Are you new to finding contractors to solve issues around your home? If so, you’ve stumbled into the right area. We want to discuss a few residential waterproofing systems that you may see implemented around your home when you have a water issue. For starters, it’s worth noting that waterproofing systems are so that you can prevent any type of water from leaking and damaging your basement – whether a solid concrete foundation or wood is in the area.
Rooms that are at ground level and below are typically the areas that are targeted when a contractor visits. When you don’t have the proper waterproofing systems intact for these areas, your foundation can be cracked, and pressure can make the wall vulnerable to leakage and condensation issues – especially those in a more humid or “tropical” environment. Some of these waterproofing systems and resolutions include:
Interior Sealant as a Waterproofing System
While the above mentioned system is typically a temporary solution, all the top foundation waterproofing company use this measure during the winter months to ensure that water from snow doesn’t penetrate the home and raise the water levels. For standard sealant practices, the contractor sprays a type of chemical spray. You may see them spray this sealant on floors or the wall to ensure that the humidity doesn’t create condensation in the area of application or around the entire room. There are multiple types of materials that can absorb this chemical composition; some of which include:
- Porous materials
- Various types of woods
When you don’t have a type of interior sealant, you run the risk of masonry cracking and causing more condensation, which will directly relate to damage done in concrete. Furthermore, when you don’t resolve any interior cracking issues, you may find that wood rot may occur.
If you’re curious about the most common uses of the interior sealants, you’ll find through research that they’re used to aid in resolving humidity issues inside of homes, which will affect the walls of the lower levels – including the basement. If you don’t have a proper drainage system, (and must wait to get one) we definitely suggest an interior or exterior sealant to combat condensation issues and cracks.
Exterior Sealant as a Waterproofing System
Exterior sealants as waterproofing measures are typically done as a permanent solution. Generally, they cost more than interior fixes that are temporary, and is a type of system that prevents any ground water from hitting and coming into contact with basement walls. In having an exterior sealant, you reduce the risk of mold and other water damages done to your basement.
Recognized as a type of IBC method for water damage prevention, these types of sealants are now a common method of waterproofing. Generally, they’re used as a polymer base, as it presents longevity. Any type that isn’t used as a polymer base will most likely begin to fail after 20 years. While that’s still a great deal of time, if you want something that you don’t typically have to replace within the life of the house, you should go with something that provides a polymer base. If you live in an area that sees heavy rain, or may become the target of a hurricane, you’ll most definitely want exterior sealant.
Water Drainage as a Waterproofing System
In short, water drainage is a great way to take the water away from your home and redirect it elsewhere. Noted as a type of basement waterproofing, the water is forced through a type of pump system to ensure that it doesn’t get into your home.
While there are other solutions beyond the above mentioned, these are the most effective in providing temporary and long-term resolutions. Some systems are more inexpensive than others, but their longevity (or lack thereof) speaks volumes.