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Reinforced Concrete Tanks Leaking Water

Reinforced CONCRETE water tanks  can be found on thousands of rural properties around Australia. Poured on site, concrete tanks are usually large in volume, some of which have been around for many years. Many concrete tanks leaking water which require urgent repair have been neglected over the years and as a consequence, structural issues may have resulted in cracking and leaking.
Concrete Water Tank Design goes a long way to increase longevity of concrete tanks

1. The tank’s overflow system should ensure any water overflowing does not sit around the base of the tank.

2. Concrete tanks which have water continuously have water sitting around the base increase the potential for disaster over the years. The tank foundation (base) can subside, especially if only on one side, to the wet side and cracks can be a result of this movement.  The solution, of course, is to keep the foundation of the tank dry, sit the tank on a properly constructed slab relevant drainage, such as spoon drains.

Old Concrete Tanks Leaking Water

3. Like with all buildings AVOID planting any trees/shrubs/ plants close to the tank, as roots can lift and crack concrete as well penetrate concrete the concrete itself looking for water. Tree roots can penetrating small cracks or porous parts of the tank creating leaks.

4. Once the foundation has been undermined by leaking and weakening leaching of concrete walls.  The pressure from changes of weight of water inside the tank (as it fills or empties) causes movement resulting in cracking.

5. Early maintenance of leaking tanks will ensure the longevity of your concrete tank – leaking concrete tanks creates conditions where any steel reinforcement inside the concrete walls and floors will corrode (can expand around 8 times original size) causing further cracking weakening structural strength & more leaks. Leaking of tank allows earlier breakdown of the strength of concrete surrounding the cracks through the entire wall or floor

How to stop leaks in Reinforced Concrete Water Tanks Leaking Water –

Repair your leaks now don’t wait and save $$$ in your future maintenance

  1. Water losses when you can worst afford to.
  2. Where leaking Drizoro Maxplug can be used to stop leaks in minutes.
  3. When repairs to Reinforced Concrete Water Tanks Leaking Water are not carried out promptly it means that extra costs are incurred to for example restore structural integrity of the tank

Extra Maintenance Costs include but not necessarily limited to the following

  1. Use of structural aids such as steel bands
  2. steel reinforcement treatment or replacement
  3. rebuilding structural strength of walls & floors of tanks using Drizoro restoration products
  4. cracking of walls or floor due to subsidence  caused water on surrounding ground around your reinforced concrete water tanks leaking water

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Specification for Repairing Concrete & Masonry Block Water Tanks  Leaking Water

Rigid  Water Tanks

External Waterproofing Method
Products required
MAXSEAL FOUNDATION | MAXSEAL FLEX  |  MAXREST  |  MAXPLUG | MAXJOINT ELASTIC

Method Repair for External Cracks of Concrete Tanks Leaking Water

Note:- Tank should be structurally sound and leaking cracks not flexing

1. Remove all render, paint or other material from the substrate. Pressure clean to remove any growth  on the surface.

2. Any cracks or voids (wider than 1mm) should be ground open (avoid chiseling, impacts may cause other areas to leak) other  at least 3.5mm wide and 20mm deep with dovetail or square  shoulders (see diagram below) and repaired with either MAXREST or MAXPLUG if there  is flowing water. Go to our video here & give us the thumbs up! DRIZORO MAXJOINT ELASTIC may also be used

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4. Apply first coat of DRIZORO MAXSEAL FOUNDATION  or MAXSEAL FLEX approximately 150 mm – 200 mm each side of the crack. For neat finish use masking tape along edges.

5. Leave to cure overnight (recommended 14 hours minimum between coats)

6.  Any cracks still leaking, seal with Drizoro MAXPLUG, then apply the second coat of  MAXSEAL FLEX.  High humidity will effect the curing of the Drizoro products.  It is recommended that the area be well  ventilated or curing time will be longer.

7. Whether coating just the crack or the entire external surface of the tank recommended usage should be approximately 2.5 Kg of product per square meter. If this ratio has not been achieved a third coat may be required.( 1.25 mm per coat)

 

Internal Waterproofing Method
Products required
MAXSEAL FOUNDATION | MAXSEAL FLEX  |  MAXREST |  MAXPLUG

Method for Internal of a Concrete Tanks Leaking Water

Warning:-You are entering a confined space for your safety before entering a water tank open all external drains and ventilate the tank to ensure the air is breathable!!
Carbon Dioxide displaces Oxygen which is needed to continue breathing!

Note:- Tank should be structurally sound and leaking cracks not flexing.

1. Remove any loose material from the substrate. Pressure clean to remove any organic growth from the surface.

2. Any cracks or voids (wider than 1mm) should be ground or chiseled open, at recommended 20-25 mm wide and 20 mm deep with dovetail or square  shoulders (see diagram below) and repaired with MAXREST. It is strongly recommended that if the crack is also apparent on the outside of the water tank it be repaired as per Method Repair for External Cracks

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NOTE:- On old tanks reduction of structural strength of the tank may have been the reason for the crack formation and to AVOID the crack reforming, in this instance, it would be strongly recommended that area surrounding the crack be built up using MAXREST restore some structural integrity and to create extra support (like a pillar) and spread the pressure created by the water, across a greater area, when full.

3. Floor-wall joints make a coving using MAXREST.

4. Apply first coat of DRIZORO MAXSEAL FOUNDATION  or MAXSEAL FLEX  to the entire internal area and leave to cure overnight. (recommended 14 hours minimum between coats)

5.  Apply the second coat of DRIZORO MAXSEAL FOUNDATION  or MAXSEAL FLEX.  High humidity will effect the curing of the Drizoro products.  It is recommended that the area be well ventilated or curing time will be longer.

