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Why Waterproofing is Used on Concrete

Applying a waterproofing product to concrete is essential, as it keeps moisture from entering the facility. It is also required to protect the structural integrity of the concrete in tact.

Because concrete is a porous material by design, water can pass through the concrete by hydrostatic pressure. Water can also enter cracks in the concrete that are caused by expansion and contraction of the substrate.

This makes it necessary to properly waterproof a concrete surface of a structure, especially if the concrete is below surface grade.

Read more about how water can pass through concrete here.

To be an effective waterproofing product, it must be tough, flexible, versatile, and easy to apply.

IWS Water Proof has all of these attributes, truly making it one of the most advanced concrete waterproofing products available today.

IWS Water Proof is a very unique product, as it contains one of the highest rubber contents on the market, giving it the flexibility and toughness to withstand harsh conditions and expand and contract with the substrate it is applied to.

IWS Water Proof is also very user friendly. As a fluid applied waterproofing membrane, IWS Water Proof easily spreads out using any type of brush or roller, giving instant results to the applicator.


Below Grade Waterproofing

Below-Grade waterproofing is the construction practice of applying membranes and coatings to the foundation walls of the structure under street or ground level, as part of the building envelope.  It can go by other names such as below-ground or basement waterproofing.

IWS Water Proof is a perfect product for below grade concrete foundations. Because of the fact that it can be applied to "green", or freshly poured concrete, you can be assured that your building will be water tight from the very beginning.

IWS Water Proof has the ability to expand and contract with the substrate, which is very important below grade. When exposed to the harsh underground environments, concrete can crack, potentially causing costly interior damage. That is why below grade waterproofing is required; to protect the building's foundation and prevent high cost damage down the line.


Other Areas Where Concrete Waterproofing Should Be Used

Concrete Waterproofing Applications:

  • Bridges

  • Parking decks

  • Plaza decks

  • Structural slabs

  • Vehicular, utility and pedestrian tunnel projects

  • Hospitals

  • Schools

  • Office construction

  • Commercial projects

Application Guide Specifications

Innovative Waterproofing Solutions has provided guide specifications for the applications of the following:

-Below Grade Waterproofing

-Light Weight Concrete Waterproofing with Pavers

-Light Weight Concrete Waterproofing

-Vertical Waterproofing

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