Definition - What does Waterproofing mean?
This is the treatment or protective measure that makes a substrate water-resistant or prevents it from the unwanted penetration of liquids under hydrostatic pressure and other external forces like capillarity. It is a process that ensures a seamless system is established through the application of elastic and durable membranes. It is a technique used in the construction and design industries to curb the effect of environment liquid penetration into systems.Waterproofing preserves the strength and the durability of concrete surfaces in a building.
Corrosionpedia explains Waterproofing
Liquid waterproofing systems revolve around the use of sealants, emulsions, composites, adhesives and various synthetic water-based resin or polymer coatings that leaves no room for mistakes and errors. The membranes consists of layers of coating with specified thicknesses that serve various purposes within a given waterproofing system.
Liquid waterproofing is majorly done in integrated wet area systems where liquids are prone to be absorbed or freely penetrate such as the bathroom and the foundation in a building. In construction, it is always done before placing tiles or painting on the walls and the floors of a building or sealing off the roofs from rain drops.
They can be used in open areas where liquid water settles a lot like the balcony, swimming pools, water reservoirs and the parking lot. In machines, seals and gaskets have been used to prevent liquid water from leaking and interfering with operations. They are used in joints, corners and angled surfaces to seal off gaps that may facilitate water seepage.