The cement made from concrete material and water is quite porous and permeable. The chemicals present in the cement are water-soluble. For example, calcium reacts with water to form calcium hydroxide. Hence, due to the presence of these chemicals, the water sifts through the cement and causes damage to the structure.
The moisture present in the building material is detrimental to safety and structural integrity. Therefore, it is crucial to waterproof the walls effectively to avoid future repair costs. Here is an article on all you need to know about crystalline waterproofing in buildings.
What is crystalline technology?
The usual material used to seal the leaking joints is cement slurry. This is also the traditional and most convenient method to waterproof the wall linings. However, the materials used in preparing slurry react with oil and dirt and pave the way for water-soluble ions. These ions allow the water to sift through the waterproofing material and damage the underlying structure.
However, the new advanced crystalline waterproofing technology has revolutionized the way we prepare the seal. The idea is that you use the chemicals that react with the cement to provide such ions that are not soluble in water to provide a protective guard against rain and snow. The material mixes with the cement and dissolves completely, and creates a seal by reacting with the building material.
What are the application methods?
There are three popular ways of applying crystalline waterproofing materials depending upon the need and surface. These application methods are discussed below:
- Direct application: The leakage point is diagnosed, and then the waterproofing material is applied directly over it to seal it effectively.
- Application through admixture: Since the cement is very porous and permeable, it is very difficult to pinpoint the exact leakage point. Therefore, in this situation, a mixture of crystalline waterproofing material and concrete is prepared. This mixture is called the admixture, which is then applied over the linings.
- Application of dry powder: If the cracks in the cement are wide enough and visible, the powder crystal waterproofing material is applied over the cracks. The material then forms a bond between the cracks and restores the structural integrity.
Building waterproofing by Organix Building System
If you are looking for professionals who are well-equipped to offer advanced waterproofing solutions, Organix Building System is the right place for you. They are equipped with all the necessary tools to carry out the assessment process and determine the waterproofing material to be used accordingly. They are industry-leading experts in providing crystalline waterproofing Dubai solutions that are effective and last longer.