What are the components of a waterproofing system in the roof of a typical pumping station?

WATERPROOFING SYSTEM ROOFING TUTORIALS
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In the design of a waterproofing system at the roof of a pumping station, normally the following components are:

(i) Above the structural finish level of the concrete roof, a screed of uniform thickness is applied to provide a smooth surface for the application of waterproofing membrane. (Screed of varying thickness can also be designed on the roof to create a slope for drainage.)

The screed used for providing a surface for membrane should be thin and possess good adhesion to the substrate. Moreover, the screed aids in the thermal insulation of the roof.

(ii) Above the screed, waterproofing membrane is provided to ensure watertightness of the roof.

(iii) An insulation board may be placed on top of waterproof membrane for thermal insulation. In cold weather condition where the loss of heat at the roof is significant, the insulation board helps to reduce these losses.

On the contrary, in summer the roof is heated up by direct sunlight and the insulation layer reduces the temperature rise inside the pumping station.

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