For many years, it was thought a simple layer of spray-on or roll-on membrane was enough to make a masonry block foundation waterproof. We've learned over the years that that's simply not the case.
I've heard many people say, if you have a basement it's not a matter of if it will flood, but only when.
Strong buildings start with strong foundations. And a foundation compromised by water leads to a weak building and dissatisfied customers.
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.
When architects don't specify products, builders will use their favorite products and sub contractors to get the job done. For some aspects of the building, that's just fine. For other critical aspects it could lead to failures and client dissatisfaction.
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.
For most homes with a basement or foundation, it's not a matter of if it will leak, but only when.
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