At Frontiers Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing, we understand the pivotal role a dry foundation plays in the structural integrity of your home. Waterproofing is not just an option—it’s an essential measure that safeguards your home against the damaging effects of moisture. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the know-how of foundation waterproofing, ensuring your basement remains a comfortable and secure part of your house!
Water can be a home’s worst enemy, leading to issues such as mold, mildew, structural damage, and decreased property value. Waterproofing your foundation keeps these troubles at bay, providing plenty of benefits:
Assess the Site Thoroughly inspect your foundation for any signs of existing water damage or entry points. These might include cracks in the foundation walls, gaps at joints, or places where pipes and utilities enter the house.
Choose Your Materials Select a high-quality waterproofing membrane or coating. Options may include liquid membranes, sheet membranes, and bentonite panels, each with different application processes and benefits.
Plan for Drainage Consider the installation of a proper drainage system, such as a French drain or a weeping tile system, which diverts water away from the foundation and is a critical step in a full waterproofing strategy.
Perform the Application Waterproofing products should be applied strictly following the manufacturer’s instructions. It can involve painting or spraying the material on the foundation walls, or laying down and securing sheets of waterproofing.
Before waterproofing can begin, the surface of the foundation must be properly prepared to ensure the best results:
By following these steps, homeowners can make informed decisions and carry out the foundation waterproofing process with greater success. And, when expert input is required, Frontiers Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing seasoned professionals are just a call away to ensure your home remains dry and secure.
Applying a moisture-resistant coating to prevent dampness from soil moisture.
Applying a full-proof barrier designed to prevent water and moisture penetration, including against hydrostatic pressure.
Typically tar-based or a simple cementitious coating.
Includes liquid membranes, sheet membranes, bentonite panels, crystalline sealants, and more.
Effective against soil moisture and dampness.
Effective against both moisture and liquid water, including heavy rains and high water table situations.
Less durable and may deteriorate over time.
More durable with longer life span and often comes with a warranty.
Generally less expensive as it provides a minimal level of protection.
Typically more expensive due to higher material costs and more complex installation.
Usually applied internally on foundation walls or on the exterior without excavation.
Often requires exterior application with excavation around the foundation for comprehensive coverage.
Might require more frequent checks and touch-ups.
Requires minimal maintenance given its robust application.
Sometimes, water finds its way indoors despite exterior protections. This is where interior waterproofing steps in, featuring methods like sump pump installation, the application of interior sealants, and the installation of interior drainage systems to address water that permeates the foundation walls.
Cracks in the foundation are inevitable over time but leaving them unchecked can lead to serious water intrusion problems. Professional repair involves identifying the source and type of crack, then sealing it with materials such as epoxy or polyurethane foam, ensuring a water-tight seal.
For effective foundation waterproofing, simple routine maintenance includes:
With over 15 years of experience in basement waterproofing, Frontiers Foundation is your trustworthy partner. Our expertise and innovative solutions are backed by our commitment to quality, customer satisfaction, and our vision for a future where every home is a safe haven against the elements.