A short guide to the good and bad of epoxy injection, otherwise known as concrete or crack injection
Epoxy injection, crack injection, crack repair, or concrete crack injection – whichever name you’d like to call it – epoxy injection is one of the quickest and most reliable ways of fixing cracked concrete walls, floors, slabs, and more. If you’ve noticed a crack anywhere in your commercial building, no matter the severity, we can bet an epoxy injectionsystem will be one of the viable solutions suggested to you during your free feasibility survey. In this short guide, we explore what an epoxy injection is, along with the pros and cons of using it as a concrete repair method. Feel free to get in touch with our expert repairs team if you have any further questions… we’re happy to help!
What is epoxy injection?
An epoxy resin injection is made from a resin-based sealant. As the name suggests, the goal of epoxy injection is to seal cracks in concrete, making them water-tight and protecting them from further damage. If left untreated, even the smallest surface-level cracks in concrete can spiral into severe ones. This can happen very quickly and before you know it, the integrity of your building or structure is compromised.
What happens if cracked concrete is left untreated?
Severe cracks in concrete can pose multiple problems – from issues with the structure itself to a potentially dangerous environment for its occupants. The main problems we come across with untreated cracked concrete includes:
❗ EXPENSE: They can lead to the requirement for expensive repair jobs
❗ COMPROMISED SAFETY: They can lead to health & safety risks for people occupying the building or coming in and out – employees, contractors, residents, members of the public, etc.
❗AESTHETICAL DAMAGE: Like rusting and corrosion, changes in the look and feel of concrete and the surrounding materials. These aesthetical damages are often a sign of a deeper problem beneath. Surface-level cracks may affect how your walls, ceilings, columns, etc. look – but again, if they are left untreated, they can wreak havoc with the overall integrity of your building.
❗COMPROMISED STRUCTURES: In extreme cases, if cracks are ignored and left untreated for a long time, they can lead to a structure becoming unfit for purpose or uninhabitable.
Commonly found in load-bearing walls, structural damage is hard to spot but can cause grave problems if ignored. You may not know the extent of your damage until you’ve had it assessed. Learn more about how structural damage is caused here: https://humber.fibrwrap-ccuk.com/how-is-structural-damage-caused/.
Does epoxy injection work?
The answer to this question isn’t cut and dry. Whether epoxy injection works depends on several factors, including, but not limited to:
- If epoxy injection is suited to the concrete repair job at hand
- If the contractor completing the crack repair is qualified/trained, and experienced
- Whether the correct epoxy resin is used for the job at hand
- The conditions and environment throughout the epoxy injection application
- And more.
If done correctly, epoxy crack repair is capable of restoring buildings and structures so they’re like new. Structures treated with epoxy crack repair are protected from water, chemicals, and debris; plus, existing concrete damage is repaired and prevented from reoccurring.
To learn more about whether epoxy injection is the best suited to your concrete repair job, please get in touch with our friendly team 01482 425250 to discuss your free feasibility survey and cost analysis. Thanks!
How long does an epoxy injection last?
Epoxy crack repair lasts anywhere from 3 years to 20 years, but the influence it has on the lifespan of buildings and structures is much longer. Ask your contractor for guidance on how long your epoxy injection treatment is expected to last.
Can epoxy injection be used to repair severe cracks?
Can the epoxy resin injection be used to repair severe cracks, then? In short, yes! Learn about it here
Which epoxy resin to use
If you are seeking the help of an experienced repair contractor (which we recommend!), they will likely talk you through the type of epoxy resin they are planning to use. It goes without saying that different contractors prefer to use different brands of epoxy resin, but regardless, they’ll know which epoxy resin type is best suited to your commercial repair job.
Book your free Coffee & Catch-up
At CCUK, our specialist teams offer `Coffee & Catch-ups`. Here, you’ll have one-on-one time to ask all the questions you need to ask before booking a feasibility survey, free price quote, or booking the service itself. You’re under no obligation to do any of those, it’s just an opportunity for you to learn more about crack repair! Simply book a day and time that best suits you.