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What Is Waterproofing and What Type Is the Best for My Home?

What is waterproofing and why is it necessary? And, what type of waterproofing is the best for my home? Have these questions been plaguing you as a Canadian homeowner?

In the following blog, we shall answer these questions as well as explain the different types of waterproofing, including basement waterproofing. Keep reading to find out more.

What Is Waterproofing?

Waterproofing is the process in which a structure is made to be water-resistant. This will protect the structure from water damage from weather and other similar conditions. Primarily, such rooms as basements, kitchens, roofs, water tanks, bathrooms, and the overall structure of your home should be waterproofed.

Contact your local plumbing agency if you have any questions on how to do waterproofing, as it is not something you should attempt on your own. 

Why Should I Waterproof My Home?

There are several reasons why homeowners should waterproof their home. If left unsealed, these issues could cause such problems as extensive water damage, mold and mildew issues and even lead to damage to the foundation of your home. 

  • Excessive condensation
  • Improper or damaged drainage systems
  • Poorly maintained or improperly installed gutters
  • Cracks in the foundation or walls of your home/basement

Methods of Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

In this method, the plumber will first excavate the foundation of your basement to inspect it for cracks. After repairing any weak spots, cracks, or such, they will apply a sealer. A dimpled membrane is wrapped around the foundation and a new footer drain is installed. 

To complete the job, they will replace the soil and gravel. Lastly, they will inspect the system to ensure that it properly drains away from your home to prevent flooding and water damage. Exterior waterproofing is the best defense against surface water.

Interior Waterproofing

For this method, an interior footer drain is installed in a trench surrounding the footer. This will cause the water to drain down to the proper drainage point. In most cases, a sump pump is installed to make sure the water flow is sufficient. Once the plumber has completed this process, they will cover the drainage system with gravel and cement. Interior waterproofing is recommended for those homes with groundwater issues.

Combination Waterproofing

As the name suggests, this method combines the above two methods of waterproofing. This is recommended for those homes that do not have outdoor access from the basement area. As such, it is also the best way to protect your home from both groundwater and surface water.

Contact DrainCom if you have any further questions about what is waterproofing. One of our expert plumbers can meet with you in your home to determine which method is the best for your home. Call us today to schedule an appointment for waterproofing as well as any other plumbing issues.

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