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Engineered to outperform all other waterproofing membranes!

  • An extremely flexible waterproofing membrane to handle movement and minor cracking

  • A highly polymerized water-based emulsion to provide years of protection without breakdown

  • Excellent durability to provide resistance to backfill damage

  • Compatible with poured walls, block walls, and ICF's

  • Ecologically safe, non-toxic, non-flammable, 100% inert product

  • Approved for use in Green build projects

Cracks in concrete walls; how can they be reduced?

Cracks in concrete walls and slabs are a common occurrence. They appear in floors, driveways, walks, structural beams, and walls. Cracking can not be prevented but it can be significantly reduced or controlled when the causes are taken into account and preventative steps are taken. Most cracks should not be a cause for alarm.

Causes of cracks

Cracking can be the result of one or a combination of factors, all of which involve some form of restraint. Some examples include:

Types of cracks

Tremendous forces can build up inside the wall due to any of these causes. When the forces exceed the strength of the material, cracks will develop. Each of these causes normally leaves a "signature" in the type of crack it creates. The vast majority of cracks are of little concern by themselves.

 

Shrinkage and Temperature cracks are most often vertical to diagonal. They typically emanate from a corner of a window, beam pocket, or any other opening. Cracks of this type are called re-entrant cracks.

Today's home buyers are looking for the maximum value in their new homes. Many are discovering the advantages and benefits of using basements as finished living space.

 

It is important to keep your basement dry and protect your investment with a quality waterproofing system. The problem of wet and damp basements has always been a concern to homeowners. Recent surveys have shown that one of the major call back items on new homes is fear of a leaky basement.

 

Many people think they are getting waterproofing when they are really only getting dampproofing. Dampproofing isn't the same as waterproofing. Dampproofing is at most, little more than a vapor barrier. It retards water penetration, but will not bridge shrinkage cracks or stop water leakage under hydrostatic pressure. Dampproofing may not be durable, and over time can disappear. Even with good drainage, dampproofing can't assure you of a dry basement.

 

By accepting dampproofing, or an inferior waterproofing system, homeowners expose themselves to everything from costly repairs and replacement of belongings to potential health risks. Damp basements can promote the growth of mold, mildew, and cause musty odors. The use of a good waterproofing system does not guarantee you won't have mold or mildew. It will, however, significantly reduce the chance that moisture will infiltrate your basement through the foundation walls.

 

Our waterproofing systems offer today's homeowner an affordable upgrade

from dampproofing.

Why use a waterproofing system?

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  • Drying Shrinkage - This occurs as water used in the mix design evaporates

  • Thermal Contraction/Expansion - Due to temperature changes

  • Subgrade Settlement (or Expansion) - Resulting from poor soil conditions or changes in soil moisture content

  • Differential Bearing Capacity - Harder soils under part of the foundation can cause stresses as the building "settle in"

  • Applied Stresses - Forces such as building load, earth load, hydrostatic pressure, or heavy equipment operated too close to the wall