You must waterproof the interior of your home. This will prevent moisture from infiltrating into the basement.
Water filtration can cause all sorts of damage, ranging from mold to insect infestation to catastrophic building failures.
What Is Waterproofing?
Basically, waterproofing prevents water from penetrating the foundation and entering the home. Waterproofing keeps the interior of your home dry. This leads to a reduction in humidity, protecting the things in your home from water damage or exposure.
Common Areas That Need Waterproofing
Some of the common areas that 58 Foundations see that need waterproofing include internal drains, joints, structural connections, and basement walls.
Waterproofing is also needed in balcony areas, in the kitchen, around the septic tank, in the bathroom, and around the water tank.
Of all of these, waterproofing basement walls is one of the essential aspects of keeping your home free from moisture and structurally sound.
A wet basement is caused by water leaking and seeping through the foundation and walls. Concrete blocks are porous. It can create a suction effect that pools water from the surrounding soil into the home.
As water collects outside foundation walls, hydrostatic pressure can reach 600 pounds per square foot.
This water pressure finds its way through mortar joints, holes in concrete blocks, and areas where pipes penetrate the wall. If this happens, water needs to be cleared away from the foundation, and waterproofing needs to occur.
Types of Waterproofing
Modern waterproofing includes admixtures. This is where chemicals are added to the cement mixture to make the cement concrete waterproof.
Currently, several admixtures can make the concrete watertight. Contractors will need to choose high-quality admixtures for the best results.
Bituminous coating is a protective material that is flexible in nature. It is also referred to as asphalt coating.
When placed on the surface of a concrete foundation, it can minimize water penetration and dampness inside the building. This coating is best used in shaded areas. It becomes brittle if it is exposed to the sun for too long.
Bituminous membrane is used on roofs that have a low slope. This could be used to add waterproofing to both residential and commercial buildings. Bituminous adhesive compounds are made from polymers, fillers, and asphalt materials.
It is highly sticky and has a waterproof nature. This form of waterproofing is not suitable for surfaces with high temperatures or a lot of UV exposure.
These are just a few of the many waterproofing options that are currently available.
Advantages of Waterproofing
Waterproofing protects reinforced steel from corrosion. It prevents moisture from seeping into the building’s structure and increases its durability.
Waterproofing can prevent the formation of cracks in concrete structures and can make concrete structures watertight. Building structures have a healthier environment when they are adequately waterproofed.
Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life. Protect it from moisture by keeping things adequately waterproofed.