If concrete sets too quickly in hot weather it can cause shrinkage and cracking.

To prevent this from happening, dampen the gravel base with water and use cool water when mixing the concrete.

This tip brought to you by:

If creating a concrete slab is on your list of projects for this summer, you already know you’ll work up a little sweat. But did you know it’s important for the concrete to stay cool, too?

Dampen the gravel base before you start, to cool it down, and use cool water to mix the concrete. This will prevent the new concrete from curing too quickly. By slowing down the curing process you’ll reduce the chances of shrinkage or cracking and ensure a better result.

This tip is brought to you by Quikrete—It’s what America’s Made Of.

Editorial Contributors
Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

Learn More

Comments are closed.