5 Waterproofing Services You Need to Protect Your Home
Water damage can be devastating to a home, causing significant structural damage and leading to costly repairs. One of the most effective ways to prevent water damage is through waterproofing services.
Waterproofing is the process of creating a barrier between your home and water, preventing moisture from penetrating the walls, floors, and foundation of your home. Let’s take a look at some of the crucial types of waterproofing that waterproofing contractors can provide to protect your home.
When water saturates the soil around your home, the soil expands and applies pressure to the structure of your foundation. This water pressure is known as hydrostatic pressure, and if your foundation is not properly waterproofed, this pressure will cause water to seep into the structure, which can cause a wide range of damage from mold to structural damage.
Ideally, proper foundation waterproofing will be applied to the foundation of your home in the early phases of construction. The best option is to apply waterproofing systems to the exterior of the foundation. This provides a waterproof barrier between the soil and your home’s foundation.
Our team of waterproofing contractors can provide you with foundation waterproofing in the initial stages of construction as well as providing you with waterproofing services if your home’s foundation was not adequately waterproofing during the original construction.
If your foundation was not waterproofed correctly when the home was built, our team can provide you with exterior waterproofing. Exterior waterproofing is the process of waterproofing the outside of your home to prevent water from entering through the foundation.
This process involves excavating the soil around the foundation and applying a waterproofing membrane or coating to the outside walls. The membrane or coating creates a barrier between the foundation and the soil, preventing water from penetrating the walls and causing damage to the foundation.
Most homes in California do not have basements, but many have crawlspaces, and we find that a huge number of these crawlspaces are not properly waterproofed. There are several types of crawlspace waterproofing, but we recommend complete crawlspace encapsulation.
With this type of crawlspace waterproofing, we seal off the entire crawlspace and install a sump pump as well as a dehumidifier. This is the most expensive method of crawlspace waterproofing, but the benefits are tremendous.
Total encapsulation greatly reduces the risk of mildew and mold in your home and can drastically improve your home’s air quality. Because encapsulation reduces the airflow in your crawlspace, this can significantly lower your energy costs. Of course, waterproofing also prevents moisture damage to your floor joists and interior flooring.
Encapsulation also prevents critters and pests such as rats, mice and other animals from making a home in your crawlspace or digging their way from the crawlspace into your home. Because the space is sealed off and dehumidified, you can even use the crawlspace for storage.
While decks and balconies are merely attached to your home and don’t provide structural support, improperly waterproofed balconies and decks can still cause damage to your home. When wooden structures are not waterproofed, this can reduce the structural integrity, which can be dangerous, but it also attracts critters such as termites, which can eat the wood on your deck and make their way into the main structure of your home.
Regular application of waterproof deck coatings can protect the wood on your deck from sun damage and water damage. If your deck is raised off the ground, you also will need your waterproofing contractors to provide you with under deck waterproofing. We can provide you with all types of deck waterproofing as well as balcony waterproofing.
Drainage & Retaining Wall Waterproofing
While waterproofing services are essential, every home or structure also needs to have adequate drainage and often a retaining wall to prevent ground erosion and direct water away from your home.
A retaining wall is built to protect your home or yard from damage caused by erosion. For instance, if your property rests against a slope, installing a retaining wall can help prevent the hillside from eroding onto your property. Quality waterproofing, naturally, will extend the life of your retaining wall and will prevent property damage.
While our waterproofing contractors don’t install drainage systems, we can recommend where the drainage needs to be placed and we can provide you with retaining wall waterproofing.
A combination of quality drainage and quality waterproofing are your best defenses against water damage. This drainage also should include clearing out rain gutters and downspouts and ensuring that downspouts are connected to your drainage system, allowing water to flow freely from your home rather than pooling up next to your structure.
Thome Waterproofing Can Help!
At Thome Waterproofing, we offer a wide range of waterproofing services that can help protect your home and the surrounding structures. We have many years of experience with a myriad of waterproofing systems and waterproofing products. We can find waterproofing solutions that meet your unique needs.
Our areas of specialization include:
- Foundation Waterproofing (Before or After Construction)
- Crawlspace Waterproofing
- Deck Waterproofing
- Pool Deck Coatings (including Decorative Coatings)
- Balcony Waterproofing
- Retaining Wall Waterproofing
- Planter Waterproofing
Our expert waterproofing contractors also can handle large commercial waterproofing projects, including below-grade waterproofing and blindside waterproofing. If you need any type of waterproofing services, give us a call at any time and we can provide you with a free cost estimate. We service the Los Angeles metro as well as Ventura County, including Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Hollywood Hills, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Studio City and beyond.