Waterproofing – the essentials

by Ofentse Sefolo
Waterproofing – the essentials

Waterproofing is a fundamental part of any construction or building, but is often not given the respect or attention that is needed. In South Africa’s harsh environment, this is a massive risk for any developer, builder or homeowner when doing construction work.

“Water, in whatever form – be it rain, underground or a leak from a tap – is unforgiving and poses a massive risk to the concrete and infrastructure in place for any building,” says Ross Creasey, Waterproofing product manager at MAPEI South Africa.

MAPEI has developed a comprehensive range of different waterproofing systems to cover most of the requirements which are commonly found on local construction projects.

“At MAPEI we believe in not only providing the products for use, but also supporting the contractors, developers and builders. We assist our customers by providing the knowledge and insight into solving the problem – correctly, the first time,” says Creasey.

The MAPEI basket of waterproofing solutions includes:
• Cementitious waterproofing solutions.
• Emulsion-based waterproofing.
• Acrylic-based waterproofing.
• Protective coatings and water repellents.
• Specialised primers and bonding promoters.
• Bandage solutions and water stops.
• Water-plugging products.
• Waterproofing admixtures.

“Don’t compromise on waterproofing, as the possible gains/benefits made are not worth the risk of not doing it properly,” concludes Creasey.

For more information, contact Mapei:
Tel: +27 11 552 8476
Website: www.mapei.co.za

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