FAQ's

Active WaterBars

1Why use a waterbar?

Waterproof concrete creates a waterproof barrier within the mass of the concrete; however, this is not likely to seal the day / construction joints, therefore, something needs to be done at this intersection.

2Why use a Static waterbar?
A Static waterbar's primary role is to place a tortuous path in the line of the water ingress. However, Manorteq Static Waterbars are more technical than just placing an obstacle in the way. Depending on the specification of the Manorteq Static Waterbar, it will either adhere to the concrete, swell against the concrete, or create permanent formwork for the concrete, saving time and cost of other trades.
3Why use a hydrophilic (Active) waterbar rather than a Static one?
A hydrophilic waterbar, either bentonite or synthetic rubber, does more than just place an obstacle in the way. When water touches it, it expands and creates an internal pressure against the concrete. This stops the water migrating through the void that has been created by concrete shrinkage at the construction/day joint.
4Why use HydroBar Original rather than HydroBar Evo?
  • Bentonite is a tried and tested method that has been used with the Xypex waterproofing system.
  • Bentonite becomes fibrous as it swells, it can "reach out" and fill fissures and bleed tracks in the concrete aiding the waterproofing
  • It is physically bigger and therefore it provides a natural physical barrier prior to the swelling being activated.
  • More options in the way it is installed.
5Why use HydroBar Evo rather than HydroBar Original?
  • It is significantly lighter making it easier to:
    • install overhead
    • hold its form - it will not sag under its own weight in heat.
    • ship - it's 83% lighter
  • It is more malleable, making it easier to thread between rebar etc.
  • The pressure it places on the concrete internally is more.
6Can I just place a HydroBar on the concrete or loosely tack it in place?
No. All HydroBar needs to be fixed securely to stop it moving or becoming dislodged when concrete is placed on it.
7Can I place a HydroBar anywhere?
Almost. However there needs to be enough concrete cover to retain the HydroBar at pressure. Please refer to the Technical Data Sheet for more information.
8Will the products interfere with the Xypex waterproofing system?
No. All Manorteq ancillary products are developed and selected to integrate seamlessly with the Xypex waterproofing system, as well as others.
9What is the preferred way to fit HydroBar Original?
Fixing Wire and nails - Please refer to the Technical Data Sheet.
10What is the prefered way to fit HydroBar Evo?

Fixing Glue - Please refer to the Technical Data Sheet.

11What is the preferred way to fit HydroBar Evo?
Fixing Glue - Please refer to the Technical Data Sheet.
12If the concrete surface is uneven, can I use HydroBar Evo?
Yes. The concrete should be clean and as flat as possible. However, if the surface is undulating, Manorteq Fixing Glue can be applied to the surface providing it is clean and free of loose material. It is imperative that the glue is in full contact with the concrete surface and the HydroBar Evo to ensure a successful application. NO gaps are acceptable. If Fixing Wire is used, SynMastic MUST be used to fill the voids under the HydroBar Evo for the full length of the application. Again, NO gaps are acceptable.
13If I use the Active waterbar system, do I have to only use this on the project?
No. It integrates seamlessly with the WaterBar Rigid System.

Static WaterBars

1Why use a waterbar?

Waterproof concrete creates a waterproof barrier within the mass of the concrete; however, this is not likely to seal the day / construction joints, therefore, something needs to be done at this intersection.

2Why use a Static waterbar?
A static waterbar's primary role is to place a tortuous path in the line of the water ingress. However, Manorteq Static Waterbars are more technical than just placing an obstacle in the way. Depending on the specification of the Manorteq Static Waterbar, it will either adhere to the concrete, swell against the concrete, or create permanent formwork for the concrete, saving time and cost of other trades.
3Why use a Static waterbar rather than a hydrophilic (Active) one?
A Static waterbar has many additional benefits other than just stopping water infiltration by placing an obstacle in the way (please see product pages). From a waterproofing perspective, it also binds to the concrete (bitumen) or swells against the concrete to seal (bentonite) - it must be noted the bentonite layer is significantly thinner than the HydroBar Original, therefore exerts less force.
4Can I just place a WaterBar Rigid on the reinforced steel mat?

No. All waterbar products need to be fixed securely to stop them moving or becoming dislodged when concrete is placed.

5Can I place a WaterBar Rigid anywhere?

Yes, but you must use the correct element in the correct place. Please refer to product pages.

6Will the products interfere with the Xypex waterproofing system?
No. All Manorteq ancillary products are developed and selected to integrate seamlessly with the Xypex waterproofing system, as well as others.
7Can I fix WaterBar Rigid to metal sheet piles?
No, you would have to use a HydroBar and link it together to create a complete sealed system.
8If I use the Static System, do I have to only use this on the project?
No. It integrates seamlessly with the HydroBar Active system.

Tie-Bolt System

FormPlug

1It is very tight to hammer in, how can this be made easier?
Dip the rubber part in clean water momentarily, this will allow the synthetic rubber part to slide in to the sleeve as though it has been lubricated.
2What size will it fit?

As standard, it will fit an internal diameter of 22 mm.

3Will the products interfere with the Xypex waterproofing system?
No. All Manorteq ancillary products are developed and selected to integrate seamlessly with the Xypex waterproofing system, as well as others.
4Does the sleeve need to be removed?
No. It should be used in conjunction with the FormRing.

FormRing

1It’s hard to slide the FormRing on the sleeve. What can I do?
Dip in clean water momentarily, this will allow the rubber to slide on to the sleeve as though it has been lubricated.
2What size will it fit?

As standard, it will fit an external diameter of 24 mm to 30 mm. The ring stretches.

3Will the products interfere with the Xypex waterproofing system
No. All Manorteq ancillary products are developed and selected to integrate seamlessly with the Xypex waterproofing system, as well as others.
4Does the sleeve need to be removed?
No. This product can be used without removing the sleeve.

Other products

SynMastic

1What is SynMastic used for?
It can be used:
  • as a bed to fix HydroBar Original.
  • to even out undulating concrete, so it fills all the gaps beneath the Hydrobar.
  • to fill gaps behind HydroBar Original and HydroBar Evo, when it is needed in situations such as 90o bends.

Fixing Glue

1What is Fixing Glue used for?
It can be used as:
  • the primary fixing solution for HydroBar Evo.
  • an alternative solution for HydroBar Original on concrete.
  • the primary solution for HydroBar Original on steel.
Are you interested?
If you have any questions on any of the products, please contact us.