FlowBase

Product description

High strength, fiber-reinforced cement-based pumpable floor leveling compound. Suitable for leveling cavity slabs and concrete floors in homes, commercial premises, hospitals, offices and schools. Suitable as a base for mats, for painting, tiling or as a base for adhesive surface materials. FlowBase can be used for alkali protection with a minimum layer thickness of 5 mm.

 

  • For layer thicknesses 8-30 mm (partial levelling max. 50 mm)
  • Pumpable and suitable for leveling by hand
  • Compressive strength C 30
  • Surface tensile strength > 1,5 MPa

Applications

  • Levelling of hollow slabs and concrete floors in flats, business premises, hospitals, offices and schools
  • Levelling of hollow slabs and concrete floors at site where high strength properties are required
  • Suitable for the base of coatings (epoxy, acrylic, or paint) requiring high strength with a layer thickness exceeding 5 mm
  • For the base of a glue-down wooden floor
The product is listed in the portal for building products that can be used in Nordic Swan Ecolabelled buildings.

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EAN code Product name Product number Package size
6416841331489 FlowBase 1000 kg 33148 1000 kg
FlowBase bulk delivery 33848 1 kg

Instructions

Base
  • Concrete and hollow slab bases
  • The base must be clean, dust-free, solid and firmly fixed in place
  • Loose layers, cement paste, and other impurities have been mechanically removed to ensure adhesion between the floor levelling compound and base
  • The tensile strength of the base must be > 1.5 MPa
  • The temperature of the underfloor structure is > +10°C and relative humidity < 95% RH The relative humidity of the underfloor structure affects the setting of the floor levelling compound
  • If necessary, any unevenness can be filled in with the appropriate Fescon product before floor leveling.
  • Possible leakage areas are sealed with putty
Priming
  • Priming is performed according to the instructions of Fescon Adhesive Primer or Flow Primer, depending on the base
  • Priming of non-absorbing surfaces (such as ceramic tiles, epoxy, metal surfaces) according to the instructions of Primer PLUS
Instructions for use
  • The workspace must be protected all over against wind, draught, sun, and rain
  • When pumping, the minimum layer thickness must be checked with the floor work contractor
  • During floor work, the indoor temperature has to be +10°C…+25°C, and the relative humidity of the indoor air > 40% RH
  • Mix a bag (20 kg) of the levelling compound in 3.8 - 4.2 litres of cold water
  • Do not use more water than instructed, because it will reduce the strength values of the floor levelling compound, increases the risk of separation, and adds to the setting time of the floor levelling compound
  • The levelling compound is mixed to a consistent paste with a drill paddle, or if pumped, with an automated or pipe mixer.
  • Apply the levelling compound with a steel trowel or pump onto the surface being levelled. Pumped floor leveling with a thickness of 10 – 30 mm is finished with a roller screed, and thicker layers are leveled by breaking the surface tension of the leveling compound.
  • Workable for about half an hour after adding water
  • Wash tools with water immediately after completing the work
  • Make sure ventilation is adequate after finishing the floor levelling compound work.
  • If need be, the setting of the floor levelling compound can be accelerated by grinding the surface because this reduces the resistance of water vapour in the surface of the floor levelling compound
  • The setting times are greatly affected by the conditions at the work site, ventilation, and the amount of water used in the floor levelling compounds
  • Pumping from a tanker lorry is not recommended < -25°C
  • The floor load capacity is estimated work site specifically with the floor levelling contractor
Covering
  • Can be coated with ceramic tiles, plastic coatings, textile mats, vinyl tiles, wood parquet or laminate, and cork. If necessary, overlaying by Fescon manually-applicable levelling compounds, such as FlowPlan
  • Also suitable as the base of a glue-down wooden floor or painting
  • However, it must be ensured that the levelling compound, concerning its technical properties, meets the requirements of the manufacturer of the floor covering and RYL for bases to be covered, with the entire structure in mind. 
  • Once the floor levelling compound has reached the degree of dryness required by the covering, the floor is covered or aftercare commenced
  • The floor levelling compound must not be left uncovered for more than 3 months due to the risk of it cracking or detaching
  • Check the humidity of the entire floor structure before installing a coating
  • Good setting properties for the floor levelling compound require that the indoor humidity is less than 50% RH and the temperature is over +20°C. Poor conditions slow down the development of the strength characteristics of floor levelling compounds and increase the setting time
  • In conditions with an RH of less than 40%, special attention should be paid to when to start the aftercare. The need for aftercare is assessed on a case-by-case basis. 
Waste handling

Storage and handling of waste. See the separate storage and disposal instructions https://www.fescon.fi/en/material-bank

Technical information

Material usage

approx. 1,7 kg/m²/mm

Water requirement 3,8 - 4,2 l / 20 kg (130 - 135 mm flow as measured by Fescon flow plate)
Type powder
Binder special cement
Colour gray
Maximum grain size

0.6 mm

Package size 1000 kg, bulk delivery
Storage

storage time in a dry location approx. 10 months

Layer thickness

for layer thicknesses 8 - 30 mm (partial levelling max. 50 mm)

Fibre fibre-reinforced, plastic fibre
Usage temperature

+10°C...25°C (platform and internal temperature)

Workability time approx. 0.5 h
Coatable approx. 1-3 weeks (+20°C, RH 50% ) < 30 mm, > 30 mm the drying time will be longer
Walkable approx. 4 - 6 h
Strength class C 30 (EN 13813)
Compressive strength

> 30 MPa (28 days +20°C, RH 50%)

Adhesion strength

> 1.5 MPa for concrete (28 day +20°C, RH 50%)

Flexural bond strength F 7 (EN 13813)
Surface tensile strength > 1,5 MPa
Frost resistance non-frost resistant, for indoor spaces
pH < 11 low alkaline (hardened material)
Waterproofness

waterproof

The information is based on tests and practical experience. We cannot affect conditions at the work site so we cannot assume responsibility for the end result affected by local conditions.

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