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How To Waterproof Your Home During Its Construction

What does the process of waterproofing a new home involve, and how does that process differ from waterproofing an existing home?

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Building a new home is as invigorating as it is stressful. But, the last thing you want is for your new home to crack or leak because you didn’t invest in reliable mid-construction waterproofing solutions.

Choose Your Waterproofing Solutions

Good news! When it comes to selecting the preventative waterproofing method, there are a range of options. Browse through some of the most effective mid-construction solutions here to see which ones may best suit your needs.

Foundation Membranes

When it comes to protecting your home from the unpredictable weather of the mid-Atlantic region, investing in a foundation membrane is a wise decision. By collaborating with industry-leading experts like JES, your chosen home construction company can seamlessly incorporate these foundation membranes into the building process. Not only will this ensure a dry home after construction, but it also safeguards your materials from potential damage during installation.

With a range of options available, selecting the right foundation membrane for your needs is essential. Traditional peel-and-stick membranes offer a hydrophobic barrier that shields your home from rainwater. Alternatively, you can explore liquid-applied membranes or semi-permanent sealants to provide the necessary protection.

By prioritizing the incorporation of a foundation membrane during construction and partnering with trusted experts like JES, you can proactively safeguard your home from the effects of mid-Atlantic weather without compromising on the quality of the building materials.

Insulation Boards

Protect your home from rainfall with insulation, but not all insulation is created equal. Mid-construction, choose foam board insulation made from expanded polystyrene, which is dense and effective at controlling temperature and protecting against moisture. Use it throughout your home to safeguard your belongings. While foam insulation is durable, it may need replacement if exposed to heavy rain or flooding for more than a year. Make an investment in your protection with the right insulation.

French Drains

Also known as exterior drain tiles, you can have the contractors who are building your home install a French drain’s pipes while digging out the perimeter of your home. These pipes need to rest in gravel canals to direct water away from your foundation and basement. You won’t need to worry about connecting these pipes to your sewer. Instead, you’ll be able to have them direct water wherever you like, as long as it’s a reasonable distance away from your home.

Interior Drainage System

If you’re looking for interior waterproofing, you’re going to want to invest in interior drainage tiles and sump pumps. At JES, our basement waterproofing professionals will be able to integrate these waterproofing solutions into your home while the builders construct your foundation.

These tiles work to limit the amount of hydrostatic pressure your foundation and basement have to endure. This means you’ll have to deal with fewer potential leaks and cracks for as long as you’re living in your home. That said, talk to your contractors about the coverage you want with your interior drainage tiles. A sump pump, for example, is ideal for preventing leakage and flooding in one part of your basement. If you want more comprehensive coverage, you’ll need to discuss waterproofing solutions with the experts in the your local area.

Damp Proofing

If you’re interested in a less construction-oriented waterproofing solution, you can always damp proof your home. To damp proof your basement and foundation during construction, you’ll need to ask your contractors to spray this tar-based emulsion along your walls. This way, you’ll create a hydrophobic barrier between the outdoors and your support structures.

One of the best things about damp proofing is its overall affordability. That said, if you want more comprehensive waterproofing, consider stacking this solution with something else or investing in one of the better waterproof emulsions on the market. Local contractors should be able to tell you which of the available emulsions will best suit your budget and location.

Tips For Proper Home Waterproofing

When you’re waterproofing a new home, the site work is almost as important as the solution you’ve chosen to work with. That’s why you always want to collaborate with foundation and basement repair professionals and experienced construction workers. While DIY-ing a waterproofing solution may seem appealing, it’s always best to leave this kind of work to the professionals.

Are you ready to protect your future home? Reach out to JES for a free inspection and estimate, and start discussing what waterproofing solutions may best suit your new home.

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