Waterproofing Solutions in Construction

There is a statistic often quoted in the construction industry: waterproofing makes up 1.8% of the total construction cost, but accounts for 83% of building defect complaints. Making sure to understand the waterproof aspects of any building project is vital. Corrotech Construction Chemicals has years of experience in fixing waterproofing problems, but more importantly helping people by providing the right solutions.

Waterproofing in construction is a procedure by which a structure is made resistant to damage by water. Waterproofing is the formation of a resistant barrier which is designed to prevent water from entering or escaping from various areas of a building structure. Internal sections that are waterproofed include shower recesses, laundries, bathrooms, etc. Whilst external areas waterproofed extends to balconies, podiums, retaining walls, roofs, swimming pools and.

Basic waterproofing and covering design incorporates three general steps to ensure a watertight and environmentally sound solution:

  1. Make sure to understand the water sources likely to be encountered.
  2. Design a system to prevent leakage from these sources.
  3. Finalize the designed system by properly detailing each individual envelope component into adjacent components.

WATERPROOFING IN CONSTRUCTION

In construction, a building or structure is waterproofed with the use of membranes to protect contents underneath or within the structure.

Any building or structure needs waterproofing solutions as concrete itself will not be watertight on its own. The conventional system of waterproofing involves ‘membranes’. This relies on the application of membrane layers that act as a barrier between the structure and the water, which prevents the passage of water.

Over the past decades, the concrete construction industry has had technological advances in waterproofing materials. These advances include integral waterproofing systems as well as more advanced membrane materials.

Furthermore, these new materials like the Corrotech Coatings seek to overcome shortcomings in older methods such as PVC. In general, new technology in waterproof membranes relies on polymer-based materials that are highly adhesive to produce a seamless barrier around a structure.

CCC waterproofing range offers various waterproofing solutions such as bitumen, acrylic, and polyurea-based, as well as cement based options. In their range, they have product and systems for waterproofing of concrete and masonry below-the-ground structures. This includes basements, retaining walls and foundations.

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