Basement Waterproofing Membrane

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Basement Waterproofing Membrane

Sealing Basement Water Out Waterproof coatings and membranes can provide a first line of defense in a waterproofing system, but not a final one What went wrong? Waterproof membranes and paints can’t provide total waterproofing protection because they don’t stop water from leaking into the basement along the wall/floor joint. How difficult can it be to seal a basement so that no water can get inside? With all the hi-tech materials we have these days, isn’t there some way to totally seal water out so that there’s never any worry about a wet basement? Manufacturers of waterproof coatings and waterproof membranes would certainly like you to believe that their products will eliminate any chance of ground water entering your basement. But unfortunately, this isn’t the case. As hydrostatic pressure increases, so does the leakage potential. Water weighs about 60lbs. per cubic foot. When wet weather causes the soil outside your basement to become saturated with water, hydrostatic pressure against your foundation increases by thousands of pounds. A waterproof membrane or coating can succeed in preventing water intrusion across most of a basement wall surface. But with high hydrostatic pressure, even a small crack or gap can admit a significant amount of water into your basement. It’s also important to note that membranes and paints can’t do anything to seal the crack that runs between the basement wall and the concrete slab floor – a major source of water leaks in most basements. Smarter strategies for keeping your basement dry Taking a realistic approach to basement waterproofing means paying attention to different systems and strategies that can work together. Used in combination, the methods described below provide the best protection against unwanted water in the basement. Direct water away from your foundation. Give your basement waterproofing system a fighting chance by encouraging water to drain away from your foundation. Make sure gutters and downspouts are functioning well to avoid backups and overflowing water that collects near the foundation. If necessary, install splash plates or downspout extensions to transport roof runoff away from foundation walls. Repel water with membranes and/or coatings. While you can’t expect total waterproofing protection from a membrane or coating, this treatment can limit the amount of ground water that penetrates through masonry walls. Install an interior French drain and sump pump system. WaterGuard® drains connected to a TripleSafe® sump pump will provide the best protection against water in your basement. Unlike membrane and coating treatments, the WaterGuard® interior drainage system can deal with water that leaks into the basement along the wall/floor joint. Instead of allowing hydrostatic pressure to build up around your foundation, the WaterGuard® system alleviates this pressure by capturing water before it reaches your basement floor and then pumping it to the exterior. Put wet basement worries behind you! Contact your Basement Systems dealer today for a free inspection and free basement waterproofing estimate. Most waterproofing systems can be completely installed in just one or two days. Don’t delay, call today. NextLesson Next Lesson Exterior Basement Waterproofing Previous Lesson Previous Lesson Options for Basement Repair Looking for a price? Get a no cost, no obligation free estimate.

Basement Waterproofing Membrane

Smarter strategies for keeping your basement dry Taking a realistic approach to basement waterproofing means paying attention to different systems and strategies that can work together. Used in combination, the methods described below provide the best protection against unwanted water in the basement. Direct water away from your foundation. Give your basement waterproofing system a fighting chance by encouraging water to drain away from your foundation. Make sure gutters and downspouts are functioning well to avoid backups and overflowing water that collects near the foundation. If necessary, install splash plates or downspout extensions to transport roof runoff away from foundation walls. Repel water with membranes and/or coatings. While you can’t expect total waterproofing protection from a membrane or coating, this treatment can limit the amount of ground water that penetrates through masonry walls. Install an interior French drain and sump pump system. WaterGuard® drains connected to a TripleSafe® sump pump will provide the best protection against water in your basement. Unlike membrane and coating treatments, the WaterGuard® interior drainage system can deal with water that leaks into the basement along the wall/floor joint. Instead of allowing hydrostatic pressure to build up around your foundation, the WaterGuard® system alleviates this pressure by capturing water before it reaches your basement floor and then pumping it to the exterior.

Basement Waterproofing Membrane

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Another specialized area of waterproofing is roof top decks and balconies. Waterproofing systems have become quite sophisticated and are a very specialized area. Failed waterproof decks, polymer or tile, are one of the leading causes of water damage to building structures, and of personal injury when they fail. Where major problems occur in the construction industry is when improper products are used for the wrong application. While the term waterproof is used for many products, each of them has a very specific area of application, and when manufacturer specifications and installation procedures are not followed, the consequences can be severe. Another factor, is the impact of expansion and contraction on waterproofing systems for decks. Decks constantly move with changes in temperatures, putting stress on the waterproofing systems. One of the leading causes of waterproof deck system failures is the movement of underlying substrates (plywood) that cause too much stress on the membranes resulting in a failure of the system. While beyond the scope of this reference document, waterproofing of decks and balconies is a complex of many complimentary elements. These include the waterproofing membrane used, adequate slope-drainage, proper flashing details, and proper construction materials.

