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Heave ho: tackling floor repairs

10 December 2021

Floor slab repair that is designed to stand up to the heavy traffic movements achieved for supply chain company.

CG FLOORING Systems (CGFS) was recently called to a technically demanding project for a global supply chain management company.

Supplying and distributing aviation, aerospace, automotive and industrial equipment throughout the world, the company is also heavily involved in the research and development side of the pharmaceutical industry.

The floor of the company’s industrial unit was demonstrating heave in a localised area, which was impacting the ability of the operation to perform at an optimum level.

The warehouse floor slab directly in front of the loading bays was higher in one section than the loading bay dock levellers. At its highest point, there was a 30mm stepped edge off the warehouse floor onto the loading bays.

It was believed to have been caused by piles put in after construction of the floor slab, displacing the original sub-base material adjacent to the pre-cast dock levellers as they were placed. This left the sub-base material nowhere to go except up, pushing the slab upwards with it.

CG Flooring, therefore, had to provide a repair solution. This included the controlled reduction of the levels of the slab within a very defined area of 90m2, flattening, smoothing, and aligning the two adjacent floor areas.

Steel armour joint repairs

The first step was for CG Flooring to remove the steel angle – used to protect the slab arris edge at the floor slab, at the interface with the dock levellers. A joint arris repair was performed, using CoGri Arris Repair Mortar to remove the pronounced step at the joint interface. Further joints were repaired within the designated area. Using our standard repair detail to remove the steel top section of the armour joint the void was filled with our repair mortar before reinstating the joint using our CoGri Rapid Seal 75 joint sealant. Our repair materials are durable and ductile, designed to stand up to the heavy traffic movements of the MHE that pass over the floor.

Floor slab voids

With the joint repairs complete, essential for ensuring the planning and grinding work could be executed efficiently with a minimum of fuss, the next step was to fill any voids underneath the slab.

20mm diameter holes were drilled at pre-determined centres in the floor slab along the full length of the loading bay area. Next, a cement-based grout was used to infill any voids between the underside of the floor slab and the sub-base, providing further support and load transfer capability.

CG engaged its sister company, Face Consultants, to carry out a flatness survey and control the reduction in level work to the floor area. The survey results enabled the Face surveyor to identify the areas to be prepared by planning and grinding.

The repair solution included the controlled reduction of the levels of the slab within a very defined area of 90m2, flattening, smoothing, and aligning the two adjacent floor areas.

With these areas marked, the planning and grinding work was carried out in a dust-free manner. Under the watchful eye of the Face Surveyor, the desired floor levelness and flatness to best support the warehouse operation was achieved.

A further process of vacuum enhanced grinding was carried out to provide a smooth finish to the concrete. CoGri High Build solvent-free epoxy resin floor coating was then applied in the clients’ preferred colour. Resin floor coatings not only deliver an aesthetically pleasing finish but also offer protection where needed, such as chemical resistance, anti-slip surfaces, and abrasion resistance. Surfaces are hygienic, easy to clean and maintain, and available in a gloss or matt finish.

For more information, visit www.cg-flooring.com