Planning and Executing Waterproofing

Weather is certainly an important consideration when it comes to planning and executing waterproofing. However waterproofing doesn’t only mean the roof and ceiling, it means the walls and foundation of your house too.  It is important to ensure that your interior also remains clean and dry during the heavy rainfall ahead of winter.  

Winter weather is the preferred time to do polyurethane injection work, particularly in underground parking garages which become very cold, because the concrete shrinks the most during the winter, thus opening gaps to their maximum width. When the gaps are filled at this width, concerns about the ability of polyurethane resins to stretch are inconsequential. During the winter, cured polyurethane remains flexible; however, cold fluid polyurethane resin is thicker during winter months and takes longer to fully cure.

Coating a foundation during the winter must be done with a solvent based product and it is critically important to avoid water based coatings.  Solvent based coatings typically require 48 hours to cure fully; consequently, your foundation is exposed to lower temperatures for several days during which the foundation could heave from frost and become very damaged as a result. Very cold temperatures make waterproofing more difficult.

Good waterproofing ensures a tight, weather-proof seal improves insulation. In temperature-controlled environments, less energy is consumed to heat a properly-insulated space. In general, proper waterproofing helps to preserve optimal operating conditions for your home and or business.

If you’d like a free on-site inspection of your waterproofing, contact Carl from Waterproof Junction today.