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We at Oly Mattera Construction believe that waterproofing is essential to the completion and full delivery of a concrete foundation project.
The main cause for foundation problems is water. Wet soil beneath a foundation can cause swelling or lose of strength. Wet or damp basements and crawl spaces are prone to mold development and can make underground interior spaces humid and in poor condition. The main problem is that typical concrete is not waterproof. Even though apparently un-cracked foundations will keep out liquid water, the water can still penetrate quite easily. Keeping water away from concrete foundations is essential to a successful structure.
We deal with three components of any system designed to keep water out, as following:
- Drains to move water away from the bottom of the foundation
- Wall treatment to prevent moisture from moving through the wall and to route water down to the drains
- Ground surface treatment adjacent to the building to direct surface water away
■ Waterproofing versus damp proofing
These two concepts are closely related; however they are different in the technique and final goal. Damp proofing is intended to keep out only soil moisture. Waterproofing helps keep out both moisture and liquid water. Damp proofing is usually an asphalt-based coating that is hand applied to the outside of the wall. For waterproofing a foundation wall there are different types of waterproofing products available, a spray on membrane is applied and can be covered with a fiberglass drainage board or styrofoam sheets to also add to the R-value for heat loss. Drainage piping is required to divert the water from the foundation wall so the basement stays dry.
Our company specializes in waterproofing services in the Fairfield County Area and throughout Connecticut. Our experience, capabilities, and personnel are top notch. We offer quality services at very reasonable prices.
Contact Oly Mattera Construction today (203-856-9074) to learn how we can help you with your waterproofing project.