How to Repair a Crack in Concrete

Concrete is tough stuff, but like all building materials, it can crack. Fortunately, unlike rotted wood and corroded metal, sound concrete can often be repaired to look and function as well as new.Find out

Whether cracks are a result of a shrinkage/plastic settlement or a structural issue, they should be evaluated by a licensed inspector and classified to classify the severity of the crack, its cause and whether it is dormant or active to determine the most effective repair method. Cracks that are a result of shrinkage/plastic settlement or are dormant and are not an active movement can be filled using an epoxy injection technique.

When repairing concrete cracks, it is important to ensure that the cracks are closed over their full depth. If only the surface of the cracks are re-trowelled, they will close but not be strong enough to restrain future movements and the new skin may fracture with subsequent shrinkage or thermal stress.

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Once the concrete repairs are complete, it is essential to clean the repaired areas to remove any debris that could interfere with the long-term success of the repair. This is particularly important in areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic.

Once the concrete is cleaned, a bonding agent should be applied to the surface that will be receiving the repair material. This will allow the repair material to adhere to the concrete and prevent the possibility of the repair material delaminating from the concrete in the future. Once the bonding agent has been applied, the repaired areas should be sanded to smooth out the rough edges of the concrete.