How to Waterproof Construction Projects
Areas of Concern
A major problem in construction is applying the right waterproofing treatment for the environment, one that will last for years. Some of these areas include:
- Basements, foundations
- Water featured in landscaping
- Wall-floor crevices
Leak Repair in Basements/Foundations
The source of leaking and the extent of flooding within the existing structure will indicate which procedures are best suited to repair and prevent further damage. The first step is to repair any cracks, then one of ArmorThane’s polyurethane or polyurea coatings are professionally applied to the outside, inside or both. These sprayed-on coatings have the strength to form a waterproof barrier and prevent future deterioration.
The best approach, of course, is to seal the foundation and internal walls during the new building process. This ensures a seamless application and prevents unnecessary destruction in the future.
Both residential and commercial landscaping makes use of water features such as fountains and ponds. ArmorThane has coatings to repair leaks and protect water basins from weather and chemical deterioration. Concrete surfaces are sprayed directly with ArmorThane polyurethane or polyurea. A top coat is often applied to get the desired color and prevent fading, even in intense sunlight.
When a pond is built with a soil base, a geotextile material is laid down, and then coated. Read further to learn more about coating water fountains and ponds.
If decks, porches or patios are part of the construction or landscaping project, ArmorThane-treated concrete and wood last much longer than untreated, stained, or painted surfaces. This saves money wasted on yearly maintenance and repair. Unique coating designs can be created to increase the aesthetic value of the property.
Creating Wall-Floor Waterproofing
Too often water is allowed to seep through the small crack where the floor meets the wall. Whether rain on a porch or wash water in a factory lunch room, liquid and microorganisms push under the trim and behind the wall where they fester and can damage the structure or create an unhealthy environment.
ArmorThane has the solution to create a seamless membrane by attaching chamfer molding and coating the floor and partway up the wall. Two minor seams replace the major one, making it easier to seal the cracks. Also read how to connect outdoor siding to wood decks to block water from penetrating the wall.