Basement Moisture Control Systems - Basement Tanking simplified means keeping water out of your basement or below the ground structure. Your basement does not need to be fully underground either to have potential issues with water. Even sloping sites where your basement is built into a mountain side or has only 1 wall with ground up against it means that you might have a problem with water later on. So what are your Basement Tanking Options. ?
Simplified you will find two means of tanking a basement. The first technique is to use an outside program. These programs when applied to the exterior of the structure form a barrier to stop water penetrating the building. To use this strategy you can only do so when building a new basement. The area to pay close attention to is the wall flooring intersection. Successful outside basement tanking means forming a waterproof membrane barrier equally underneath the concrete slab as well as the vertical surfaces effectively making a waterproof tank around your basement.
It has advantages of maintaining the building dry and using the ability of any water present to push the membrane onto the structure. Many manufacturers use a land drain at adjoining externally to the wall floor intersection footing. This is where water pressure is at its greatest and the soil drain intercepts water and diverts it in the applied membrane along with the structure. You will find an assortment of different products available to individuals using this option when basement tanking including, paint or spray applied liquid membranes, torch on/heat welded membranes, bonded sheet drains, clay matting membranes etc..
Please be aware that although it may seem easy in principle the detailing and site conditions can be a significant problem in getting these systems put in properly. It just takes one mistake in workmanship in applying external basement tanking goods and you could have a very waterproofing disaster. Wet, muddy and also very cold conditions may not match the company's recommendations when applying this sort of system be aware that unless you follow their guidelines you may not have any recourse if things go wrong.