Epoxy injection offers a permanent repair for cracks (and delaminations) in concrete. The repair is structural, permanent and water-tight with the same lifespan as the surrounding concrete. It can be performed at temperatures as low 35°F, on cracks as narrow as 5 mils (5/1000”) and even underwater.
The cured epoxy restores the monolithic integrity of the concrete, protects the internal reinforcing steel from corrosion and is unaffected by water, chemicals and sunlight. University studies confirm that the repaired concrete matches the original strength of the uncracked concrete. A useful performance specification for the epoxy adhesive is ASTM C881, Type IV for load bearing (structural) applications. The cured high modulus epoxy generally exhibits more than 3 times the compressive strength and over 10 times the tensile strength of the surrounding concrete.
Typical structures repaired using epoxy injection include: parking decks, stadiums, concrete framed buildings, residential foundations, swimming pools, airport runways and taxiways, concrete bridge decks, floor cracking and delaminations in warehouses and manufacturing facilities, concrete pipe and tanks, concrete beams and piers and port facilities including docks, piers and pilings. Facilities where crack injection is often employed include water/sewage treatment plants, industrial sites, machinery foundations, and refrigerated and frozen food storage warehouses.
Specially trained contractors should be considered to properly perform crack repair using proper surface preparation procedures and positive displacement metering pumps to properly proportion and deliver the two component epoxy.
Benefits of Epoxy Injection
• Fast cure strength — up to 5,000 psi compressive yield in less than 5 hours,
• Vibration tolerant during cure — repairs can be made while structure is open,
• Unique concrete crack injection solutions for underwater, corrosive, large void (low exotherm) and other extreme exposures,
• O VOC concrete crack repair adhesives and seals,
• Can be used in temperatures as low as 35°F,
• Restores cracked concrete and structural members including beams and columns to original monolithic strength,
• Stops water leakage through foundations,
• Prevents corrosion of embedded reinforcing steel,
• Useful in secondary containment areas to prevent leaks and
• Unlike urethane chemical grouts, the epoxy crack repair is structural and permanent.