Hydraulic Cement

About hydraulic cement

Hydraulic cement is the name of a particular tool used in the construction industry, to repair the water leaks that often plague structures created out of brick or concrete. As its name suggests, this product is a kind of cement, one, which is comparable to mortar. What sets this product apart is the fact that it has the ability to harden and set rather quickly after it has come into contact with water. This attribute helps to explain why this product sees wide use when there is a need to plug leaks in structures, which are located underneath water, or which end up significantly affected by water.


Some specific examples of situations where hydraulic cement can be invaluable include places exposed to a marine environment, pools, fountains, water tanks and cisterns, drainage pipes and fixtures, property foundations, and other situations where the seal is expected to come into contact with water. Other less obvious examples include elevator shafts, chimney chutes, and manholes. In addition, any basic structure made of brick or concrete could benefit from the use of hydraulic cement.

Advantages and disadvantages of hydraulic cement

It's important to be familiar with the upsides and downsides of this form of cement so that an informed decision can be made. As far as the downsides are concerned, hydraulic cement does make timely application vital because it can only be moulded and worked on for fifteen minutes at most. This means that workers need to be acutely aware of the time. Another downside is that this cement is not a good choice on a surface which has iced over or is frozen, or if there will be a significant cooling of the temperature in the area over the next two days.

The product does have many advantages though, to offset those downsides. Hydraulic cement is a sturdy sealing solution that has a long lifespan. It creates a proper seal very quickly so that it is able to stop water leaks only minutes after it makes contact with the water. This product is relatively affordable, and its use is fairly straightforward and not that hard to understand. The seal can be made even on non-horizontal or vertical surfaces. Exposure to immersion in water will not weaken the seal. Rust is not a problem, and neither is any potential shrinkage. Finally, there is some flexibility to the length of time needed for the seal to be completed so that water, which is hotter will hasten the seal and water that is colder will slow the seal down.

One other thing to keep in mind is that this product is designed to stop water leaks. If, however, the problem is not a leak but excessive condensation, then this product will not be the right one for the job.