No, It’s Not an Indoor Swimming Pool: Adventures in Waterproofing

Water in a construction project sucks. A high water table or groundwater intrusion can flip the apple cart on weeks or months of work. Image of project to the point where it has to be shut down, turn down, and rebuilt. When it comes to water problems in existing structures, you can lose time and tenants while you spend dollars to remediate. When you are considering waterproofing methods for your commercial construction project, take the long view and don’t skimp on a vital piece of protection for your building.

Typical applications for commercial waterproofing include

  • Waterproofing areas of penetration for pipes or ducting.
  • Sealing joints and filling hairline cracks.
  • Remediating damp cracks and remediating water penetration or leaks.
  • Remediating defective grout, mortar, and concrete.
  • Protecting below-grade areas such as basements and foundations.
  • Against rising damp in below-grade walls that can result from saturated soil or rising water tables.

Other specialty types of waterproofing are used for filling large voids, stabilizing the soil, and even repairing degrading concrete installations. Industrial waterproofing solutions can be chemically inert, in order to line chemical storage tanks, protect against corrosion and leaks by gases or liquids. There are many different applications, for many different uses, from something as simple as a parking garage, 2 something is complex as a large laboratory.

Water damage can be a significant annoyance to both builders and the eventual tenants. Water damage and remediation can cause insurance claims, lawsuits, and other hassles that you really don’t need. In fact, inadequate waterproofing can end up costing you a lot more than you think. Get in touch with a Philadelphia commercial waterproofing professional who can assess your project, and tell you what you will need to keep your building dry and mold free.

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