

With Foundation Recovery Systems, rest assured of unparalleled professional services. Our proprietary products bring benefits that generic solutions can’t match, guaranteeing top-tier outcomes. 

Contact Foundation Recovery Systems for Reliable Concrete Lifting Solutions 

Issues like concrete pitting, flaking, and staining can degrade the appeal and pose risks. Don’t opt for short-term remedies. Rely on Foundation Recovery Systems for reliable concrete lifting solutions. Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation inspection, and let us repair your home’s concrete.  

Our knowledge, combined with our proprietary tools, ensures long-lasting solutions. Homeowners across the region have trusted us to repair and restore their concrete. Let us extend our top-tier services to your home. 


An annual check is recommended, but sudden visual changes warrant immediate attention. Work with us for annual service and maintenance plans for continued safeguarding. 

Pitting can emerge several years post the concrete installation but can intensify rapidly. Timely action is paramount. 

Vehicle oil spills can infiltrate concrete, causing dark patches. Regular cleaning and sealing can mitigate this. Profound stains and chemicals can undermine the structure, culminating in fractures and depressions. Reach out to delve deeper into our innovative concrete repair approach. 

Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in many cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. Foundation Recovery Systems does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make your concrete perfectly level.

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