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What is structural waterproofing and when is it needed?

Structural waterproofing means exactly as the name implies – it involves methods of waterproofing any structure or taking steps to ensure buildings, bridges, and infrastructure are water-resistant under all conditions. Though concrete is one of the strongest building materials in the world, it only preserves its strength when prepared and treated properly. It’s strong, not indestructible!

Why structural waterproofing?

Water infiltration is bad news for any concrete structure – whether through rainfall, seepage from a nearby source, or via a leak. Water infiltration shows as cosmetic damage at first, but if left untreated, it can compromise the safety of a building by weakening beams, roofs, and other supporting foundations. A damp patch on a ceiling might seem small, but it could be a sign of much deeper structural damage caused by water – so taking notice is your best bet! Read on to learn about the types of structural waterproofing.

What are the types of waterproofing for structures?

Structural waterproofing is categorised by Type A, Type B, and Type C jobs, depending on what type of concrete structure is undergoing the treatment. Most concrete specialists will refer to the three types, but then again, some might simply refer to the details listed within them.

  1. Type A structural waterproofing involves applying `waterproof barrier systems` to vertical & horizontal concrete. At CCUK, we use fully bonded, liquid applied, and cementitious systems.
  2. Type B structural waterproofing involves using specialist applications on structures with a shell and joints. At CCUK, we use a combination of sealant chemicals, plate waterstop, and waterstop.
  3. Type C structural waterproofing focuses on drainage protection and diverting water to a suitable drainage point. At CCUK, we use BBA-approved drainage membranes and plaster mesh, along with double drain.

If you’d like further information on the three types of structural waterproofing, call our specialists

Can structural waterproofing be used on repairs along with new builds?

Structural waterproofing is often used as a preventative measure for new builds and as part of concrete repairs. It’s important to realise that although structural waterproofing can be done retrospectively, there will be other more costly jobs involved – especially if water has infiltrated through to your interiors as this means your foundations could be sodden(1).

Think you’ve got water damage? Call our structural waterproofing specialists on 01482 425250 to book your FREE feasibility survey & cost analysis today.

Where can I get structural waterproofing done?

Preventative measures like structural waterproofing are much quicker and cheaper than repairing the damage of water infiltration – plus it means the safety of your building’s inhabitants will not be put at risk.

At CCUK, we are qualified concrete repairs specialists who are fully trained in all types of structural rehabilitation & strengthening tasks, including structural waterproofing. Call 01482 425250 to book your free feasibility survey and cost analysis today, or visit our dedicated page for further information.