Evaluating the strength and the integrity of concrete on site is one of the main challenges that any builder has to face when it comes to passing an assessment of an existing structure. Especially when there is an owner who wishes to make sure that no harm or damage comes to the property during this assessment, you will need to have nondestructive methods that can be used for the purpose. If the structure is being evaluated because it is already not considered safe enough you will have to be even more careful about further damaging an unstable or unsafe structure. As such here are some very effective and nondestructive methods of checking how much strength a floor has.
The compression test
One of the easiest and most common ways of handling this matter in a situation like this would be to use the coring and testing compression method. For this the concrete core sample will be taken from the current structure. The core will need to be sawed and prepared for surface. Then the core is tested well for the compressive strength that is has. Here if the raw materials and the concrete itself was well prepared with the help of equipment like a mixer frac bladder tanks or the likes, you will have good strength. If the raw materials used were of high quality too you can expect to see good strength.
The weight test
Another very commonly used method of testing for the integrity of the floor of an existing structure is by using good quality water weight bags that can determine how much weight the floor is capable of holding. What you have to keep in mind is that this one of the most versatile testing methods around that can be used on buildings, floors, bridges, ramp, decks and anything else.
The pull out test
This kind of testing is usually used early on testing to see if there can be any strength related issues. However that does not stop it from also being used at checking the strength of structures that are already existing. The test is done by fixing a small equipment, an exterior bolt, a nut or screw or anything of the sorts and then pulling it to the specific stress level in order to determine how much and how long the stress can be endured by the structure that is being tested. If you are in the building business, you can definitely make use of this method to ensure that everything is in keeping with the right standards that are attributed to them and to prevent any issues from happening in advance.Continue Reading