Waterproofing Membranes: ACCL Waterproofing

April 30th, 2021

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.

external foundation waterproofing

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

  • Safety

  • Strengthening the structure of the building

  • Mold protection

  • 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:


Foundation waterproofing


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.


Basement waterproofing


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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Rely On our ACCL Wet Basement Waterproofing Experts

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!


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