There’s nothing quite as fulfilling as building your own home or renovating a derelict property. Building your new home from the ground up is something that cannot be matched, but if you want your new home to stand the test of time, you need to invest in waterproofing measures. Installing waterproofing solutions into a home that is currently under construction or renovations is easier by far than adding them to a home that has already been finished and decorated.
Mid- vs. Post-Construction Waterproofing
Of course, unless you are building your home from the ground up, you don’t have much of a choice but to install your waterproofing measures after. However, if you are in the middle of renovations or you have decided to build a new home, you will be able to reap all the benefits of mid-construction waterproofing. The biggest benefits are:
- Seamless integration
- Strong, water-resistant foundation
Of course, effective waterproofing can be undertaken after a house has been built and finished, but it will take a little more time and capital investment to do this as the existing house will need some form of excavation. Likewise, grading and installing moisture management systems in your yard is most easily done during construction, but it can be completed at any time if you have the time, the money and the right experts to help you.
We at Mount Valley Foundation Services are experts in waterproofing foundations, basements, and yards whether they are currently in construction or they have been fully finished. Our team can help you decide on the best waterproofing solutions for you, and better still, we can make them fit your situation!
Your Waterproofing Options
Broadly speaking, during the construction phase, you have five waterproofing options. These are:
- Drainage tiles
- Sump pumps
- Temporary sealants
- Wall membranes
- Waterproof insulation
These are not your only options, of course, but they are the most common, durable, cost-effective, and adaptable of the solutions available to you. Not all of them are offered by our company, but our team knows the basement waterproofing solutions that we provide to our clients inside and out, back to front.
They will be able to help you decide which options suit your vision, budget, and unique basement situation best.
They will also be able to take into account the types of foundation your home has. Different kinds of foundations require different treatment and are most compatible with different solutions. The most common kinds of basement foundations are:
Basement foundations are generally eight feet below ground level and use concrete slabs to provide a stable and firm footing for your basement and home.
Poured Concrete Foundations
Poured concrete foundations were very common in the 1980s and provide a strong, durable, water-resistant, and fire-resistant base for your home.
Concrete Slab Foundations
Concrete slab foundations are one of the most common foundations used today. These are created by laying concrete slabs along the cleared ground.
Each of these foundation types has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, and its own requirements for proper waterproofing. All you really need, if you’re ready to waterproof your foundation, is to contact our team and arrange a free consultation appointment.
How Mount Valley Foundation Services Can Help You
Whether your home is currently under construction, or you have decided to waterproof your basement while doing some renovations we at Mount Valley Foundation Services are here to help you. Our team is determined to give you the best possible experience.
We will assess your home and help you to understand the current state of your home and its needs. Once our technician knows what work must be completed to make your home structurally sound and waterproof, they will give you their recommendations along with a written quote that will detail the recommended repairs as well as their time scales and costs. Some of the interior waterproofing solutions we can provide include interior drainage systems, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and vapor barriers.
If you have any questions or concerns, however, please feel free to tell your inspector; we will always listen to you and consider your desires as well as your home’s needs. We are here to make sure your basement stays dry and safe for years to come.