Product Data Sheet
|07 13 00||No. 714-F|
Pre-Applied/Underslab/Blindside Waterproofing Membrane
PRECON is a composite sheet membrane comprised of a non-woven fabric, elastomeric membrane, and W. R. MEADOWS’ exclusive, patented plasmatic core (U.S. Patent No. 7,179,761). The plasmatic core is a seven-layer matrix designed for toughness and provides the lowest water vapor transmission (WVT) rating on the market. Once concrete is poured against PRECON and the concrete cures, a mechanical bond forms that secures the concrete to the membrane.
PRECON is used as a blindside membrane in vertical applications where access to the positive side is limited. The membrane can also be used for horizontal applications for underslab/blindside waterproofing and vaporproofing.
- Provides a waterproof seal between the membrane and poured concrete wall.
- Helps prevent moisture migration into the structure.
- Reduces methane and radon gas intrusion.
4′ (1.2 m) wide x 50′ (15.2 m) long rolls, one roll per carton.
STORAGE AND HANDLING
Store membrane cartons on pallets and cover if left outside. Keep materials away from sparks and flames.
– ASTM E1993-98 – Standard Specification for Bituminous Water Vapor Retarders used in Contact with Soil or Granular Fill under Concrete Slabs.
– LARR Report 26023
Surface Preparation … Inspect all surfaces for any conditions detrimental to the proper completion of the work. Surfaces should be structurally sound. Remove debris or any other foreign material that could damage the membrane.
PRECON can be used with a caisson wall shoring system without the use of a drainage board, such as MEL-DRAIN™ from W. R. MEADOWS. W. R. MEADOWS recommends proper site drainage, but due to certain site conditions this sometimes cannot be done effectively. The decision to remove the drainage board should be at the discretion of the engineer. In situations where a drainage board is not applied, surface preparation is important. The substrate needs to be sound, solid, and smooth. Any gaps or voids >1″ (25 mm) need to be grouted. When PRECON is used with MEL-DRAIN from W. R. MEADOWS, the system can bridge gaps <2″ (50.8 mm). However, gaps >2″ (50.8 mm) will need to be grouted.
Application Method … PRECON may be applied at temperatures down to 40° F (5° C); however, in less than ideal environments or marginal conditions, consider the use of PRECON LOW TEMP below 60° F (16° C). PRECON LOW TEMP can be used in temperatures down to 25° F (-4° C). MEL-PRIME™ from W. R. MEADOWS should be used to enhance the bond at the selvedge edge when conditions warrant with both PRECON and PRECON LOW TEMP.
Prior to application of the blindside membrane, attach MEL-DRAIN™ rolled matrix drainage system from W. R. MEADOWS to lagging or soil retention system.
In vertical applications of PRECON, mechanically attach with fasteners every 12″ (304.8 mm) across the top, within ½” (13 mm) of the top edge of the membrane. Install the membrane with the fabric side facing toward the concrete pour ( Application Video).
Remove release paper on 6″ (152.4 mm) overlap. Apply membrane and roll press into place with a tile type roller.
End Laps … Overlap membrane 6″ (152.4 mm). Prior to overlap, apply BEM, HYDRALASTIC 836, or MEL-ROL® LIQUID MEMBRANE* (two-component) from W. R. MEADOWS in area to be lapped. Roll press membrane into BEM, HYDRALASTIC 836, or MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE. At terminations of membrane, apply BEM, HYDRALASTIC 836, or MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE 12″ (304.8 mm) wide centered over the termination and while still wet, embed 12″ (31 cm) wide DETAIL FABRIC into the HYDRALASTIC 836 or MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE and roll press into place. Ensure that DETAIL FABRIC is centered over the termination with 6″ (152.4 mm) on each side of lap edge. Apply additional HYDRALASTIC 836 on all terminations of DETAIL FABRIC.