Basement Waterproofing Membrane

Liquid waterproofing membranes are also the most affordable. They are recommended for waterproofing hard-to-reach places such as undersurfaces, curved spots, and angled nooks. The liquid membrane spreads over a greater surface area, providing more coverage per application. Liquid waterproofing membrane is easy to apply. It is the most effective form of basement waterproofing.

Basement Waterproofing Membrane

Product Overview The Bituthene System 4000 200 sq. ft. Waterproof Membrane and Conditioner is a flexible, pre-formed membrane designed for foundation walls, tunnels, earth-sheltered structures and more. California residents: see Proposition 65 information 1/16 in. flexible, pre-formed waterproof membrane with latex conditioner Ideal for foundation walls, tunnels, earth-sheltered structures, and split-slab construction such as plaza areas and parking decks Also for interior uses including mechanical rooms, laboratories and kitchens For positive-side waterproofing applications over concrete-, masonry- and wood surfaces Cross laminated, high-density polyethylene carrier film provides high tear strength and resists punctures and impacts Accommodates minor structural movements and will bridge shrinkage cracks Split release-on-demand feature allows the splitting of the membrane into 2 pieces for ease of installation in detailed areas Surface conditioner is ready to use and can be applied by spray or roller Conditioner provides a high-tack finish and is specifically formulated to bind site dust and concrete efflorescence Special adhesive compound engineered to work with high tack system 4000 surface conditioner Wide application temperature range and cold applied for simple application to substrates, especially at low temperatures Overlap security minimizes the margin for error under site conditions Info & Guides Instructions / Assembly Product Brochure Specification You will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to view PDF documents. Download a free copy from the Adobe Web site.

Basement Waterproofing Membrane

The Bituthene System 4000 200 sq. ft. Waterproof Membrane and Conditioner is a flexible, pre-formed membrane designed for foundation walls, tunnels, earth-sheltered structures and more. California residents: see Proposition 65 information 1/16 in. flexible, pre-formed waterproof membrane with latex conditioner Ideal for foundation walls, tunnels, earth-sheltered structures, and split-slab construction such as plaza areas and parking decks Also for interior uses including mechanical rooms, laboratories and kitchens For positive-side waterproofing applications over concrete-, masonry- and wood surfaces Cross laminated, high-density polyethylene carrier film provides high tear strength and resists punctures and impacts Accommodates minor structural movements and will bridge shrinkage cracks Split release-on-demand feature allows the splitting of the membrane into 2 pieces for ease of installation in detailed areas Surface conditioner is ready to use and can be applied by spray or roller Conditioner provides a high-tack finish and is specifically formulated to bind site dust and concrete efflorescence Special adhesive compound engineered to work with high tack system 4000 surface conditioner Wide application temperature range and cold applied for simple application to substrates, especially at low temperatures Overlap security minimizes the margin for error under site conditions Info & Guides Instructions / Assembly Product Brochure Specification You will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to view PDF documents. Download a free copy from the Adobe Web site.

Basement Waterproofing Membrane

Improving Your Home’s Health – For over 15 years our RadonSeal® Permanent Concrete Sealer, DIY Crack Injection Kits, and basement waterproofing and radon mitigating products have proven to be the ideal solution for permanently waterproofing wet foundation walls, concrete floors and improving the overall health of your basement and home. Our unique, high-strength, basement waterproofing materials continue to be trusted by professionals and DIY homeowners alike.

Basement Waterproofing Membrane

From the late 1990s to the 2010s, the construction industry has had technological advances in waterproofing materials, including integral waterproofing systems and more advanced membrane materials. Integral systems such as hycrete work within the matrix of a concrete structure, giving the concrete itself a waterproof quality. There are two main types of integral waterproofing systems: the hydrophilic and the hydrophobic systems. A hydrophilic system typically uses a crystallisation technology that replaces the water in the concrete with insoluble crystals. Various brands available in the market claim similar properties, but not all can react with a wide range of cement hydration by-products and thus require caution. Hydrophobic systems use fatty acids to block pores within the concrete, preventing water passage.

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