FAQ self-healing concrete

Below is an overview of the frequently asked questions about self-healing concrete. We divided the questions into three categories: self-healing concrete, waterproof concrete and concrete repair. Do you have another question? Please contact us.

Self-healing concrete FAQ

What is self-healing concrete? Self-healing concrete is concrete that repairs itself (without human intervention) when cracks appear. The technology works with micro-organisms that produce limestone. In this way, the durability of the concrete is greatly improved. Self-healing concrete is available in various products for new concrete constructions and for the repair of existing concrete constructions.
Is self-healing concrete sustainable?Self-healing concrete from Basilisk Self-Healing Concrete is a lot more sustainable than traditional concrete, especially when the waterproofing of concrete is required. For example, 40% less reinforcement is needed and the CO2 footprint is reduced by 30-50%. In addition, self-healing concrete is durable and future maintenance costs are lower than with traditional concrete.
Is concrete sustainable?Whether or not concrete is sustainable depends on the context in which this question is asked. Concrete lasts for many years and from that perspective it is sustainable. But concrete is also a major source of pollution and responsible for at least 5% of CO2 emissions worldwide. Self-healing concrete is a more sustainable alternative to traditional concrete for various reasons.

Waterproof concrete FAQ

Is concrete waterproof?Concrete is not waterproof. One of the properties of concrete is that it cracks and through those cracks leaking occurs. In addition, concrete has a certain porosity so it needs sufficient thickness to resist water. Several solutions are available for waterproofing concrete.
Is self-healing concrete waterproof?Self-healing concrete is waterproof. This is because cracks in the concrete repair themselves as soon as they occur. As a result, leakages stop automatically and special coatings or waterproof membranes can usually be omitted.
How to waterproof concrete?One of the properties of concrete is that it cracks. As a result, concrete is not waterproof. Concrete can be made waterproof in various ways, for example by using a technology with self-healing properties, or by applying coatings or membranes.

Concrete repair FAQ

How to repair concrete?Concrete can ususally be repaired if damaged. There are various methods for this: such as manual repair with mortar or injection with epoxy resin, or the use of a liquid self-healing repair system. In some situations repairing concrete can be a DIY job, but more often a specialized concrete repair company is hired for this work.
How to repair cracks in concrete?Cracks in concrete can be repaired in several ways. Depending on the type of crack and the use of the concrete structure, manual repair, injection with epoxy resin or a liquid self-healing repair system is chosen. All these techniques have their own specific advantages and disadvantages.
How to repair cracks in a concrete floor?There are several techniques for repairing cracks in a concrete floor. The repair can be done manually, by filling or injecting each individual crack. Another solutions is to apply a liquid self-healing system. Similar to a coating, it is applied on the entire concrete floor.

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