Over time, concrete can degrade, acquire buildup of dirt or other materials, or otherwise be in need of a thorough cleaning, such as before the application of new concrete or coatings. Concrete blasting is an effective way to prepare, restore, or clean concrete surfaces.
When is it Necessary?
Concrete blasting is useful for a variety of situations for concrete surfaces.
Before applying a new coating or overlay, concrete blasting can help prepare the surface and ensure proper adhesion. Blasting will remove old coatings, stains, and other buildup, creating a clean and roughened surface that will help the new materials adhere properly.
It can also repair old surfaces by removing damaged or deteriorated concrete from the surface, exposing the clean surface underneath for repair or replacement.
Parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bridges, and other structures can benefit from concrete blasting to remove dirt, stains, and other buildup to expose the original surface beneath. It can even remove graffiti or other vandalism, as well as provide a safer surface when removing oil, grease, or other slippery substances.
How it Works
Concrete blasting involves using high-pressure air, water, or abrasive materials to remove unwanted layers of concrete or debris from a concrete surface.
1. Inspection and preparation. We start by taking a close look at the surface to determine what type of blasting is needed and by cleaning loose debris from the surface. Nearby structures may need to be covered and areas blocked off to prevent injuries or property damage.
2. Determine blasting method and materials. Depending on the project requirements, either a wet or dry blasting method will be selected. Wet blasting can clean surfaces, meanwhile dry blasting can remove coatings, paint, or old concrete. Dry blasting materials can include abrasive particles like sand or steel grit, or it may be a mixture of water and abrasives.
3. Blasting. Then, we use a special machine to blast the materials onto the surface at high speeds to remove the unwanted material. Once blasting is complete, we will inspect and evaluate the surface to ensure the job is done and the surface is properly cleaned.
4. Cleaning. The final step is to clean up all debris and blasting materials from the area, then do any final cleaning and inspections to complete the job.
Now, the surface is clean and ready for its next process – or if cleaning was the goal, the surface can now be used.
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