Repairs and renovations on the basement structures of Moscow’s Ostankino Institute of TV and Radio Broadcasting were completed in March 2020. The Penetron System was extensively used to repair and waterproof the concrete foundations of the television center.
The Ostankino Institute of Television and Radio Broadcasting ("Ostankino”), located in Moscow, Russia, is Europe’s largest broadcasting center. It encompasses 300,000 m2 (3.3 million ft.2) of office space and production facilities used by federal TV channels, such as NTV, Match TV, Karusel and Channel One.
“Ostankino is directly adjacent to the well-known Ostankino Tower, a massive television and radio tower and the tallest freestanding structure (534 m / 1,772 ft.) in Europe,” says Igor Chernogolov, President of Penetron Russia.
Countering the Damage from Water Infiltration
Recently, leaks in the below-grade concrete structures at Ostankino were reported. An inspection by local Penetron experts revealed widespread water infiltration, concrete scaling and further signs of deterioration. After consultation with the project engineers, the Penetron crystalline waterproofing system was specified to repair and waterproof the compromised structures.
PENEPLUG was applied initially to quickly stop all active leaks and enable further repair work. This work consisted of routing out and filling large cracks with PENECRETE MORTAR, followed by a topical application of PENETRON over all repaired concrete surfaces.
Permanently Sealing Concrete Against Water Penetration
Once applied to the positive or negative side of the prepared concrete surface, the proprietary chemicals in all Penetron crystalline products react in a catalytic reaction with moisture to generate a non-soluble crystalline formation throughout the pores and capillary tracts of the concrete. This formation permanently seals micro-cracks, pores and capillaries against the penetration of water or liquids from any direction. The non-soluble crystalline formation generated by Penetron crystalline materials becomes an integral part of the concrete matrix and performs consistently during the service life of the concrete.
“As an integral solution, Penetron-treated concrete is maintenance free – and has the ability to self-heal hairline cracks that may form in the future,” adds Igor Chernogolov. “The downstream savings in maintenance and repair costs can be substantial.”