Bituminous Sheet Waterproofing
Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify bituminous waterproofing in sheet form for use on below-grade walls and decks.
Waterproofing is a “peel-and-stick” product that is applied to solid surfaces including concrete and masonry on below-grade walls and plaza decks. This type of waterproofing must be covered by soil or other construction. Bituminous sheet waterproofing comes in roll form with a release paper and is self-adhering.
Waterproofing is inherently self-sealing so small punctures and fastener holes do not require special treatment. The fact that it is only 36 inches wide results in numerous lap joints, which can be the weakest part of the system.
This waterproofing requires a protection course to prevent damage during backfilling and placement of overlying construction. A drainage course applied over the waterproofing reduces hydrostatic pressure, thereby reducing the possibility of leaks. Some drainage boards can also act as the protection course.
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Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
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