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What is a cementitious waterproofing system?
Cementitious waterproofing systems that uses a mix of chemicals, applied t to the surface of cement with ing brushes or sprayers; once dried, it forms a protective membrane across the surface of the cement. This method is relatively user-friendly for DIYers. One downside is it does not naturally adjust to any changes in the cement (like cracks). There are additives you can use to increase the malleability in cementitious waterproofing chemicals to account for slight changes in the cement.
What is bituminous damp proofing?
Bituminous damp proofing is not just a cool-sounding term, it’s a great way to waterproof materials. Damp proofing materials are chemical compounds that, when applied to the surface of a variety of materials like wood, metal and concrete, provide a breathable membrane that allows internal moisture to escape, while providing a protective water-resistant surface. It can be painted or sprayed on and is popular on outdoor decks and fencing materials.
What is waterproof concrete?
Waterproof concrete has been treated to prevent interior or exterior water or moisture buildup. Crystalline waterproofing is a process used in the concrete mixing to eliminate the naturally porous elements inside of concrete. Chemicals can also be applied to the exterior of any concrete structure to provide a surface membrane that shields the concrete from any external water sources. Both can be used to create a virtually waterproof concrete.
What is crystalline waterproofing?
Crystalline waterproofing is an admixture that is used to create permanently waterproof concrete. Concrete is a naturally porous material with tiny grooves and capillaries inside. Crystalline waterproofing makes concrete non-porous and uses chemicals that change the actual chemical makeup of the concrete, allowing those grooves to be filled in and, making it waterproof from the inside out.
What is elastomeric waterproofing?
Elastomeric waterproofing is a polymer with viscoelasticity, meaning it has both viscosity and elasticity properties, which makes it kind of thick and gooey.Elastomeric waterproofing materials are ideal for concrete structures as they provide a strong exterior coat that is malleable prior to drying, so it can fill nooks and crannies to provide maximum coverage and protection. Its chemical makeup also makes it durable, mold and mildew resistant, and, of course, highly water resistant. Elastomeric waterproofing is an exterior-based type of waterproofing that goes between the structure (your house, building, or fence) and the elements.
What chemicals are used in waterproofing?
Most chemicals used in waterproofing are acrylic, elastomeric acrylic, and latex based. Some chemicals are designed for internal usage, such as elasomeric waterproofing, which is designed to be mixed into concrete to create waterproofing from the inside out. Other materials are designed to create a surface membrane, or a protective layer or barrier between the structure and the outside elements.
What is the purpose of waterproofing?
Waterproofing is a chemical process used to prevent water or moisture from seeping into structures, especially buildings and housing structures where they can cause damage. Waterproofing can be done to metals, woods and concrete; homes, buildings, fences, decks, driveways, roofs and basements are all typical structures that need to be waterproofed.