Penetrations and Protrusions … Detail around all horizontal and vertical penetrations using BEM or MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE (two-component) from W. R. MEADOWS. Apply BEM or MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE by forming a fillet around the pipe or protrusion, overlapping the fabric side of PRECON and the protrusion a minimum of 2.5″ (64 mm). If the gap between the protrusion and the membrane is greater than ½” (13 mm), apply PRECON FABRIC TAPE over uncured BEM or MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE. All penetration and protrusion surfaces must be clean, rust-free, and sound prior to application of BEM or MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE ( Application Video).
*MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE is a two-component material, not to be confused with MEL-ROL LM.
For horizontal applications involving a cluster of penetrations, consider the use of HYDRALASTIC 836. Prior to application of HYDRALASTIC 836, prepare the surfaces of the penetrations as above and provide a block out using 2′ x 4′ (.6 x 1.2 m) lumber or other in order to create a “pitch pan” area to receive HYDRALASTIC 836 ( Application Video).
Patching … Prior to pouring, inspect membrane for punctures or damage and repair as necessary with HYDRALASTIC 836 and/or DETAIL FABRIC. (BEM or MEL-ROL LIQUID MEMBRANE may be used in place of HYDRALASTIC 836.) In addition, ensure the membrane is free of standing water and has been cleaned of any deleterious materials that will affect the bond of the concrete to the membrane.
Underslab Application … Refer to ACI 302.1R-04: Chapter 4 – Site Preparation and Placing Environment for sub-grade preparation prior to PRECON placement.
Concrete should be poured within 60 days of membrane installation. For installations below 40° F (4° C), contact W. R. MEADOWS technical services. When using bar supports, use those with a flat bottom.
May help contribute to LEED credits:
- EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance
- EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
- EAc2: Optimize Energy Performance
- MRc9: Construction and Demolition Waste Management
|Property||Test Method||PRECON Results|
|Thickness||ASTM D1000||73 mil (1.85 mm)|
|Low Temp Flexibility||ASTM D1970, 180° @ ‐20° F (‐28.9° C)||Pass|
|Resistance to Hydrostatic Head||ASTM D5385-93||230′ (70 m)|
|Elongation, Polymeric Membrane||ASTM D412-06||> 400%|
|Tensile Strength, Film||ASTM D882||9200 psi (63.4 MPa)|
|Crack Cycling||ASTM C836 @ -15° F (-26° C)||Pass|
|Puncture Resistance||ASTME 154||> 210 lb. (> 934 N)|
|Peel Adhesion to Concrete||ASTMD 903||10 lb./in (1754 N/m)|
|Moisture Vapor Transmission||ASTME 96B||0.0011 perms
(0.007 gram/m2/24 hr)
|Resistance to Fungi in Soil||GSA-PBS 07115 – 16 Weeks||No Effect|
|Radon Transmittance (m/s)||k124/02/95||<3.0 x 10-9|
|Radon Coefficient (m2/s)||k124/02/95||<5.6 x 10-12|
PRECON is great. It was used under the entire basement floor and is a full-blown barrier. It is much better than the old poly or plastic we previously used. PRECON is applied on its own and needs nothing else, and seals really well, creating what I call the ‘bathtub effect’. It also went down easier than I thought it would.”
Read Full Testimonial
W. R. MEADOWS and its distributor team provided a complete package: the PRECON product itself and its lower installed cost, installation guidance, project monitoring, and flexibility in working with contractors. These were all critical factors in addressing Marina Heights’ waterproofing challenges, and in the end, everyone wins.”
Intertek Architectural Testing
Read Full Testimonial
PRECON from W. R. MEADOWS worked great at our Marina Heights project! We were looking for a combined waterproofing and vaporproofing product and PRECON was the absolute correct choice. Installation was easy and effective and the building owner and design team were very happy with the product’s performance. The membrane was tough and durable and we had a great experience with the installation. We look forward to our next project using PRECON and other building envelope materials from W. R. MEADOWS.”
Firestop Southwest, Inc.
Read Full Testimonial
There were significant challenges related to groundwater every time it rained,” said Jeremy Dunaway, Regional Manager for Michigan-headquartered Ram Construction. A very big concern considering Ram was tasked with waterproofing a mile’s worth of tunnels 15-feet underground beneath the floor upon which commercial jetliners were going to be assembled.”
Read Full Testimonial