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Exterior Basement Waterproofing Demystified

If you are considering Exterior (Outside) WaterproofingYou Owe it to Yourself to:READ THIS NOW!!!

Don’t Pay to Fix Your Basement Twice Like Many, Many of our Past Customers Who Hired Substandard Contractors (Some of them Large Companies With Fancy Marketing and Slick Salesmen)!!!

In Order to Help You Wade Through All The B.S. (That’s Baloney Stuff, Folks!) in Your Estimates and Understand This Kind of Project:

I Will Explain to You Why Most Companies Who Call Themselves Basement Waterproofers Aren’t Actually Waterproofers;And I Will Explain The Systems Commonly Employed Nationally Especially What is WRONG With Them;

I will Explain How To Fix Your Problems;And What We Recommend that You Do Differently

First. what is commonly described as basement waterproofing is to actually excavate the foundation, meaning the foundation is dug up. In other words it means: to remove all the dirt for a couple of feet all the way around the house all the way down to the bottom of the footing.This is generally referred to as waterproofing ( but I can assure you that the way its done nationally typically, IT ISN’T). Most of the guys that do this are small 1-8 men outfits. They learned to do what they do, from someone who learned it from someone etc.

When a basement is built what the code minimums require is damp proofing. Damp proofing is to trowel a mortar parge coat on the wall which is basically trowelling mortar on the wall like stucco; then applying a damproof tar or asphalt sealant.This basic technique has been used for the last 100 years. basement waterproofing nj

Just imagine all of the advances that have been made in the last hundred years yet builders still seal the wall using this archaic process!It is Guaranteed to fail every time; in fact in Cleveland, Ohio alone there are over 125 water-proofing companies in the yellow pages !!! What these “so-called water-proofers” do is dig up the basement and actually RE-APPLY the EXACT SAME SEALANTS and utilize the exact same techniques that already FAILED in the first place!

Does that make any sense whatsoever???

This usually means re-parging the wall with porous mortar and smearing some tar on it like a monkey! Have you ever known anyone that had an asphalt driveway? How often did they Have-To Re- Seal it? I can tell you I have, known many people with black top drives. When I was a kid growing up two of my neighbors had an ongoing debate about their driveways.

The first neighbor swore you needed to seal it every single year, and he did. The second neighbor swore every two years was enough.

I can still hear them arguing now in my mind’s eye… LOL.The sad truth is that according to the US Bureau of Standards asphalt sealants begin to break down in only 18 months, YIKES! You see the sad truth is they were both right!

 

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