If you are considering Exterior (Outside) WaterproofingYou Owe it to Yourself to:READ THIS NOW!!!
Don’t Pay to Fix Your Basement Twice Like Many, Many of our Past Customers Who Hired Substandard Contractors (Some of them Large Companies hoodpay With Fancy Marketing and Slick Salesmen)!!!
In Order to Help You Wade Through All The B.S. (That’s Baloney Stuff, Folks!) in Your Estimates and Understand This Kind of Project:
I Will Explain to You Why Most Companies Who Call Themselves Basement Waterproofers Aren’t Actually Waterproofers;And I Will Explain The Systems Commonly redribbonlive Employed Nationally Especially What is WRONG With Them;
I will Explain How To Fix Your Problems;And What We Recommend that You Do Differently
First. what is commonly described as basement waterproofing is to actually excavate the foundation, meaning the foundation is dug up. In other words it means: to remove all the dirt for a couple of feet all the way around the house all the way down to the bottom of the footing.This is generally referred to as waterproofing ( but I can assure you that the way its done nationally typically, ristomanager IT ISN’T). Most of the guys that do this are small 1-8 men outfits. They learned to do what they do, from someone who learned it from someone etc.
When a basement is built what the code minimums require is damp proofing. Damp proofing is to trowel a mortar parge coat on the wall which is basically trowelling mortar on the wall like stucco; then applying a damproof tar or asphalt sealant.This basic technique has been used for the last 100 years.
Just imagine all of the advances that have been made in the last hundred years yet builders still seal the wall using this archaic process!It is Guaranteed to fail every time; in fact in Cleveland, Ohio alone there are over 125 water-proofing companies in the yellow pages !!! What these “so-called water-proofers” do is dig up the basement and actually RE-APPLY the EXACT SAME SEALANTS and utilize the exact same techniques that already FAILED in the first place!
Does that make any sense whatsoever???
This usually means re-parging the wall with porous mortar and MATRIX CRACK smearing some tar on it like a monkey! Have you ever known anyone that had an asphalt driveway? How often did they Have-To Re- Seal it? I can tell you I have, known many people with black top drives. When I was a kid growing up two of my neighbors had an ongoing debate about their driveways.
The first neighbor swore you needed to seal it every single year, and he did. The second neighbor swore every two years was enough.
I can still hear them arguing now in my mind’s eye… LOL.The sad truth is that according to the US Bureau of Standards asphalt sealants begin to break down in only 18 months, YIKES! You see the sad truth is they were both right!
And these so called water-proofers charge an average of ten to fifteen grand just to dig up the basement and seal it again using what FAILED already… You See Tar Has Never Been Rated as Waterproof. When I discovered this, it sent my head spinning! You see the reason why was, that every single “waterproofer” I knew used tar (asphalt based sealants)!!
They couldn’t ALL be wrong…. Or could they????? Did you know that in the building codes there are actually two separate definitions for damp-proofing (tar) and waterproofing. Damp proofing: by definition means “something that helps to slow the penetration of water into the substrate”.
HHMMM “helps to slow” sounds quite different than the definition of; Waterproofing: “something that prevents the penetration of water” and further must pass a bending test where the membrane must be able to be bent around a cylinder.
Water proof sealants are almost all exclusively used and installed COMMERCIALLY…(that’s because they are more expensive).The extra costs are what stop the average contractor from offering you , the homeowner, a product that is effective and will last and “stand the test of time”. We developed and recommend you use MULTI-STEP EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING SYSTEM which, uses a cement-based fiber re-enforced wall resurfacing system and NO LESS than two waterproof rated sealants.This is by no means the cheapest of methods, however, and it may or may not be the BEST system to put into place. Which system you should use depends entirely on the specific nature of YOUR problem. There are NO miracle systems than can solve ALL basement problems.
The thing I can guarantee is if you install a true outside waterproofing system, it will actively drain water away from the foundation, and the water leak will be a thing of the past, not only that, but better sealants will outlast the wood on your house GUARANTEED!
I’d like to tell you a story you’ve got to hear about a job I recently did for a Mr. Ron Sewyak on state route 20 in Oberlin.This is a sad story about a man who had to have his basement fixed THREE TIMES in ten short years!!!! Mr Sewyak had had the walls of his home rebuilt ten years ago using conventional masonry techniques.They were rebuilt using 12″ blocks and type n mortar. A conventional parge coat was applied and tar. New tiles and backfill were added. This is what is considered “outside waterp-proofing”. Four years later the walls were leaking again!!! Exasperated the homeowner had Ohio State Waterproofing install their inside outside “waterproofing system” (inside) and they hoped their problems were over.