Airports are one of Canada's central hubs of transportation, trade and business. Airports' contributions to commerce are essential to the economy. But, Canadians also rely on well-maintained and safe airports to keep their communities connected and support essential air services such as air ambulance services, forest fire response, search and rescue, and delivering essential goods to communities. Because of this, proper runway care maintenance and care needs to be a top priority for airports across the country. FillFoam™ is a fast, long-lasting and economical solution for maintaining and repairing runways and airports that keep Canadian air travel safe. FillFoam™ is an industry-leading solution perfect for busy airfields with limited time or no budget for full-depth repair or replacement. In this article, the experts at FillFoam™ Canada will explain the benefits of using FillFoam™ for airport repairs. Keep reading to learn more.
Why Airport Runway Maintenance is Important
Delays at airports can cause major inefficiencies. To ensure safety and minimal delays, airport runway repairs must be fast, efficient, and effective. Over time, due to factors such as erosion, poor soil compaction and the weight of aircraft, runways will begin to sink and settle because of voids forming below. These voids must be filled to ensure runways are safe for aircraft to use and continue operating efficiently. These voids can be filled through various methods, but the most effective is by using FillFoam™. FillFoam™ is an easy and efficient way to repair airport runways. FillFoam™ is a pre-expanded open cell foam that is injected into the voids below the runway where it expands, fills and voids and helps to stabilize loose soils. FillFoam's™ strength, durability and long life span make it perfect for various void filling and soil stabilization applications, including airport runways.
What Causes Airport Runways to Settle?
Concrete settlement is a common issue across the country. Slabs that support heavy loads, such as runways, can be more susceptible to concrete settlement. A weak base can wreak havoc on a runway slab and cause various issues, such as rutting, cracking and severe settlement. The are many reasons why runways sink and settle, but some of the most common causes are:
- Poorly compacted soils beneath the runway
- Water infiltration through cracks in the pavement resulted in soil washout below the runway
- Previous repairs or runway widening that did not address the soil conditions
- Supporting heavier loads than the runway was originally designed for
- Failing sewer systems or water infrastructure below the runway causes erosion and soil loss
FillFoam™ is ideal for solving these problems. It can address the root cause of settlement and prevent further damage to runways and other airport structures.
What are the Benefits of FillFoam™ For Runway Repairs
FillFoam™ offers many benefits for airport runway repairs. It is resistant to water and the elements, so it will not degrade over time if exposed to excess water. It is also resistant to the freeze/thaw cycle, UV rays and erosion. FillFoam™ has variable densities allowing it to support large structures easily and can also increase the load-bearing capacity of soils. FillFoam offers many other benefits, such as:
- No daytime lane delays or closures
- No need to remove concrete or poor foundation soils
- Asphalt overlays to correct rutting can be applied immediately after the FillFoam™ application is complete
- Helps to extend the life of overlays by preventing further settlement
FillFoam™ is the ideal void-filling and soil-stabilizing solution for airport runways. With so many benefits, it is easy to see why FillFoam™ is the product of choice for many void-filling projects.
FillFoam™ Canada Can Help You With Airport Repairs
The effects of a decommissioned airport runway due to concrete settlement, foundation deterioration, and soil de-stabilization can be felt across the country. FillFoam™ Canada provides innovative void-filling solutions for large and small airports across Canada. FillFoam™ is the ideal solution for repairing airport runways because it offers time-efficient and environmentally friendly results that are minimally invasive and cost-effective. We serve customers nationwide through our west, central and east locations. If you need an airport runway repaired, contact the FillFoam™ team today.