StableCrete™ has been formulated and manufactured to be an environmentally safe, non-toxic and non-flammable product. It can be used to protect all types of masonry in just one coat due to the use of advanced polymer chemistry. StableCrete has been used in a large variety of projects from waterproofing the concrete surfaces of Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to protecting a reconstructed oceanfront seawall in New Smyrna Beach, FL.
StableCrete has been proven to be the product to use when attempting to protect or repair all types of masonry. It helps to prevent cracking and dusting in concrete, and causes a chemical reaction that solidifies the component parts of concrete into one single mass, providing the ultimate in protection against almost any substance. Listed below are some of the applications using StableCrete to protect and preserve your concrete structures.
- Water & waste water treatment plants
- Dams, reservoirs, wire wound pre-stressed tanks
- Tilt wall construction/pre-cast roof systems
- Commercial flooring vapor proofing
- Pre-cast and pre-stressed members
- Tunnels, lift stations, elevator pits
- Oceanfront slabs pre-stressed and poured
- Sacrificial and impressed cathodic systems
- Food processing/storage facilities
- Clean rooms, kennels, zoos
- Seawalls, pilings, piers, docks in marine environments
For more information, please view our StableCrete™ Technical Bulletin
Testing for proper Application:
Proper application of StableCrete to a concrete surface is verified with testing accomplished on site by Conselcor Inc. representative or authorized agents designated to perform this testing. The photo below shows testing performed to a poured concrete surface. This concrete was treated with StableCrete approximately 48 hours after placement. Testing followed the next day.
The brown bottle contains Hydrochloric Acid (20 % +or-) Two small puddles beneath the bottle are liquids placed on the surface with an eyedropper approximately two hours before the photo was taken. The puddle to the left front is acid which has begun to turn a brownish color due to exposure to the atmosphere (oxidation). There are no signs of fumes, bubbling or etching of the concrete surface that appears after application.
The puddle to the right front is water that is no longer allowed to be absorbed into the concrete and will remain on the surface until it evaporates. These test results are common and demonstrate that the product has been applied in sufficient quantities, has maintained a surface saturation allowing proper penetration and that this application does qualify for warranty.
- Waste Water and Water treatment environs have for years depended solely on coatings to promote longevity. Pinholes, Abrasion or Construction damage often breach these coatings before a service life begins. StableCrete offers a second line of defense. Contact to the host surface thru a coating meets a waterproof, acid resistant substrate for additional protection. Noted in inspections are coatings in service for years that show no signs of a delamination. This is due to coatings that have a better bond strength/adhesion and no migration of chemical elements out to collect on the backside of a barrier coat.
- Liquid containment structures maintain a high pH inside the matrix thereby keeping the passivating layer on steel components us as reinforcement members. Wire Wound Pre-Stressed tanks with shotcrete surfaces aggressively accept a StableCrete application. The high Portland Cement content in these materials promotes a very immediate Water-Proofing reaction. Paint applied for cosmetic purpose does not burn off with Alkali migration and several other atmospheric conditions on the surface do not occur.
- Systems placed on the jobsite (tilt up, hollow core, etc.) by others are subject to degradation common to all concretes. After insuring that these products will absorb StableCrete, an application will, in one step be ready for the next phase of construction( lightweight concrete, stucco, paint, etc.) with no requirement for sand blast, acid etch or priming the surface.
- Flooring products often are subjected to water vapor emissions that cause water to compromise the adhesive, promote mold/mildew and collect under a covering. Interior air conditioned spaces having a lower humidity are particularly vulnerable as the moisture “Wicks “thru the concrete to the floor surface. By blocking the gel-pore system, this vapor travel is retarded. StableCrete has been tested by major flooring product manufacturers and demonstrates compatibility with all adhesives and mastics commonly used in floor installations.
- Pre-cast materials with a steel re-enforcing component have the same potential for corrosion cells to be formed as does poured concrete. Often times in the manufacturing process an additive or curing technique can exacerbate this possibility. A simple application of StableCrete will prevent a decrease in pH surrounding the steel inhibiting a corrosion cell formation.
- Oceanfront concrete products being exposed to a harsh salt laden atmospheric environment have a much lower life cycle. StableCrete applied to freshly poured concrete does not allow chloride intrusion. A look at cable ends of a post tensioned floor system will reveal rust stains within a matter of 4 or 5 years. More than likely the very porous grout used to encapsulate the ends after tensioning has allowed chlorides in to commence the corrosion. These conditions must be addressed quickly. A coating of paint only conceals the rust, hiding the problem!
- Cathodic Protection systems are the only proven method of controlling corrosive activity on steel in concrete. By reversing the electrochemical reaction current flow is adjusted according to a corrosion cells potential. StableCrete waterproofs the concrete preventing moisture from changing the ohms resistance of the electrolyte. Low resistance moist concrete will cause "Hot Spots", overdriving a system voltage that prematurely consumes the Anode. Capable of being used with all systems, including conductive mastics.
- Repairs to concrete using StableCrete enjoy a better bond at the patch interface since the host does not absorb patch material water causing premature hydration and shrinkage cracks. “Halo or Anodic Ring Effect” is retarded by maintaining high pH factors and decreased humidity in a concrete. Less expensive Portland Cement patch materials are recommended as a patching product for repairs.
- Concretes in Food service environs are exposed to contaminates penetrating into the concrete thru the capillary/gel-pore systems. Bacterial growth inside the concrete can be prevented by blocking these pores with StableCrete. Animal fats, ground into a floor are expelled out of the concrete to the surface and in some cases will require a wash and re-application to insure filling all pore voids. Citric Acid no longer affects a treated concrete surface.
- The smell noticed at zoos and in kennels is bacterial growth in the concrete from waste that have penetrated into the matrix (urine as an example). StableCrete applied to a cleaned floor will displace these contaminates leaving a waterproof concrete surface that will accept any cosmetic coating application. Because the concrete is now Chemically Stable coatings will achieve a far superior adhesion.
- Concretes in a Marine Environment demonstrate early on, a failure almost exclusively in the “Splash Zone”. Material under the water is deprived of an oxygen source and above the water the moisture content is less. The constant wet- dry cycle promotes corrosion cells in this area, spalling the concrete away from the steel leading to premature failures when the structure is placed in tension. StableCrete prevents moisture and chlorides from formation of these cells. Being Non-Toxic, EPA standards allow use in any waterway.
- Stucco, high in Portland Cement content is an excellent material for the use of StableCrete. Applied to a stucco surface as soon as the heat of hydration has diminished, the surface is waterproofed and retards shrinkage cracking as the stucco begins a slow cure. With no chemicals migrating out to the surface (Alkali), any paint or coating may be applied to the stucco without fear of a “Burn Off” condition. No priming is required and a surface may be painted within 48 hours after the StableCrete application.