High Performance Foundation Waterproofing
We know you’re not short of options when it comes to protective coatings. But, if you are looking to invest in the most superior choice that provides unparalleled quality and exceptional performance, then polyurea coatings what you need for foundation waterproofing.
Polyurea coatings have been around and used by many industries for decades now. However, with continuous innovation in its formulation plus the discovery of more of its potential, it has evolved to become the most advanced and dependable among the different types of protective coatings.
Why Waterproof a Foundation?
Foundation waterproofing prevents water from entering your home and seeping into the basement. Water can readily infiltrate your foundation through cracks or through your foundation wall if your building construction lacks this waterproofing. It also reduces soil pressure on the foundation wall.
Waterproofing a foundation wall increases durability and ensures that a building structure remains strong. Good quality waterproofing reduces insect infiltration and also provides insulation.
How Does Water Infiltrate a Foundation Wall?
If you want your underground walls to be log-lasting, foundation waterproofing is one of the best options. This is because water naturally gravitates to below-grade spaces and tries to fill them up. Some ways that water can enter are through tiny cracks, wall penetrations, flooding, concrete that cracks or shifts, and hydrostatic pressures. This causes a foundation to leak or become weak.
Excessive moisture also increases the relative humidity in your home which in turn leads to condensation, excess moisture and the growth of mold or mildew. Thus, waterproofing your foundation wall will save you hundreds of dollars in the long term.
Is Damp-Proofing and Waterproofing the Same?
Though damp-proofing and waterproofing appear to be similar, there is a difference between them.
While damp-proofing aims to keep moisture in the soil from infiltrating the foundation, waterproofing aims to keep moisture as well as liquids away from your home’s foundation. Damp proofing involves a simple treatment where asphaltic material is applied.
When you opt for damp-proofing, contractors will apply a spray or a protective coating to the outside of your foundation wall, whereas concrete foundation waterproofing involves the application of a waterproofing membrane along with a drainage board. This membrane is an impermeable coating that extends down to the drain. Sheets of the membrane may be fastened both horizontally and vertically, or alternatively, a waterproofing material may be sprayed on.
Both damp-proofing and waterproofing involve cleaning the foundation wall well before applying any coating. Loose particles are removed by brushing or washing and external cracks are first repaired.
Damp proofing, as well as waterproofing, need surface drainage and correctly installed drainpipes at the footings to ensure that long-lasting and adequate protection is supplied at the foundation.