Masonry Waterproofers for Basements
Posted Mar 07th 2014 | By:
The very nature of a basement can work against it when it comes to resisting penetration by water. There are several ways by which water can affect a basement, such as through seepage, flooding, or humidity being present. Due to the rising and falling of the water table and wet soil beneath your basement slab, water is always close by. In some cases, hydrostatic pressure created by that water can force water into your basement and leave quite a mess. To help with this type of problem, you can upgrade drainage systems and sump pumps as well as adjust the grade of your property to allow better draining. You can also add a masonry waterproofer to aid in keeping your basement dry by creating a seal between the interior walls and the moisture behind them.
Since masonry and concrete are porous, water is able to seep through them and degrade them over time. This can be a real problem as it not only can lead to structural damage but can also allow mold and mildew the perfect environment to grow. Although a masonry waterproofer will not prevent the structural problems from developing on the outside areas of your basement, it can go a long way towards inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew as long as the waterproofer you purchase has the right types of additives to do so. Preventing mold and mildew growth in your basement is good for the health of all who use that space, especially in the case of basements that are destined to be finished to create additional living rooms or play areas.
In addition to repelling mold and mildew, masonry waterproofers can make for a very attractive appearance. If your basement has matte, gray cinderblock walls, you can brighten them up with a masonry waterproofer in a different color, giving the area a crisp, clean look. Masonry waterproofers are easy to apply; all it takes is paintbrushes and rollers to get the job done.
When it comes to selecting the type of masonry waterproofer you wish to use, there are a couple of things to consider. As mentioned above, you want something that has additives to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. This is probably the most important feature of a waterproofer meant to be used in a basement, as mold and mildew are enemies of that space. You also should look into a masonry waterproofer with resin technology to create a strong adhesive bond that will last for a long time. Since masonry is porous, there is frequently a dampness associated with it. This can make it hard for products to both adhere to it initially and stay adhered after the fact. Resin technology will help with this as it is much stickier by nature to enable long term adhesion to your basement surfaces.
If you want to make your basement a useful part of your home space, at a minimum you will need to keep it as dry as possible and free of mold and mildew. This could mean constantly tackling the task of killing mold and mildew as they arise, or using a product that will severely impair their growth in the first place. Even before mold and mildew become visible to the naked eye they are a threat to the respiratory system, so preventing the problem that is mold and mildew before it gets a foothold is the best thing for you, your family, and your basement space.
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