Common Errors in the Installation of Basement Waterproofing Membranes
Basement waterproofing membranes are an essential component for protecting the structural integrity of a building’s foundation and the building in general. These membranes prevent water from penetrating and damaging the foundation. However, many property owners still don’t take waterproofing seriously. Many don’t take the time or invest the money in hiring professionals to waterproof their basements.
Errors that result in failure of basement waterproofing membranes
Basement waterproofing membranes generally come in their liquid or sheet form. No matter what type of waterproofing membrane you choose for your foundation, it is important that it is installed correctly. Poor installation will greatly impact its performance. Errors in application can result in membrane failure and flooding of your foundation. Below, we discuss some of the most common mistakes made in the installation of waterproofing membranes.
1. Choosing the wrong waterproofing membrane
There are a wide range of choices for waterproofing membranes available in the market. However, not every material is suitable for your foundation. Every material is designed for specific applications. They are designed to meet different requirements and are suitable under different conditions and in different environments. It is important to choose the right material for your foundation to avoid failure.
2. Applying an excessively thick layer
Applying liquid waterproofing membranes can be tricky. The membrane must be applied to the correct thickness. This requires a good understanding of the membrane as well as experience with installing these products under different conditions. Applying an excessively thick membrane can result in re-emulsification of the membrane. This in turn will cause the membrane to split when it cures, leaving gaps through which water can penetrate your foundation walls.
3. Uneven application
It is important to ensure uniform thickness of the membrane throughout the foundation surface. This provides for better performance throughout the foundation. Uneven application during installation results in thicker coats in some areas and thinner coats in others. Thicker areas will restrict movement of the foundation while thinner coats will tear easily under minimal movement.
4. Not paying attention to joints between membrane sheets
Paying attention to the joints between the membrane sheets during the installation process is critical to the performance of the membrane. These joints must be done properly in order to avoid leakage.
You can avoid the errors outlined above by hiring a professional and experienced basement waterproofing contractor. You can rely on their experience and knowledge to provide you with great results.
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