Waterproofing a large building, or even a small home, can be a tough problem to tackle if you live in a city that gets a good deal of rain or snow. While many residents and businesses usually fix underground flooding issues with some basic techniques, or what’s available in the local home department store, a new innovation created by a Long Island City-based company has solved the tricky situation with a gel called Aqua Loc.
CGI Northeast, a company operated and run by Greek-Americans John Kalafatis, John Tsampas, George Doukas and Eva Hatzaki, came up with the Concrete Gel Injection, or Aqua Loc technology, eight years ago when New York City real estate was running into property damage caused by water leaks through cracks in concrete walls and floors that can be a normal part of wear and tear on a building.
The system, in technical terms, is based on a concept that was developed in Europe approximately 20 years ago to prevent damage to large structures such as the Channel Tunnel in England. CGI worked on and expanded the “polymer technology” by creating a gel that is similar to the resistance of water. When Aqua Loc mixes with H2O, it “forms a flexible, permanent, non-flammable, non-toxic, and non-hazardous gel,” says a technical consultant with the company. Injecting the gel involves highly specialized tools, but once the job is done, it permanently seals and prevents continued water damage.
The Aqua Loc gel has been such a success since it was developed, that CGI has a long list of clients including many Manhattan high-rises, Verizon and the New Yorker Hotel; the technology has even been used in the Apple store on Fifth Avenue.
To see how it works, check out a video on the process:
For more information, visit CGI Northeast’s website.