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Sealing and Waterproofing

Stone and Concrete, Waterproofing March 28, 2007 Sonia


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Moisture is the biggest culprit to the longevity of your home. In the form of rainwater and ground seepage, it can ruin foundations, windows and doors, masonry and cement, siding and roofs. Excess moisture can also create serious mold problems, and is quite common in basements and crawlspaces. However, it can occur above ground as well, due to roof and gutter leaks. Sealing out moisture and waterproofing your home is the most important maintenance chore you can do.

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Moisture is the biggest culprit to the longevity of your home. In the form of rainwater and ground seepage, it can ruin foundations, windows and doors, masonry and cement, siding and roofs. Excess moisture can also create serious mold problems, and is quite common in basements and crawlspaces. However, it can occur above ground as well, due to roof and gutter leaks. Sealing out moisture and waterproofing your home is the most important maintenance chore you can do.

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First Things First

The first step in eliminating moisture is to control roof runoff. Clean out and repair gutters on a regular basis. Make sure all downspouts are connected. If possible connect downspouts to buried drainpipes. Or extend downspouts at least 4 feet away from the house and install a splash block to help disperse the water. Downspouts that discharge too closely are just injecting water into the basement. Arrange the soil located around the foundation perimeter so it slopes away from the house to keep rainfall from collecting against foundation walls. Trim overgrown bushes and trees; heavily overgrown bushes and trees can prevent good drainage and lead to foundation leaks.

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Above and Below:First step is to thoroughly caulk all windows, doors,around pipes, vents, roof flashings and other areas.Next, seal inside and outside cracks and around pipeopenings with a quick-setting sealant, such as UGLDRYLOK Water Plug.

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Then caulk, caulk and caulk. Adding caulking around windows, doors, roof flashings and other points of entry is the easiest and most economical sealing and waterproofing chore. Make sure you use a caulk suited to the application. DAP ALEX PLUS Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone is a high-grade caulk with silicone added to the latex formula to improve adhesion and flexibility. The caulk is multi-purpose, flexible, highly durable and even paintable after it dries tack-free in 30 minutes. The product is also treated with a fungicide to prohibit mildew build-up once it cures, and it is available in 10 colors.

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For outside crack, chip an inverted “V” shape in the crack in order to hold the material in place.

 

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Then mix the material and force it into the crack. Smooth with a trowel.

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Use Water Plug products to seal any cracks between a concrete floor and the walls.

In the Basement

If you have a basement, the next step is to completely seal and waterproof it. Or in the case of a basement or foundation with cracks or seepage, first seal and repair any cracks, openings around pipes and other areas. A good product for this chore is UGL DRYLOK Fast Plug. Using a masonry chisel, back chisel out the crack or area to create an inverted “V” to help lock the material in place. Use a wire brush to brush away any loose or crumbly material. Wet the area thoroughly, and then mix only enough material to use in 3 to 5 minutes as the material sets extremely fast, even when water is flowing actively through the crack or hole. Apply the material with a putty knife or trowel and smooth the surface. If an active area, force the material in place against the water and hold with a trowel or knife until it sets. Another area that should be sealed is at the floor and wall joints. As concrete cures, it typically shrinks, allowing the floor to pull away from the wall and creating a water entryway. Clean the area thoroughly, then wet down with water and apply UGL DRYLOK Fast Plug to all gaps between the walls and the floor.

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