Seepage Control, Inc. has been sealing ponds and lakes since 1958. We manufacture and sell ESS-13, a liquid polymer emulsion that reduces the hydraulic conductivity of soils beyond their natural capability by filling voids as well as chemically and electrically modifying the alignment of the clay platelets in the soil. ESS-13 is cost-effective and compliant with EPA regulations.
Surfactants - specially designed to reduce the electrical charges on clay platelets. This reduction of electrical charge minimizes the natural electrical repulsion of the clay particles at the molecular level.
Emulsified vegetable oil – micron sized droplets fill voids and “lubricate” the clay platelets allowing for more efficient realignment.
Both of these components work together to improve the mechanical compaction of soils. Laboratory and field tests repeatedly show that introducing ESS-13 into the soil matrix decreases the hydraulic conductivity of the soil significantly; many times by a magnitude to a magnitude and a half.
ESS-13 has three basic formulations, depending on the application method, and each formulation is slightly different.
By using one of the ESS-13 systems, an environment is created that allows for continual seepage rate reduction. This is due to the stabilization of the soil and the reduction of voids. Microscopic fines that would ordinarily pass through the larger voids in the native soil will build up on the ESS-13 liner surface. The ESS-13 system is the only lining system that actually improves with time.