PaviX Evolves with Support from ICC and Logan Contractors Supply Inc.
International Chem-Crete Corporation (ICC) manufactures and sells PaviX, a unique line of crystalline waterproofing products that penetrate into the surface of cured concrete to fill and seal pores and capillary voids, creating a permanent protective zone within the concrete substrate. Once concrete is treated, water is prevented from penetrating through this protective zone and causing associated damage, such as freeze-thaw cracking, reinforcing steel corrosion, chloride ion penetration, and ASR related cracking.
Founded in 1969, in Dallas, Texas, ICC has grown into an international leader in VOC free waterproofing chemicals, with exports to over 65 countries. ICC is focused on making environmentally safe water based and solvent free waterproofing products. Chem-Crete PaviX CCC100 is known to be environmentally safe for treating bridges and roadways over open bodies of water, such as Grand Avenue in West Des Moines, Iowa.
In 2015 alone over 3 million square feet of concrete has been protected from moisture related issues using PaviX CCC100 in the Midwest alone. Installations including convenience store parking lots, county and city bridges, municipal roadways, control joints-interstate highways, concrete block, just to mention a few.
Logan Contractors Supply, Inc., of Urbandale, Iowa, has interacted and represented the PaviX product of ICC for approximately 10 years. During this time, the PaviX product has evolved within Logan's protection product offerings, as one of the premiere barrier technologies. Logan has applied thousands of square feet in the Midwest area, and has been diligent in assisting ICC in their testing and quantification of the crystalline product.
PaviX CCC100 is a unique advanced water-based technology designed for the protection of large-scale concrete substrates against moisture intrusion and the damage associated. Damage such as repeated freeze/thaw cycles, advanced de-icing chemical brines, as well as alkali silica reactions are all issues where PaviX CCC100 is superior in protection.
PaviX CCC100 assists treated concrete by mitigating moisture intrusion and eliminating or reducing moisture and water associated problems. PaviX CCC100 provides three effective mechanisms for concrete protection in all weather conditions by formation of two types of crystals and water repellency. In the presence of moisture, one type of crystal swells, therefore, blocking the pores completely. The second crystal absorbs the extra moisture on the surface of the first crystal preventing surface moisture from diffusion into the concrete. These hydrophilic and hygroscopic properties provide advance double and durable protection against moisture penetration into the concrete.
PaviX CCC100 has undergone a battery of ASTM specified tests by multiple independent testing laboratories familiar with current concrete testing methods. The current ASTM tests are as follows: Freeze- Thaw test C-666, Scaling Test C-672, Product Penetration C-856, Abrasion Resistance C-944, Water Soluble Chloride C-1218, Pull-Off Strength Test D-4541 and Water Vapor Transmission E96.
Additional Facts About PaviX CCC100 Growth Technology
How long does PaviX last?
PaviX product application is permanent. Once placed, the crystals remain active indefinitely. Its unique crystalline growth structure will not deteriorate.
How resistant is PaviX to chemicals?
Based on independent testing PaviX is not affected by a wide range of chemicals including mild acids, solvents, chlorides and caustic materials. It is resistant to oils, fuels and prevents dusting.
Is PaviX affected by temperature, humidity, ultraviolet and oxygen levels?
Humidity, ultraviolet and the oxygen level (oxidation) have no effect on a PaviX. As humidity increases, the crystals actually swell in the capillaries to block moisture from entering the capillary.
Does PaviX protect reinforcing steel?
Yes. By preventing the intrusion of chemicals, salt water, sewage and other harmful materials, PaviX protects concrete and reinforcing steel from deterioration and oxidation. If corrosion has already present, it will slow the process by not allowing moisture to enter.
Is PaviX toxic?
No, PaviX contains no volatile organic carriers (VOC) is completely safe to the environment.
Can PaviX be applied against hydrostatic pressure?
Yes, because PaviX is not dependent upon adhesion to the concrete surface and instead becomes an integral part of the concrete mass through crystallization, it is capable of resisting hydrostatic pressure from either side (positive or negative) of the concrete.
Is PaviX used to waterproof cracks, joints and other defects in concrete?
Yes, PaviX has a specific repair system that utilizes its unique crystalline waterproofing technology to stop water flow through up to 1/16 cracks. In the case of expansion joints or chronic moving cracks, a flexible sealant is recommended.
Is PaviX suitable for use on surfaces other than concrete?
PaviX is totally compatible with the chemistry of concrete, whether poured-in-place, pre-cast or concrete block. PaviX may also be used on mortar, plaster, stucco, terrazzo, exposed aggregate and any sand aggregate cement combination
Can paint and other finishing materials be applied over a PaviX coating?
Yes, paint, cement purge coats, plaster and stucco can be applied or installed over concrete protected with PaviX.
What are some typical PaviX applications?
PaviX can be applied to any concrete surface. Applications include bridge decks, airport runways, reservoirs, tunnels, parking structures, sidewalks, sewage and water treatment tanks, secondary containment structures, underground vaults, foundations, roof decks, and below grade construction.
How is PaviX different from other products?
The dual PaviX crystalline formation (hygroscopic and hydrophilic) for concrete waterproofing is substantially different from traditional barrier products (membranes, cementitious coatings):
- PaviX creates a crystalline structure deep within the pores and capillary tracts of the concrete mass to prevent the penetration of water and aggressive chemicals and also form a barrier at the surface of the concrete.
- PaviX it is resistant to
- PaviX will seal hairline
cracks up to 1/16 inch.
- PaviX will not deteriorate
after years of intense service.
- PaviX is permanent and crystals activate whenever moisture is present
What is the recommended application rate for PaviX?
Typically a coverage rate of between 150 and 200 square feet per gallon will provide ample coverage. Consultation with the manufacturer's technical department or a local PaviX representative for assistance in determining the appropriate dosage rate based on specific requirements and conditions of your project.