Materials used for waterproofing Foundations

Waterproofing materials are vital for buildings. When constructing, the foundation should be mainly focused. In the case of a leaking foundation, where the water vapor and liquid water transmits, some materials can prevent such an effect. Without the right waterproofing types, the house can experience many problems

The materials used for waterproofing are

  1. Solvent-based asphaltic emulsion. This is used to make asphalt concrete that is used for waterproofing. It can be sprayed or applied by hands. It prevents cracking and shrinkage of the concrete. It is the best material used to prevent water movement
  2. Rubberized asphalt. This asphalt contains polyvinyl chloride for secure handling. There are two types of rubberized asphalt, the sprayable and sheet version. The sprayable version is water-based; hence its safer. Both versions are not exposed to sunlight because of their sensitivity to ultraviolet light. So when they are used, they are covered and protected. This material provides a thick membrane for waterproofing.
  3. Polyethylene. For a thick membrane, polyethylene should be considered. It manufactures sheet membrane systems. Its layers include a mixture of virgin polyethylene and recycled polyethylene. It also contains components that protect it from the ultraviolet rays.
  4. Bentonite. It is a material made of clay. It helps to prevent the movement of water and water vapor. It is thick by texture and expands when wet. When used, it is sandwiched between layers for its purpose.
  5. Protection Components. Materials can be beneficial, but conditions should also be considered for waterproofing membranes. They should be protected from damage, and water should be drained away from the membrane, and energy should be conserved to insulate the basements.

 To effectively form an impervious barrier over foundation surfaces, walls, and other structures, the above discussed are the most common materials used to prevent water movement in building foundations.