Waterproofing Concrete: Different Applications
Waterproofing concrete has a multitude of benefits that not only contribute to the longevity of the concrete’s life but also make care and cleaning easier and more efficient. There are many applications in which waterproofing your concrete will help you achieve the desired effects mentioned above. The most common application waterproofing is used in is sealing concrete basements in homes and businesses. By waterproofing a basement, you are eliminating the possibility of leaks caused by heavy rain and sometimes even melting snow. Leaks, as many of us know, lead to water damaged carpets, drywall and wood structures that make up the support for walls and ceilings. Leaks that go unnoticed or are neglected can lead to different types of mold that have the potential to cause serious health issues for the residents of the affected structure. When you factor in the property damages as well as the health risks, installing and maintaining waterproofing in your basement seems like a no-brainer.
On the other end of the spectrum lies waterproofed concrete countertops. While waterproofing concrete countertops won’t award you the same practical features as waterproofing a basement, it will allow for a better kitchen cleaning experience as well as increasing the lifespan of your beautiful concrete countertops.
There are many, many applications in which waterproofing your concrete is beneficial, in fact, any concrete that may come into contact with any type of liquid should at the very least be considered for waterproofing. Protecting and preserving your investments is always a good practice!
When to Reapply Waterproofing Treatments to Concrete?
Generally, when basement concrete is treated with a waterproof coating, it is done so on the side of the concrete that comes into contact with the soil outside of the basement. Because of this, reapplying or replacing waterproofing treatments can be quite the endeavor and costly, however, the benefits and protections garnered from waterproofing a basement far outweigh the initial cost of the treatment.
Other applications that use waterproofing treatments, like the treatment of concrete countertops, can be damaged by UV rays, so these types of treatments need to be retreated as they begin to break down. You may notice the treatment’s waterproofing properties begin to diminish over time, which is a cue that it is time to reapply your preferred treatment.
But how long should you wait to reapply or replace your treatment? Well, that largely depends on the type of treatment you previously had installed.
If you have a cementitious coating, one of the cheapest and easiest to apply, you will most likely have to replace your coating anytime the foundation of your home or business shifts or cracks. Cementitious coatings have little to no give, so when the concrete inevitably shifts, your coating will be compromised and could crack.
Liquid membranes are another popular waterproofing treatment that uses compounds like polyurethane to seal your foundation. These waterproofing treatments are incredibly effective and resilient, as long as they are applied properly. The main drawback to this waterproofing treatment is the inconsistency that can arise when installing that create weak spots at joints, cracks and crevices.
Another popular option for waterproofing is sheet membranes. Sheet membranes are often made of rubberized asphalt that is applied to the foundation like a piece of tape or wallpaper. Sheet membranes are touted for their consistent thickness throughout, something you won’t find with liquid membrane waterproofing treatments. However, sheet membranes can often develop creases and contain many seams that have the potential to leak or stretch over time. Because of this, sheet membranes suffer from lack of strong elasticity like cementitious treatments and will often need replacing or repairs after many shifts or cracking of the foundation.
Keep Your Basement Dry and Comfortable!
Waterproofing treatments, as mentioned, can save a lot of time and money if applied and cared for properly. Here at Davis Concrete Correction, we install multiple types of waterproofing treatments that can and will protect your home or business from damages and mold. Just remember that over time, any treatment has the potential to become less effective, so keep a keen eye out for faults. Call us today to get a quote and prepare your properties foundation for a long and effective lifespan.