Waterproofing can become a major problem for construction companies, property managers, and homeowners if it is not completed as it should be. Although we acknowledge that waterproofing represents only a minor part of an overall project, we cannot stress enough the importance of providing specialized solutions that are right every time.
Waterproofing should be made mandatory for all structures and should not an optional one. The approach to waterproofing problems must be conceptual and the selection of appropriate material and proper diagnosis of the problem and employing the right applicator for executing the job is equally important depending on the stage of the project.
Waterproofing is as important if not even more important than any other parameter involved in designing a structure. Because waterproofing plays a vital role in the durability of concrete as well as the safety of the structure, not waterproofing could leave you with a less than adequate building, structure or home. Waterproofing can be executed at the two stages of the construction.
1. During the preliminary stages of construction, the integral waterproofing compound can be added either in powder or liquid form in concrete to improve the waterproofing characters by optimizing the water-cement ratio. This helps to an extent to improve the flowability of the concrete.
2. The external surface of the concrete can be treated with an appropriate waterproofing coating system to ensure the structure is made absolutely impermeable.
The durability of the concrete not only depends on its strength but also on the permeability of the concrete. Therefore waterproofing of concrete structures assumes greater importance and also it is imperative that the proper waterproofing is done. Actually when water enters the concrete undesirable pollutants like chlorides and sulfates gain entry along with the same resulting in carbonation. The first victim is embedded steel which starts to corrode which leads to the spalling of protective cover, and, at this stage if there is no care taken it leads to the failure of the structure itself. In order to avoid such problems, it is advisable to do proper waterproofing treatment. Now with the advent of latest technology polymer-based waterproofing coating systems which is easier and effective to achieve waterproofing properties
We, at Kelowna Concrete,guarantee the provision of efficient design and contracting to
assist during all stages of a project, and warrant that the critical areas of waterproofing are of the highest quality.
If you need your building, home or new development Waterproofed call the experts at Kelowna Concrete. We get it done right the first time, call us at 250-448-6366 for a FREE estimate!