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Understanding Hydrotite – where its used and the basics

Understanding Hydrotite – where its used and the basics

Hydrotite is a popular product used in the construction industry for the purposes of sealing structures and preventing leaks, pooling and damage to the structural integrity of a structure. Hydrotite is used for the joints which are formed between concrete structures which are likely points for liquid to enter and for the structure to be exposed to. They are installed into concrete structures and act as an important component of the project. They are used as a good design practice when pouring and building foundations, as this is the part of the structure which is more likely to be exposed to large bodies of liquid. The Hydrotite works to expand, as it absorbs water and fills up the gaps in the concrete which could be susceptible to issues related to water. This product is used extensively in the construction industry in order to seal heads of water which certain structures may be exposed to.

Read on to understand Hydrotite, where its used and the basics.

What is it?


Hydrotite is made out of a unique mix of expanding materials which combine with non-expanding rubber. These two combine to form a single strip of material which can be placed into the joints in the concrete structure. In doing so, the blue section of the strip can expand when it meets contact with water. This way, it pushes against the non-expanding section of the strip to form a tight seal. This only activates through water absorption, making it a perfect tool to use for structures which will be exposed to large bodies of water. It forms a perfectly tight seal which adds pressure, and completely restricts any water from breaking through and leaking into the structures. It is easy to see why Hydrotite is a commonly used project in the construction industry, especially with structures which will be exposed to large bodies of water.

Where would be it be used?

As mentioned previously, it is used in the construction industry for projects which may be exposed to large bodies of water. These would include swimming pools, reservoirs, dams, sewage canals and tunnels and so on. All of these structures are made to be submerged or constantly in contact with water and other liquids. Any structure can be susceptible to water damage and leaks, which can cause issues in the long term. Consequently, Hydrotite must be utilized within the joins in these structures to stop water from leaking through and causing damage. These products are placed in the joins and will expand after coming into contact with water, and thereby will expand and form a tight seal, restricting water from entering the outside of the structure.

Advantages of its use

Hydrotite carries many advantages in its use. These would include its ease of handling and installation, due to the product being simple and easily placed into joins where it can sit and do its job. The product also carries exceptional adhesion on its strip, making it easy to stick to structures and stay there for long lengths of time. It also is not affected by changes to its environment, with wet and dry cycles unaffecting the product. Hydrotite will stick where it is and is installed easily, making it the perfect water seal product on the market for construction purposes.

Overall, Hydrotite is a very useful product in the construction industry due to the ease of installation, the ability to form tight seals, restricting water form entering a structure and for its many applications. Hydrotite should be considered for all projects which involve large bodies of water and exposure to water.