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Wicking - Attic Waterproofing Concept along with Definition


According to the glossary Wicking is:

1. A cord or strand of loosely woven, twisted, or braided fabric, as on a candlepower unit or oil lamp fixture, that draws up gas to the flame through capillary action.

2. An item of material that conveys liquid by capillary(remontées capillaires) motion.
wicked (w-kt), wick·ing, wicks
To share or be conveyed through capillary action: water slowly wicking up from the bricks.*

And if you're basement waterproofing specialist mentions the term, Drinking water removing, it simply means that water is traveling up your wall structure.

How can this end up being? Doesn't gravity keep water closer to the Earth? How can water in fact travel up my foundation walls, they are concrete?

Those are common very good points. To be aware of this term we will need to understand the behavior water. Water seeks it's own natural degree. It does this by simply filling voids left rolling around in its path by displaced objects. The make up of water, or compounds, will bond to one another and actually push and tug in order to make this happen. Water will get its way by way of tinny openings through this push as well as pull molecular action.

Concrete floor has small availabilities in it left behind from its drying process. Drinking water evaporates in a procedure called Curing. It leaves behind very small pockets called micro-pores. The micro-pores, divided by thin cellular levels of concrete, can be simply broken into with sufficient force. So, just like a sponge with openings, concrete's holes invite drinking water to seek it's individual level by entering the particular voids left from the drying out process.

Water strain from the outside of the home can easily force more normal water into these pores. Eventually the water fills inside the pores and begins seeking out other follicles. More than likely the pores are above in which the water is currently. This again uses your push and pull of its natural capillary action and slowly rises the concrete wall structure using the micro-pores.

With water climbing its approach higher on your wall space and the saturation a higher level the wall growing, it's a matter of occasion before that h2o pushes through the final barrier and into the basement.

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