Waterproofing Membranes: ACCL Waterproofing
What are waterproofing membranes?
A waterproofing membrane is a thin layer of water-tight material that is laid over a surface. This layer is continuous and does not allow water to pass through it. For example, on a flat terrace, a waterproofing membrane could be laid above the structural slab and below the finish tiles. This will ensure that water does not seep into the structural slab. The tiles and membrane must be laid over a filler material that is sloped to ensure that water flows into sumps and drains. Any water that remains as puddles over the tiles is likely to seep into the slab over time, so puddles are to be avoided at all costs.
Why is it important?
Many commercial and residential buildings have poor quality waterproofing which can cause reporting annual water damage due to the builders inadequate methods. Water damage is a high number of building defects and needs to be dealt with immediately to save money and sometime even the property.
The benefits of waterproofing includes:
Protection from leakage and damage
Strengthening the structure of the building
Reducing costs for maintenance and increasing value of the property
Waterproofing membranes are an essential component to protect a home as stated above with the numerous benefits it brings. Regardless of the scale, size, location or type of building, it is a must have repair for the health and safety of the home owners and the structure of the home.
Types of waterproofing membranes:
The foundation of the home is what keeps the building in place and is IMPORTANT to make sure it is securely waterproofed and secure. If anything impacts the foundation in a hazardous level it becomes unsafe to inhabit the property until the issue is properly solved. Water/moisture leakage and molding is the number one factor of foundation issues that deals with needing membranes. When the foundation begins to leak it wets the soil beneath the home and causes the ground to expand and lose strength, leading to cracks and more damage to the property. Liquid-applied and sheet membranes are the common use to deal with waterproofing the foundation.
Basements tend to allow water to seep right into the foundation causing issues with molding. Exterior waterproofing is recommended for basements, particularly older ones, so the water can be halted at the source. If membrane is not properly installed some back-up methods include sump pumps or installing a dehumidifier. The best result though would be to waterproof using a PVC blend membrane on the external walls of the property.
Keep your home waterproofed:
Waterproofing is designed to prevent water damage and structural damage to a building or feature. Although many people tend to overlook the importance of waterproofing and assume it to be a costly affair when it comes to their homes, the prevention of water-based damage will reduce the need for future maintenance and keep the property safe from leakages and cracked foundations.
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If you’ve noticed foundation cracks, spots, water, mold, and mildew, don’t ignore the signs or it could lead to more damage and possible health effects.
The basement waterproofing specialists at ACCL Waterproofing know how to repair your basement and foundation walls and keep moisture out of your basement. We would be pleased to develop a guaranteed solution to keep your basement dry!
DEALING WITH A WET BASEMENT
In order to fix the problem of a wet basement, a homeowner will have to take several steps to avoid further problems. The first step is to find the source of the water. A person can get water in their basement from many different sources.
It could be a leaky pipe. The homeowner should check any of the water lines in the basement and see if they can spot any leaks.
If the water is coming from the pipes that are behind the walls this will require the help of a professional to determine the cause and to find a way to fix it. It is also possible that the water is coming into the home from the outside. If the home is not placed on the property so that the water drains away from the home, it can be a serious issue. Most home foundations are made with concrete. Concrete is a porous material. If the water from the outside drains towards the home, it will end up with a homeowner having a wet basement.
If the water is coming through the foundation from the outside, a company that specializes in waterproofing a home will need to be called in. They can seal up the concrete and make sure the water drains away from the home to make sure the water does not get into the basement.
Once a person has found a solution to the wet basement problem, they will need to re-mediate any damage that has occurred. The water in the basement needs to be dried up or a person could end up dealing with a problem with mold. Water can also cause structural damage to a home. Any material that has been damaged by water will have to be either replaced or cleaned in a way to retard mold growth.
LEAKS – WHY BASEMENTS LEAKS IN WINTER?
Basements can leak water throughout the year whether moisture present is from rain or snow.
During the winter months, basements radiate heat out into the surrounding soil, usually about 8 inches away from the foundation. This heat melts the frozen soil around the basement creating a pocket of moisture similar to a puddle. The water becomes trapped between the frozen soil and the basement walls during the winter time. The downward pull of gravity, known as hydrostatic pressure, is what forces the water into the basement creating a leak.
To further explain: hydrostatic pressure is what builds up around your basement’s foundation and pushes water seepage into your home’s foundation. As water builds up in the pocket of porous soil surrounding the exterior basement walls, gravity pulls the water downward forcing water seepage into the basement.This is why basements leak water during the winter months, even if there isn’t a heavy rainstorm or running water outside the foundation.
Most often the leaking water enters the basement where the floor and walls meet or a crack in the wall or mortar joints. This type of water leak is best fixed by relieving the hydrostatic pressure.
The same can happen with a big snowstorm. When the snow starts to melt, it forms a pool of water around the basement walls and leaks into the basement. Additionally, when ice and snow start to build up on the rooftop, it eventually melts and falls onto the ground, which happens to be right around your foundation. The ground becomes saturated and leaks into the basement.
When dealing with basement leaks, it’s always best to call in a professional. The most effective way to fix leaks caused by hydrostatic pressure is to relieve the pressure. There are a variety of solutions that maybe available to you. Let a professional basement waterproof company identify the problem and offer the best solution.