FAIRMATE's FAIRFLO CRYSTALLINE: Waterproofing Admixture for Concrete
“Our continuous research and efforts in developing new products have resulted in introducing more than 500 products in the Civil Engineering Industry. Our products are broadly classified as Concrete Admixtures, Waterproofing Systems, Engineering Grouts, Industrial Floor Surfaces, Surface Treatments, Concrete Repairs, Fixing Solutions for Tiles & Stone, Protective Coatings, Sealants, Readyplast, Highway Repairs, and Architectural Finishes. FAIRFLO CRYSTALLINE, for instance, is a groundbreaking solution designed to enhance the durability and waterproofing performance of concrete structures,” informs Jeevnesh Shah, Director – Technical, Fairmate Chemicals.
According to him, FAIRFLO CRYSTALLINE significantly reduces the penetration of water and other liquids, ensuring optimal waterproofing and protection for concrete structures. This integral crystalline capillary waterproofing admixture is seamlessly incorporated into the concrete mix during batching. Its specialized additives react with the moisture in fresh concrete and the by-products of cement hydration, catalyzing a transformative chemical reaction. As a result, a non-soluble crystalline formation is generated within the concrete’s pores and capillary tracts, permanently sealing it against the penetration of water and other liquids.
- Hairline Crack Sealing: With its remarkable capabilities, this admixture can seal static hairline cracks up to 0.5 mm in width.
- Hydrostatic Pressure Resistance: It offers outstanding resistance to both positive and negative side hydrostatic pressure, safeguarding concrete against potential damage caused by water pressure.
- Protection Against Harsh Substan- ces: The admixture provides reliable protection against sewage and industrial wastes, preserving the integrity of concrete in environments prone to chemical exposure.
- Integration with Substrate: Once added to the concrete mix, FAIRFLO CRYSTALLINE becomes an integral part of the substrate, enhancing the concrete’s waterproofing properties on a permanent basis.
- Resilience to Chemical Attack: With its high resistance to aggressive chemicals, it ensures the longevity of concrete structures even in chemically challenging environments.
- Breathability: While effectively water- proofing the concrete, it allows the material to breathe by enabling the passage of water vapor, preventing moisture build-up within the structure.
- Safety and Environmental Consciou- sness: This non-hazardous and non-toxic admixture prioritizes safety of workers and the environment, offering peace of mind during construction.
- Flexibility in Construction Schedu- ling: The product’s ability to be added during batching eliminates climate restraints, increasing flexibility in construction scheduling.
- Reduced Permeability: By reducing concrete permeability, this admixture effectively prevents water and harmful substances from infiltrating the concrete, enhancing its longevity and performance.
FAIRFLO CRYSTALLINE admixture finds applications in a wide range of concrete structures, including:
- Foundations: Ensures long-lasting and waterproof foundations for buildings and structures of all types.
- Tanks: Provide excellent waterproo- fing for water storage tanks and reservoirs.
- Sewage and Water Treatment Plants: Protects concrete against corrosive substances in sewage and water treatment facilities.
- Tunnel and Subway Systems: Enhances the durability and waterproofing capabilities of tunnels and subway structures.
- Water Reservoirs: Preserves the integrity of water reservoirs by preventing water infiltration and maintaining long-term durability.
- Parking Structures: Creates waterproof parking structures that resist water ingress and withstand harsh environmental conditions.
- Underground Vaults: Protects underground vaults from water penetration and potential damage caused by moisture.
- Swimming Pools: Ensures reliable waterproofing for swimming pools, preventing water leakage and damage to surrounding areas.
- Precast Components: Enhances the waterproofing properties of precast concrete components, ensuring their long-term performance.
- Structural Concrete for Bridges and Culverts: Provides superior waterproofing for structural concrete used in bridges, culverts, and other infrastructure projects.
- Pavement Quality Concrete: Enhances the durability and waterproofing capabilities of pavement quality concrete.