Protecting your home against the effects of water damage isn’t only limited to the areas within your property that are exposed to atmospheric conditions above ground level. Waterproofing is also available for areas below ground level, including your basement.
Rapid-Dri Foundation Solutions, your foundation repair specialist in the area, discusses what you need to know about the below-grade waterproofing technique.
The Importance of Below-Grade Waterproofing
Just like the outdoor deck, exterior walls and the inside of your home, the structures below ground level must be waterproofed to prevent the intrusion of water. Without the benefit of waterproofing, water can easily get through your basement, causing foundation problems and the spread of mold. When this happens, you could be dealing with major deterioration issues that can become expensive to repair.
Experts in foundation repair know all too well that waterproofing a structure, whether above-grade or below-grade, takes into account potential situations such as leaks and water pressure before they implement the right method. In below-grade waterproofing, there are two techniques involved.
Positive-Side Vs. Negative-Side
One technique in below-grade waterproofing involves treating the same side of the structure as the source of the water pressure. Known as positive-side waterproofing, it is often implemented during new construction. It is also considered the most effective solution because it is designed to stop water before it has a chance to enter the structure and cause damage.
Negative-side waterproofing, meanwhile, involves the application of protection systems in the interior part of the structure opposite the side where water pressure occurs. While it prevents moisture from entering your basement, it does not prevent water from entering the substrate. Reapplying more waterproofing is necessary to prevent the structure from moving or cracking due to hydrostatic pressure.
At Rapid-Dri Foundation Solutions, we don’t just work on foundation replacement but also provide the best solutions for keeping your home safe and dry. Our waterproofing specialists will come to your home, identify the cause of water damage, and construct an action plan to take care of the issue.