If you are committed to waterproofing your foundation from the outside in (universally regarded as the most effective way to waterproof your foundation) you’ll want to make sure that you are working with top-tier experts that can provide you with results you can count on for years to come.
Ensure that your foundation waterproofing professionals know the latest methods and best practices. We have outlined some of the industry’s best practices for exterior waterproofing below so that you may be better equipped in separating professionals from amateurs.
It all begins with intelligent (and safe) excavation
The only way to effectively waterproof your foundation from the exterior is to first expose your foundation, and that involves excavating the earth around the perimeter of the home. If you are a homeowner in Victoria, BC and you know how often the weather can fluctuate between wet and dry, then you will want to choose a ‘dry time’ and window of at least a few days to a week.
You want to be sure that you are always working with professionals that understand the importance of excavation, and are skillful at excavating a large amount of earth around a delicate foundation.
The foundation must be shored up for extra safety
After the excavation process has been completed, you’re going to want to make sure that your exterior waterproofing professionals have shored up the foundation to prevent any potential stress from being placed on it, but also to make sure that the workers stay safe and that there isn’t any soil that can cave back into the excavated area.
Ensure proper application of waterproofing solutions
From here on out the actual process for waterproofing your foundation from the exterior is going to be completely unique, depending entirely upon the specific exterior waterproofing solution you have decided to implement.
Just be sure that your waterproofing professionals are using quality construction materials, according to industry best practices, to maximize your results while at the same time minimizing your cash outlay and the hit to your budget.
There are a few things you can ask about to get a better gauge of their knowledge and professionalism, including seeing if they use materials that include non-shrink hydraulic cement and rubber membranes to resist water, if they are applying drainage membranes, and if they are using substantial gravel throughout to maximize your drainage potential.
Insist on a final inspection
The last thing that should occur before anyone starts to backfill the excavated area is a hands-on inspection in that you are involved. The professionals that you have hired for this task should show you all of the work that they’ve done, and allow you the opportunity to ask questions and verify that everything has been taken care of effectively. Always – ALWAYS – insist upon this final inspection before the team starts to backfill the area!
With these tips, you will be better prepared to take on a foundation waterproofing project for your Victoria Home. If you have any questions or require a free foundation consultation on your home, contact The Crack Doctor today! The Crack Doctor now has a local office in Ladysmith and can fix foundation cracks on most parts of the island.