Plant Fibers as Waterproofing Membrane

Mike Francis P. De Guzman, Clyde L. Lagutao, Calvin T. Macion, Ramon Jr. Hinlog

Abstract


Waterproofing is a method by which an item is made resistant to damage
by water. In order for the structure to be durable, strong, and longlasting,
part of it must have a waterproofing system to avoid corrosion
and deterioration. This study aimed to produce an environmentalfriendly,
cost-efficient, and easy-to-prepare waterproofing system using
plant fibers. Experimental method was used, namely the leak test, to
determine whether the plant fibers could be used as a viable substitute
for the commercial waterproofing membrane. The samples were then
tested for one week (7 days, 168 hours) to determine their respective
volume discharges. The results were gathered and the necessary data
and graphs were shown to better visualize the results. A t-test was
also utilized in order to find out the significant difference of the three
waterproofing membranes. These were then compared to evaluate
which waterproofing is more suitable. The t-test results revealed that the
plant fibers as waterproofing membrane could be a viable replacement
for the commercial waterproofing membrane.


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