Unfortunately, you’re not alone! So many homeowners are coming to realize that the damp proofing done on their home, whether it be from before or after their home’s construction, simply doesn’t hold up. We at BARRIER Waterproofing Systems want to do our part to share information about damp proofing to help shed light on the reality of what damp proofing is and its intended purpose.
First, What is Damp Proofing?
The name for a process that includes applying a tar-based product to the foundation walls and footing of a building is called Damp Proofing. The material works to deter water vapor from intruding through the walls of the building and into living spaces.
Why Won’t it Hold Up to Moisture Intrusion?
While it may help keep running water at bay, like from a moderate amount of rainfall, it has very little resistance against the hydrostatic pressure created from standing water. This can prove to be trouble when rainfall has been heavy or for homes with high water tables surrounding their foundation. The greater amount of water that accumulates, the higher the amount of pressure which means more water coming right through the perimeter of your home.
Additionally, damp proofing material becomes hard and brittle, beginning to crack in less than two years! It is both the acids in our rain that eat away at the stability of the material and the lack of UV radiation needed to keep the tar pliable that contribute to its rather quick downfall. Yet another factor that comes into play is a settling foundation. When our homes begin to settle, they can become misaligned or just plain unevenly supported as the ground shifts. This can cause the tar to crack, leaving your home wide open for prolonged contact with moisture.
What Should I Do About My Damp Proofed Foundation?
Ultimately, you should have your damp proofing replaced with a professional waterproofing system, like ours made here exclusively for BARRIER. The marked difference in price comes directly from the nature of the two different processes and materials. As clearly stated in the previous paragraph, damp proofing has some definite disadvantages to the waterproofing process.
That being said, it is possible for damp proofing to come in handy when your brand new home is being constructed. Usually, a large investment in your home may leave you needing more time to save up for further investments like waterproofing systems. Damp proofing may help act as a small buffer during this time.
Ideally, you want your home to be protected at all times and not have to undergo several installation processes. Ordering professional services upfront will set you up for the most success for the longest term possible. If this is not feasible for your family, investing in waterproofing for your home when the soonest available time arises is the next best thing you could do.
For more information about Damp Proofing and how our professional waterproofing services can improve the integrity of your home’s foundation, visit our website or give us a call at (615) 257-1060 | (931) 536-1168.