One can accurately argue that the only damage to a building that supersedes burning down of the house is soaked up concrete. This eventually leads to a wet structure in the building; from the basement to balconies, walls, swimming pool, bathrooms, and terraces. Unfortunately, biggest blow of uncensored moisture is often dealt to the foundation. The foundation, which is made of concrete, lays vulnerable to water if not sufficiently kitted up to survive such possibility.
The general solution to the wetness problem, however, is the use of waterproofing techniques. Although we could employ the use of drainages and ground grading schemes to channel off water from the environment of the building, waterproofing has proven to be very instrumental for homeowners that have successfully preserved their houses from the infestation of water.
There are varieties of options to choose from when considering waterproofing your building and keeping your foundation in sound shape. Here we look at some waterproofing methods you can employ to protect your house from the ambush of water. Below are some of them:
- Cement-based Waterproofing: This waterproofing is a rather easy one and is quite common. The materials required to use this waterproofing method are also accessible easily. It is often used for toilets, water treatment stations, dams, and bridges. The waterproof does not shrivel or expand because of the positions where the structures are located.
- Liquid Waterproofing: This waterproofing method is much more flexible being made of polymer coatings applied using sprays or using trowels. The waterproof structure can stretch as much as almost 3 times. The longevity of the structure is a function of what choice of the polymer the engineer decides to use. The spray membrane is usually made up of asphalt-treated with polymer.
- Bitumen-based or Asphalt waterproofing method: This is one coating made on concrete foundation to protect them from the invasion of water. It is fairly flexible. Its flexibility has a lot to do with its polymer qualities and it can be improved in fibrous content. This waterproofing method is not recommended for areas that receive a good amount of sunlight; the consequence is increased fragility and risk of damage. This waterproofing scheme is suitable for a sloping roof.
- Polyurethane Liquid Membrane Approach: Although this method is not cheap to operate, it offers significant flexibility. This waterproofing method is based on polyurethane resins; and it is recommended for flat roofs, decks, and terraces. It is water-resistant and can withstand a wide range of temperatures. It is a great method because it can reflect sunlight and it also offers huge efficiency, at least provided the moisture content of the concrete is not too much. With high moisture content, there is the chance of peeling of the waterproof material.
These are some of the common techniques that contractors adopt to waterproof concrete foundations in order to preserve their original quality. Whatever method we choose to adopt, the goal is to prevent water from taking over your house and causing damage or mold formations. You do not want to experience that disaster that accompanies water infestation, so why not pick a method you are convenient with and boost the immunity of your foundation?