Sunday, August 7, 2011

Be Careful with Waterproofing

Do's and Don'ts of Waterproofing

As you look around you will find many different choices when it comes to waterproofing methods and waterproofing products. Buyers beware! You will see television ads with high priced spokesmen telling you that their method of waterproofing is the best. You will find articles and websites on the internet telling you why their methods are the best. You will hear radio advertising tell you that XYZ Waterproofing is the best because they have been around the longest or they are the cheapest. You will hear and read a lot of advertising, but with some basic information you can determine if what you are being told is correct.

              Not all waterproofing products are made equally
              Not all installers are trained equally
              There is not one single choice of waterproofing product for all
              There are a lot of local bad waterproofing contractors
              Structural damage cannot be fixed with waterproofing
              Water flows downhill

The hiring of a professional engineer is the single most important piece of advice. This engineer will evaluate your structure and give you a written analysis of the structure. Most foundation engineers can recommend a waterproofing expert that is well versed in multiple types of waterproofing products. Parts of your house may need an interior drain while other parts may need exterior grading while yet other places may need foundation repairs or a sump pump. Do not risk your home getting flooded by hiring an unqualified contractor using inferior products or systems.

Hire an engineer
Interview foundation repair installers
Ask informed questions
Ask for references
Require a sealed interior drain system
Require a interior system installed beside the footing
Try it yourself, you are not trained
Make your decision based on advertising
Be swayed by price alone
Allow open backed drainage systems to be used on your home
Allow interior drain system to be placed on top of footing
If your interior drain system is not sealed off from the living space moisture, humidity, mold, iron bacteria and mildew are free to circulate within your home creating poor indoor air quality. Sealed interior drainage systems that feed a sealed sump pump system prevent basement humidity. Open backed interior drains create an unhealthy environment for your family as well as increase energy costs. Many times companies that use these cheap open backed systems push you to buying a humidifier due to the fact that they know the moisture in their drain system will cause high humidity levels in your home. Sealed drain systems and sealed sump basins are designed to increase indoor air quality.