When it comes to the elements of weather, even houses built with the strongest materials may be vulnerable to damages. Heavy rain and snowfall will soak the soil around a basement. The constant build up of moisture in the soil will push against the concrete and cause damage.
So what type of damages could a bad waterproofing cause?
A common type of damage that occurs are cracks in the concrete. When the moisture that pushed against the concrete has begun to dry up, shrinkage may occur, which will cause cracks. Cracks can cause leakage if they are large in size. The constant moisture may also cause cracks to get better and therefore allow more leakage. A vulnerable area in a basement is referred to as the cove joint. This is where the floor and the wall meet. Once again, the soil filled with moisture around the basement can easily push against the concrete here and create more cracks. Additionally, floor cracks are another possible issue that occurs. However, they are mostly a cosmetic issue as flooring does not give any structural support to the house. A major issue that can occur is the growth of Mold. Heat and Humidity increases the rate of fungi and mold growth. This can be a health issue.
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How Could 24 Hours Plumber Help? A simple method of repair or preventative approach is the redirection of water away from the foundation wall. This can be done by placing drainage tiles that collect moisture and redirect away from the house either by moving the water downhill or into a pit that also has a pump that sucks the water away. When it comes to mold, vapor barriers can be placed to keep out the humidity.
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Waterproofing: The Procedure
To begin the waterproofing process, the soil around the foundation must be removed in order to provide space for repairs. The space necessary is approximately a meter wide and as deep as the foundation goes. Once the excavation is complete, the debris left on the foundation is cleaned off. Once the foundation wall is fully cleaned, an examination can be conducted in order to locate any cracks. If any cracks are found then they must be cleaned again from any more debris. Afterwards, they must be filled in order for the structural integrity of the building to be re-established and to ensure that no more water can get through the foundation.
The next step is the application of the first coat of Aqua Bloc which has proven to be one of the best methods of waterproofing. It is a rubberized asphalt that gives very strong protection against water penetration. After the first coat is complete, a layer of Bakor Yellow jacket is placed. This is a glass fibre material yarn that defends from Rotting and stops water from accessing the coating material. A second layer of Aqua Bloc is then applied on top of the glass fibre for extra protection.
Next, another layer is added on top. This time a drainage board made out of polyethylene is placed using moulding strips which hold the board to the wall very well. The board allows moisture that would normally push up against the foundation to drain down to a weeping tile. A weeping tile is another name for the drainage tile discussed earlier, this leads water away from the house either deeper down or into a collection pit. The tiles come with filters that block out debris.
The Final step is to put the soil that was removed earlier back into place to close off the trench. This completes the waterproofing process and homeowners can rest assured that their properties are well protected.