Basement waterproofing can be a messy and frustrating affair. This article attempts to look at the approach specifiers and consultants adopts to reduce the risk of basement leakages.
The traditional approach to basement waterproofing involves both the use of polystyrene membrane bitumen membrane or cementitious membrane systems to prevent leakages.
However because water is a tough enemy it is often difficult to achieve a leak proof basement are the time therefore there is the need to rethink this approach. The best approach to successfully waterproof a basement would be a dual combination of admixtures and membrane systems. The admixtures would help to waterproof the concrete integrally while the membrane system will act as a second line of defence against water.
The approach that involves consumption of traditional membranes and admixtures to keep water out is known as the belt & suspender systems.
Using admixture is quite advantageous not just for the waterproofing properties but also because certain admixtures such as crystalline not only waterproof your concrete but also protect your concrete and reinforcement from salt, sulphate attack, chloride ion and other chemicals that reduce your concrete life.
In essence admixtures will not only waterproof but also increase the service life of your concrete.
Research shows that crystalline admixtures such as Armorkim 500 & 600 can extend your concrete life by 70 years.
In conclusion, it is important that consultants, specifiers and contractors understand that water is a difficult enemy and it requires deliberate effort to keep water out of the concrete.
Armorsil can assist specifiers, consultants and contractors with information on choosing the right products. Contact us today and we will gladly provide you free consultation and advise on all your specifications and ongoing projects.