How to avoid callbacks for basement waterproofing
Anybody in the building trades hates customer callbacks.
Otherwise known as warranty work or defects, callbacks cost time and money, and can damage your reputation in the marketplace. After all, homeowners are quick to gripe to friends and neighbors when something goes wrong.
One of the most frequent – and hardest to deal with – source of callbacks is moisture in the basement or crawl space. By minimizing moisture content you reduce the possibility of mold as well as damage to finishes and furnishings. This is one area that can add value to the home for the builder and owner but doesn't cost a lot or slow down the project.
Foundation waterproofing is one of those places were builders like to cut corners because it's out of sight. But it can be one of the most costly sources of callbacks.
The best way to avoid callbacks for basement moisture it to make sure it was designed and built right from the start.
A multiple layer approach is necessary. A simple layer of waterproofing membrane simply won't suffice in most climate zones. Waterproofing membrane is the first layer followed by a drainage board.
A heavy-duty heavy duty, elastomeric emulsion waterproofing membrane like Mar-Flex 5000 will be able to resist freeze/thaw cycles while remaining flexible due to the concentration of polymer it contains. The result is a highly rubber-fortified waterproofing product with decreased permeability and increased durability.
Paired with a drainage board like Mar-flex Shockwave or GeoMat that helps divert water from the foundation wall and protect the membrane from damage, a basement can offer decades of leak-free service.
How's that for a long time between callbacks?