Foundation Waterproofing and The Membranes That Do It

Water damage restoration can be one of the most intensive and costly repairs a home could possibly need. That’s why water and moisture are a home’s worst enemy. When water and moisture sneak their way into any part of a building’s foundation, it will inevitably start to weaken, putting the entire house at risk of damage and, in the worst-case scenario, collapse.

Most homeowners believe concrete is naturally waterproof, considering it is a solid material. Believe it or not, concrete is incredibly porous and highly susceptible to water damage. And, as Ottawa residents are surely familiar with now (following the infamous Ottawa sinkhole), so is the ground underneath.

When water infiltrates any or both of these materials, they begin to saturate and expand. This ultimately means the concrete foundation will crack, and the soil beneath will soften. If a home’s foundation is not sturdy, any number of associated damages will begin to occur, and will end up costing you time, money, and, worst of all, your home!

That’s where foundation waterproofing and waterproofing membranes come in.

A home’s foundation is the most important part of the entire house. It keeps the home sturdy and upright, much like our own two feet. A home’s foundation is made up of a solid layer of concrete, and is made even stronger with additional waterproofing. Foundation waterproofing is the act of adding a waterproof membrane to the concrete itself, and/or installing water pumps and drainage pipes underneath the foundation which will guide out and remove any accumulated moisture.

What is a waterproofing membrane? While it might seem like something out of science fiction, waterproofing membranes are simply watertight sealants composed of rubber, fabric, or plastic materials. These sealants are added to the concrete foundation, ensuring no water will penetrate or weaken this vitally important part of your home.

Nothing stands strong without a solid foundation—your home included. So instead of waiting for the inevitable and costly home renovations, Ottawa homes should include some form of foundation waterproofing to avoid water damage. Talk to a renovation specialist today to review your options and make sure your home’s foundation is solid and dry.

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