Monday, September 5, 2011

Basics of Waterproofing

It has been estimated that over 80% of all builder claims and litigation are the result of water intrusion and the damage that results in new homes or commercial structures. Moisture intrusion and dampness are some of the leading causes of mold and mildew growth, a source of ill health effects and unhealthy living space environments. Proper waterproofing and attention to detail during the construction process can reduce or eliminate most sources of moisture infiltration.Here are some basic waterproofing items to ensure you get the most protection from your project.
  • Choose a trained and authorized contractor using a reputable waterproofing product.
  • Check to see your contractor is properly licensed and carries both workers compensation and liability insurance.
  • Plan the project so proper grading and drainage are designed in from the start.
  • Check the quality of your job to ensure the proper amount of membrane is applied to your job and a quality drainage board/tile system is installed.
  • Check and seal any penetrations into the membrane through the wall are sealed tightly using approved sealing methods.
  • Backfill carefully so as to prevent damage to the waterproofing membrane, drain tile system, and the wall itself.
  • Grade slope to maintain positive drainage away from the foundation.
  • Maintain slope away from foundation when landscaping or mulching, keeping level at least 6 inches below sill plate or siding.
  • Use proper gutters, downspouts, and route water away from the foundation at least 10 feet.

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