Construction Glossary and Terms

Hot pitch or bitumen

A continuous layer of hot applied coal-tar pitch or soft bitumen is poured on the surface and spread to a thickness of not less than 3 mm. In dry weather a concrete blinding layer is ready for the membrane 3 days after placing. The surface of the concrete should be brushed to remove dust and primed with a solution of coal-tar pitch or bitumen solution or emulsion. The pitch is heated to 35°C to 45°C and bitumen to 50°C to 55°C.

Properly applied pitch or bitumen layers serve as an effective damp-proof membrane both horizontally and spread up inside wall faces to unite with dpcs in walls and require less patient application than plastic sheet materials.

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