In order to waterproof swimming pools, it is recommended to use epoxy-cement systems as they create a solid barrier against counter pressure as well as a resistant layer. Solvent-free elastic waterproofing resins protect the surface in a great way, preserving it from the aggressive action of chlorine and atmospheric agents.
The protection of buildings from the damages caused by water is very important for their “health”. It is also fundamental to waterproof the horizontal and vertical surfaces of swimming pools and pools in general (often made of reinforced concrete) so that the structures can remain waterproofed and perfectly efficient over time.
Elements to consider when waterproofing swimming pools
An important aspect to consider when waterproofing swimming pools is that the interested surfaces are generally in contact with two types of water: the groundwater and the water inside the pool itself. Because of the aggressive nature of groundwater, it is necessary to carefully evaluate its level and whether its presence is constant or temporary. As for the water inside the pool, it contains chlorine and other agents that can compromise the stability of the structure. For these reasons, the pools’ walls must be carefully waterproofed and protected.
The importance of the planning phase when waterproofing swimming pools
Many issues can be prevented during the planning phase of the construction or renovation of swimming pools. Waterproofing is not enough. It is crucial to protect the surfaces and the walls from all the aggressive agents that can compromise their durability.
Other fundamental elements to consider are: the sealing phase of the castings and the plant engineering system. Some examples are: the recirculation systems, water filtration and lighting. In fact, all the above-said elements may represent critical issues for the purpose of correct waterproofing.
At this point, it is clear that in order to effectively waterproof pools we need specific products with distinctive features.
Suggested steps to waterproof a swimming pool
Among the most popular and recommended solutions, there are epoxy-cement systems – made of a smart dosage of types of cement and resins – which are specifically designed for reticulating on even damp cement substrates. These products can be used both inside and outside, and form a waterproof layer that can withstand the strong anti-thrust. These types of products are usually made of three components and have thixotropic properties like Winpox Cement Tixo. They perform very well the task of creating a barrier to moisture even in the event of capillary rise.
After the application of the preparatory and protective base, the new enhanced technologies suggest the laying of 100% solid content product, non-polluting resins and waterproofing products. These high-performance products allow you to easily perform all operations aimed at treating, restoring and preparing pools foundation that must withstand the constant weight of water.
A perfect finish must complete the waterproofing of both the horizontal flooring and the vertical walls of pools. It would be ideal to use elastic component resins like Winpaint 5AC, which optimally protects the surface. In fact, it has a very high resistance to chlorine, to cleaning detergents, and to the harmful action of atmospheric agents. Extra attention must be paid in seaside areas, where salt is a constant hazard.
Conclusion: it is possible to perform a great swimming pool waterproofing job!
For swimming pool waterproofing solutions to be effective and long lasting, it is crucial to pay thorough attention before their application. It is important to start with a careful substrate preparation. Then, check that there are no crumbly parts or substances that could compromise the adhesion of the coating, and perfectly seal all the elements that might “interrupt” the linearity of the surfaces.
It is safe to say that there is no shortage of solutions to perform a well and professionally made swimming pool waterproofing job. These solutions and systems have high technical features and are easy to apply.