Win the battle for a dry basement

| by Brett Oakley
Win the battle for a dry basement

Unfortunately, below-grade waterproofing is all too often a case of out of sight, out of mind. It's not something homeowners, or even building professionals spend much time thinking about.

But a wet basement can lead to a whole host of problems.

Once water gets inside a basement or crawlspace, it can begin to rot stud walls or build up behind vapor barriers. This trapped moisture can lead to mold, which can create bad smells, structural decay and adverse health affects. Nobody wants a wet basement.

It takes more than a coating of goo on the outside surface of the basement or crawlspace, no matter if it's poured walls, block, ICF or any type of construction.

A good quality waterproofing system requires both a water barrier and drainage plane to direct water away from the basement’s enclosure.

A drainage board will protect the membrane coating and will channel the water away from the foundation to the drainage tile to the sump or drainage system. The goal is to direct water to where you want it to go.

If a builder does the basement waterproofing correctly, then it's OK for it to be out of sight, out of mind. But if there's a water problem, then the cost to fix it will be much more than the cost to do it right in the first place. Builders can cut call backs, warranty claims and the potential for mold problems with proper basement water proofing.

A key component is a drain board like Shockwave from Mar-Flex that's part of a waterproofing system. Made from recycled materials, it directs the water downward toward the drainage system. It also protects the waterproofing membrane on the foundation wall. No matter how well it's applied, a membrane can be damaged during backfilling, leading to leaks and problems that are buried.

Take the time design and install a basement waterproofing system that will contribute to the longevity of a home and long-term customer satisfaction as well.

Topics: Foundations

Companies: Mar-Flex

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