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    Waterproofing—Problems in Terminology

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    The word “waterproofing” means different things to different people. The existing definitions for the word are reviewed, and more specifically worded definitions are proposed. The use of the generic term “protective system” is suggested. Descriptions of the various degrees of protection against water and contaminate attack afforded for concrete and masonry structures by various generically defined systems are presented along with why the differences between such systems are important.


    waterproofing, dampproofing, water repellant, water protection system, parking deck, plaza deck protection, plaza deck waterproofing, vertical waterproofing, mud mat waterproofing, structural slab waterproofing, waterproofing tieoffs, waterproofing flashings, positive and negative side waterproofing

    Author Information:

    Pratt, CO
    Principal, Pratt Materials and Technical Consulting Services, Valencia, PA

    Committee/Subcommittee: C24.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26095S