What is the difference between positive and negative hydrostatic pressure | LATICRETE Conversations
Positive pressure refers to the side of the building or structure on the same side as the hydrostatic pressure. Think of the positive side as the side that, during construction, meets and needs to be waterproofed against, moisture going down. For example, when building a swimming pool, the inside of the pool is the positive side, as it must be waterproofed against the water that the pool will hold. The inside walls of the pool receive positive hydrostatic pressure. For this type of application you can use our waterproofing products like HYDRO BAN® Cementitious Waterproofing Membrane.
Conversely, let’s say you’re standing in your finished basement and you see water stains in your walls, this is negative pressure and it comes from water accumulation in the soil around the walls. Moisture in the soil can also make its through the slab and create problems for certain finishes like wood floors or impervious tiles. In these cases, vapor barrier primer products like VAPOR BAN™ Primer ER can be used to reduce the amount of moisture coming through the slab and make the moisture level tolerable for the chosen floor finish.
Have a project you'd like to discuss with us? Contact us!