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Repairing cracks and fissures

Cracks in a concrete floor can be caused by accidental impacts, deterioration of the concrete, intense use of the area or even the movement of the floor itself.

CONCRETE DAMAGE REPAIR

A crack can be a serious problem in terms of safety, especially when it comes to industrial buildings with high storage. At BECOSAN® we repair cracks and fissures in concrete floors. 

DEFECTS IN THE CONCRETE FLOOR?

Repairing cracks and fissures is a demanding task that must be carried out efficiently and accurately. Before carrying out any work, it is necessary to evaluate the initial conditions.

Different types of cracks and fissures exist, among the most common: cracks that appear in the expansion joint itself, small cracks or undercuts that can appear due to different causes.

To repair this type of damage, it is necessary to know the needs of the floor and examine the size of the damage. This allows us to opt for a single component resin repair for small cracks and fissures or a high performance, fast drying mortar repair for larger damages.

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CRACKS AND FISSURES IN THE FLOOR

Cracks in a concrete floor can be caused by accidental impacts, deterioration of the concrete, intense use of the area or even the movement of the floor itself.

A crack can be a serious problem in terms of safety, especially when it comes to industrial buildings with high storage.

Also, when a crack appears, it can lead to further deterioration of the floor. Over time, more cracks may appear around the affected area.

Crack repair is a challenging task that requires experience and skill. Cracks should not be left unattended because cracks will extend and will intersect with other cracks. When these cracks overlap they will cause flaking which will result in a hole in the floor leaving the aggregate in the concrete exposed.

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CAUSES OF CRACKS AND FISSURES

Before deciding on a repair solution for your cracks it is important to understand why the cracks are there in the first place.

Cracks are mainly caused by:

  • Insufficient depth of the concrete to support loads.
  • Cracks in underlying layers of the concrete.
  • Subsoil with low load bearing capacity.
  • Inadequate drainage.
  • Faults in the construction process.
  • Absence of adequate fibres.

CRACK SEALING

Repairs of cracks should be part of your regular maintenance activities.

The sealing of cracks consists of milling, cleaning and sealing with adherent filling materials; usually polyurethane based mortars are used to guarantee a degree of flexibility in the repair.

The sealing of cracks limits the penetration of water or other liquids.

For more information about cracks sealing click on the following link: Maintenance of concrete floors.

FLAKING

Repairing holes produced by disintegration of the concrete floor is a priority as holes get bigger and more problematic if left unattended.

Like crack repair it consists of eliminating loose material, cleaning the interior of the hole and replacing with a concrete mix of a similar nature to the surrounding material…

Frequently we find holes that have been repaired in an emergency. These repairs are of a provisional nature, but a lasting solution is often ignored. These repairs are often unstable and, therefore, can be a potential safety hazard and will result in an even bigger and more unsightly hole. It can be that doing the job properly at the outset will save money.

For more information about industrial concrete floor repair, contact us through our contact form.

Safety problems arising from flaking

Holes in an industrial floor are much more problematic than cracks. When a heavy vehicle, such as a forklift, travels and stumbles upon a hole, it is not only increasing the degree of deterioration of the hole, it is also compromising both the machinery itself and the load it carries.

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Heavy machinery requires a uniform and smooth industrial floor in order to operate efficiently. If this is not the case it could lead to an accident. Workers require greater concentration to drive machines on a cracked pavement.

At BECOSAN® we believe that the repair of cracks and holes is of great importance to minimize the risk of damage or personal injury during industrial activities.