6. Tank surface requires approximately 2.5 Kg of product per square meter. If this ratio has not been  achieved a third coat may be required.( 1.25 mm per coat)

7. After final coat has been applied leave for a minimum of 7 days when using MAXSEAL FOUNDATION or a minimum 14 days with MAXSEAL FLEX before filling tank with water

Products
  • drizoro maxrest concrete spalling repairs, quick setting, non-shrink, non-slump mortar, used restoring concrete and masonry to its original form. Used for repairing areas affected by concrete cancer and spalling

    Drizoro Maxrest Concrete Spalling Repairs

    $48.00$140.50
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  • Stops flowing water in seconds

    Drizoro Maxplug – instantly stops running water

    $25.00$267.00
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  • flexible waterproofing membrane

    Maxseal Flex White & Grey

    $101.50$336.00
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  • Drizoro Maxseal Decorative and waterproof coating

    Drizoro Maxseal Cementitious Waterproofing Membrane for Positive or Negative

    $159.43
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  • Drizoro-Maxseal - smal mixer

    Maxseal Foundation – waterproof membrane coating

    $126.00$137.00
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 Water Tanks That are Flexing

External Waterproofing Method
Products required
MAXSEAL FOUNDATION | MAXSEAL FLEX  |  MAXREST  | MAXPLUG  | MAXMESH

Method for External Repair of Flexing Concrete Tanks Leaking Water

1. Remove all render, paint or other material from the substrate. Pressure clean to remove any growth  on the surface.

2. Any cracks or voids (wider than 1 mm) should be repaired with either MAXREST or MAXPLUG if there  is flowing water. Crack should be ground at least 3.5 mm wide and 20mm deep with dovetail or square  shoulders before filling as per MAXPLUG.

DRIZORO MAXJOINT ELASTIC may also be used for crack & joint repairs Go to our video here & give us the thumbs up!

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3. For joints;
a. Joints. Coat with MAXSEAL FLEX using MAXMESH to reinforce & strengthen the product.

b. Expansion joints. Use MAXFLEX XJS bandage and MAXSEAL FLEX. This will flex to absorb excessive movement in the substrate

4. Leave to cure overnight.

5. 14 hours minimum between coats on the remainder of the surface area with MAXSEAL FLEX, high humidity will effect the curing of the Drizoro products , It is recommended that the area be well  ventilated or curing time will be longer

6. A tank surface requires approximately 2.5 Kg of product per square meter. If this ratio has not been  achieved a third coat may be required.( 1.25 mm per coat)

7. After final coat has been applied leave for minimum 14 days before filling tank with water

Internal Waterproofing Method
Products required
MAXSEAL FOUNDATION | MAXSEAL FLEX  |  MAXREST |  MAXPLUG | MAXMESH or MAXFLEX XJS

Method for Internal Repair & Waterproofing Concrete Tanks Leaking Water

Warning:-You are entering a confined space for your safety before entering a water tank open all external drains and ventilate the tank to ensure the air is breathable!!
Carbon Dioxide displaces Oxygen which is needed to continue breathing!

1. Remove any loose material from the substrate. Pressure clean to remove any organic growth from the surface.

2.Any cracks or voids (wider than 1 mm) should be ground or chiseled open, at recommended 20-25 mm wide and 20 mm deep with dovetail or square shoulders (see diagram below) and repaired with MAXREST. It is strongly recommended that if the crack is also apparent on the outside of the water tank it be repaired as per Method Repair for External Cracks

maxplug-squarecut-reverse-cork

NOTE:- On old tanks reduction of structural strength of the tank may have been the reason for the crack formation and to AVOID the crack reforming, in this instance, it would be strongly recommended that area surrounding the crack be built up using MAXREST restore some structural integrity and to create extra support (like a pillar) and spread the pressure created by the water, across a greater area, when full.

3. For joints;
a. Joints. Coat with MAXSEAL FLEX using MAXMESH to reinforce & strengthen the product.

b. Expansion joints. Use MAXFLEX XJS bandage and MAXSEAL FLEX. This will flex to absorb excessive movement in the substrate

4. Leave to cure overnight.

5. 14 hours minimum between coats on the remainder of the surface area with MAXSEAL FLEX, high humidity will effect the curing of the Drizoro products , It is recommended that the area be well  ventilated or curing time will be longer.

6. A tank surface requires approximately 2.5 Kg of product per square meter. If this ratio has not been  achieved a third coat may be required.( 1.25 mm per coat)

7. After final coat has been applied leave for minimum 14 days before filling tank with water

Products
  • drizoro maxrest concrete spalling repairs, quick setting, non-shrink, non-slump mortar, used restoring concrete and masonry to its original form. Used for repairing areas affected by concrete cancer and spalling

    Drizoro Maxrest Concrete Spalling Repairs

    $48.00$140.50
    Select options
  • Stops flowing water in seconds

    Drizoro Maxplug – instantly stops running water

    $25.00$267.00
    Select options
  • flexible waterproofing membrane

    Maxseal Flex White & Grey

    $101.50$336.00
    Select options
  • Drizoro Maxseal Decorative and waterproof coating

    Drizoro Maxseal Cementitious Waterproofing Membrane for Positive or Negative

    $159.43
    Select options
  • Drizoro-Maxseal - smal mixer

    Maxseal Foundation – waterproof membrane coating

    $126.00$137.00
    Select options

Prevent Concrete Tanks Leaking Water.

  • Seal Brand New Concrete Tanks Leaking Water immediately using Maxplug
  • Restore old Concrete Tanks Leaking Water using the Drizoro waterproofing system

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