External Waterproofing

It goes without saying, outside is where the water is. Over time, soil accumulates water, which causes the ground to expand to a certain degree. This expansion is one of the many reasons why water might enter your basement. The denser the soil around you, the more it is capable of holding the water. This is also the reason why external waterproofing is the best way to make sure your basement is dry and clean.

Why External Waterproofing Is Done

One of the key reasons why you would want to waterproof your basement is to prevent the water from entering and ruining your belongings. But that is only half of the story. Water that is in your basement creates a distinct odor that can carry all kinds of bacteria, which in turn might cause all kinds of allergies. Another reason is because external waterproofing is preventing structural deterioration. Indeed, water is the number one cause of deterioration or your founding walls.

Having your basement waterproofed will save you not only hundreds of dollars on repairs and rebuilds but the stress that comes with it. Waterproofing not only prevents water from entering your home but reinforce the foundation, meaning that your items are safe from physical damage. Another vital reason is that selling a water-damaged house is extremely hard. Most real estate agents advise their clients to repair their basements before offering the house on sale.

How Water Enters Your Basement

When the foundation wall just leaks, there’s little you can do to stop it. Most modern residential constructions use a poured concrete foundation wall design. This kind of wall tends to create pockets of air inside that will later accumulate water. The cause of these pockets can be anything from the poorly blended mixture to the absence of normal vibration of the poured wall.

If your home has a masonry wall, the most common reasons for seepage are cracks and deterioration of joints. It is usually the result of poor installation or repeated movement. Another less common but still possible issue can stem from the bricks themselves. They might have just enough porous to accumulate water, which means they will deteriorate too.

To stop all of the above-mentioned issues, external waterproofing is done. This is by far the most common method of solving the leakage. All you need to do is to install an exterior waterproofing membrane, which will serve as a barrier from the outside. This water damage might seem small but the sooner you react, the better. As soon as you see signs of water in your basement, ring the alarm.

How Waterproofing Is Done

What does the fixing process look like? It’s important to realize that there is no way you can eliminate such leaks without an excavation. Hence. the first thing that we need to do is start digging. Our specialists need to dig around 7-8 feet down until the footings of the foundation are visible. But that’s not all as the excavation place needs to be wide enough for our technicians to work effectively. The duration of the entire project depends on the number of affected walls. Once done, our experienced contractors will apply a thick layer of asphalt-modified polyurethane using masonry towels. The polyurethane itself is a dark substance that is often mistaken for being tar or roof cement. However, this powerful sealant is exclusively used on the ground as neither roof cement or tar will work just as effectively underground. After the membrane has aligned itself to the area, an insulating element, along with heavy-duty plastic drainage on a roll can be used over the membrane. This material will help protect the membrane itself whereas the drainage will force the water to go downward. Once everything is installed, the excavation is dug back.

Benefits Of Using A Membrane

Outside of being reliable, using a membrane as your primary waterproofing method also has many benefits. One of them is the fact that there is no need to swap anything. The membrane is applied on top of the founding wall, meaning that you don’t need to change or modify anything drastically.

Another benefit that it doesn’t take forever for the job to be done. In just a few hours, your basement will not only get safer but become more reliable and last you longer due to the installation of modern membranes. Unlike other materials, the membrane cannot corrode or biodegrade. The membrane is permanent, it does not react to water and can withstand just about any pressure. Ultimately, it’s a cost-effective waterproofing solution that will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Finally, if your basement has cracks, it has moisture. A high level of humidity usually causes moisture to elevate, which means you’ll have to deal with the growth of black and/or white mold. It’s a huge issue for people with respiratory issues. Installing a membrane will not only solve the problem but prevent mold from progressing, saving you money.

We Can Help

If you are looking for a highly skilled team of professionals in South Western Ontario, we are here to help. No matter the case, whether it’s a poor mortar joint, a crack, or some leaky things, our specialists aren’t afraid of challenges and are ready to install any waterproofing solution you want. We are a specialized construction company that can help you with a wide range of services. Just drop us a message or call us by phone and our expert will get back to you in no time. Let’s waterproof that basement of yours together!

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