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Your Home During Construction

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Damp Proofing Your Home Is A Poor Long Term Solution

Despite the cost of damp proofing to be lower than water proofing your home, there are several drawbacks that do not make it the superior option for protecting your home from surrounding moisture.

Damp Proofing

Tar Based Product
Minimal Resistance To Standing Water
Poor Long Term Effectiveness
Lasts Less Than 2 Years
Poor Elongation

Damp proofing is a tar-based product that is applied to a building’s foundation walls and footing to deter water vapor from passing through the walls and into interior spaces. Damp proofing has little resistance to hydrostatic pressure (or standing water). Damp proofing will harden and crack in less than two years due to acids in our acid rain and lack of UV radiation which is necessary to keep tar pliable. When your home settles the tar will crack, exposing your concrete walls to water. The cost of damp proofing is less than waterproofing and hence is used more often. However, damp proofing is a very poor long term method for protecting your home and rarely lasts more than a couple years.

Water Proofing

Modified Polymer Product
Excellent Resistance To Standing Water
Excellent Long Term Effectiveness
Lasts More Than 30 Years
Excellent Elongation

Waterproofing is a modified polymer product applied to a building’s foundation walls and footing to prevent water from passing through the walls and into interior spaces. Waterproofing has excellent resistance to hydrostatic pressure and will stay pliable underground without UV radiation. The polymers in the waterproofing membrane keep acids in the acid rain from decaying the membrane. The waterproofing membrane will expand with your home as it settles. The cost of waterproofing is initially higher than that of damp proofing. As your home ages, the added cost of waterproofing is well worth the small price difference and pays for itself in a few years.

Put A Barrier Waterproofing System On The Front Lines Against Moisture

Put A Barrier Waterproofing System On The Front Lines Against Moisture

Main Components Of A BWS

It’s all in the MEMBRANE…


The Barrier Membrane is a costeffective, polymer-modified coating with excellent elastomeric properties. Engineered to meet or exceed the performance properties of the best polymeric waterproofing coatings. It has a thixotropic consistency and may be used on vertical as well as horizontal surfaces.

Modified Polymer Asphalt Emulsion (Membrane)

Insulating Drainage and Protection Board

Strip Drain and Footer Drain

Encapsulated crawl space protected from moisture waterproof encapsulation job

Benefits & Advantages of A Barrier Membrane:

Insulating Drainage Board for a Lifetime of Protection

An insulating drainage board is recommended as a valuable addition to the waterproofing system. The board separates the membrane from the backfilled dirt around the home. For the average eight feet deep basement, the board will compress a mere 12% on average. Engineers estimate that it will take 300+ years for the board to become clogged and inoperable.

Exterior Waterproofing Excavation and Material
Exterior Waterproofing Excavation and Material

Insulating Drainage Board for a Lifetime of Protection

An insulating drainage board is recommended as a valuable addition to the waterproofing system. The board separates the membrane from the backfilled dirt around the home. For the average eight feet deep basement, the board will compress a mere 12% on average. Engineers estimate that it will take 300+ years for the board to become clogged and inoperable.

Footer Drain

Strip Drain and Footer Drain

The purpose of strip drains and footer drains are to create a permanent flow path around the footing of your home. These drains allow water to freely move around the perimeter concrete walls, keeping it from accumulating and standing against your foundation. The drains are run to a point lower than the footer to allow the water to naturally gravity feed around your foundation and flow to an area away from your home.

These strip drain and footer drain system consist of PVC drainage pipe and extruded HDPE with geo-synthetic filter fabric to strain out the fine particles that commonly block drains. To insure against future blocking, we will install one-clean out for every 75 linear feet of PVC drain pipe. We cover our drainage system with gravel and a filter fabric to give you the greatest possible water protection available today!

Barrier Waterproofing Systems Warranties

Barrier Waterproofing Systems offers a wide range of warranties that will surely satisfy the homeowner and possible future homeowners. Our warranties are transferable to new homeowners if the need to move should ever arise. This is yet another advantage of a value added Barrier Waterproofing System!

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