Day: November 2, 2023

The Basics of Concrete RepairThe Basics of Concrete Repair

Concrete is a great material that can last for a long time but it does wear down. Concrete repair is the process of reviving a concrete structure to reduce deterioration and prevent future damage.URL

There are many factors that must be taken into account when repairing concrete such as the environment, the structure type, and the underlying causes of damage. Before repairs are made a thorough evaluation of the concrete structure should be conducted, including a visual inspection, destructive testing, chemical and petrographic analysis of cores, and records of previous repairs. Once the evaluation is completed, the deterioration mechanism can be determined and appropriate repair methods and materials can be selected.

Mastering the Mix: Materials and Techniques for Effective Concrete Repair

Cracks in concrete can be repaired with several methods depending on the severity and if they are active or dormant. When cracks are present, a qualified and licensed inspector should perform a detailed evaluation to classify the cracking, determine if it is active or dormant and how they should be repaired. Cracks that are in a plastic state can usually be repaired by reworking with surface vibrators to close them over their full depth, but it is important to evaluate if this will be effective or if a crack stitching method is more suitable.

Stitching is a concrete crack repair method that involves drilling entry and exit holes across the cracks and running a number of U-shaped metallic staples in between them to stabilize and strengthen the old concrete. It is a non-disruptive repair method that can be used on both new and existing concrete. This method is highly efficient, long-lasting and can be performed in a single operation.