Water Jet Concrete Scabbling
Scabbling or scappling is a technique used to roughen up surfaces or reduce concrete levels by removing a thin layer from the top. Scabbling is typically completed with pressurised air equipment. However, with water jet scabbling this effect is created using specialist equipment that applies highly pressurised water to the targeted concrete. Scabbling can be used to prepare areas for repair, create more grip by roughing up surfaces, decorative effects and much more.
Water jetting makes our scabbling process much safer than traditional forms of concrete removal, limiting the chances of operatives inhaling dangerous silica dust by dampening any dust clouds. At Hydroblast, we prioritise the safety of our operatives by investing in top of the range remote control equipment, meaning that we can often keep staff away from the blast zone. All of our operatives are competent and provided with the appropriate respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Our robots are also incredibly accurate and efficient, so we can achieve professional, consistent results with minimal downtime.
Why Use Concrete Scabbling?
Concrete scabbling can have many uses in industry. For example, a slightly uneven surface can provide more friction. In the case of forklift operations, rugged surfaces allow for better grip of the tyres, which is essential when driving and braking whilst moving objects.
Scabbling is also an excellent preparation technique for concrete. It is often used to remove contaminants, adhesives, markings or coatings prior to further work such as sealing or grouting. It can also be used for decorative purposes, creating a different effect to an even concrete surface.