Reducing long-term repair costs of a concrete structure

08 October 2014

Kryton’s award-winning Krystol Technology is by far unique in terms of not just its chemical properties, but also physical properties. This technology uses water as a catalyst to create long, narrow crystals within the concrete itself.

These crystals permanently fill the pores, capillaries and hairline cracks of the concrete mass, and continue to grow throughout the concrete, reaching lengths of many inches over time. Once the concrete has cured, the crystalline chemicals sit dormant until another dose of water (such as through a new crack) causes the chemical reaction to begin again. 

The ability to reactivate in the presence of water gives Krystol-treated concrete the ability to “self-seal”. When cracks form due to curing shrinkage, settling, seismic activity, etc., water entering through them causes new crystals to form and grow, blocking and filling the cracks. This ability to self—seal can help to dramatically reduce the long-term maintenance and repair costs of a concrete structure. 

The Products
Kryton offers a range of unique products for new and existing concrete structures.

As the key product within the Krystol Line of products, Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) is the most used. KIM is an integral, crystalline waterproofing admixture; and the only true PRAH (Permeability Reducing Admixture — Hydrostatic Conditions), according to the world—renowned American Concrete Institute (ACI). When combined with water, it uses Krystol Technology to react with un-hydrated cement particles and water to turn the complete concrete mass into a permanent waterproof barrier. It does not require labour intensive application and can simply be added to the mix truck or the batching plant.

Product Benefits
• Lowers the cost of waterproofing by as much as 40%
• Helps to shave weeks off the construction schedules
• Reduces the cost of maintenance and repairs
• Increases reliability and quality control
• Increases revenues with a larger building footprint
• Safe for contact with potable water and Certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 Drinking Water System Components — Health Effect
• Winner of the Most Innovative Product Award at World of Concrete in 2003

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