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Waterproofing Your Home: A Comprehensive Guide

Waterproofing your home is a crucial step in maintaining its structural integrity and value. This process involves implementing an exterior drainage system that expels water naturally, without the need for mechanical devices. Here’s a detailed look at how this is achieved.

Exterior Drainage System

The exterior drainage system is designed to protect your home’s foundation from water damage. It works by directing water away from your home, preventing it from seeping into the foundation and causing cracks or other structural issues.

One of the materials we use for this purpose is DMX AG Foundation Wrap, which is particularly effective in protecting deteriorated foundations or block walls. DMX prevents moisture from entering existing cracks, thereby preventing water from freezing and thawing inside these breaches.

Proper Drainage Pipe-A Waterproofing Key

The typical drainage pipe used in many homes is the “Big O”, which is flexible but has a tendency to sag, move, or compress under compacted soil conditions. However, our method includes what is called NS Spec 4 perforated sewer pipe, rated for underground sewage assemblies. This type of pipe has more resilience to pressures of soil over time and is less likely to accumulate build-up of sediments.

DMX AG and proper pipe Installed

Grading and Flow Exit

We use transits to grade our pipe and establish a natural flow exit. This ensures that water is effectively directed away from your home and towards a safe exit point.

Maintenance Access

Another feature of our system is the inclusion of a T in the line that provides vertical access for maintenance. This allows for the weeping tile to be cleaned with fresh water or inspected for any unforeseen issues using a camera in the event of a failure. We usually install this feature in a few locations, providing peace of mind to homeowners that not all problems require digging up your lawn to correct.

Hydrostatic Pressure Relief

Hydrostatic pressures are relieved by exterior abatement. Interior solutions, while sometimes more cost-effective, still invite water into your foundation and wall. This is a flaw with the approach, and suitability depends on your basement or exterior environment.

Uncovering Other Issues

Machine work and revealing your foundation can uncover other issues, such as poor drainage to city infrastructure, underground oil tanks, and foundation conditions. It’s important to address these issues as part of the waterproofing process.

Tailored Solutions

Basement waterproofing solutions are not one size fits all, and some interior offerings are not effective. Best practices always recommend rectifying your issue on the exterior and keeping water away from your foundation or beneath it. This ensures the longevity of your home and peace of mind for you as a homeowner.

In conclusion, waterproofing your home is a vital step in preserving its structural integrity. By implementing an effective exterior drainage system, you can protect your home from water damage and ensure its longevity.


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