Water has been known to be the most intrusive and destructive of enemies to your building and its longevity. It has been known to weaken the most durable of structures. It seeps into cracks, crevices or just gets absorbed into pores and stays there while it slowly and cunningly eats at the very foundations of your structures.
As such, waterproofing is very important if you want to maintain the integrity of your building, basement and foundation. A waterproofing job, when done right, adds to and reinforces the strength of the structure and helps avoid further deterioration. MBH Roofing and Waterproofing understand the importance of shielding your home water infiltration and ensures a you have a well-wrapped home that does not give in to the harmful effects of water seepage.
In order to ensure that your home or building is free from water problems, it is important to understand all the mechanisms that contribute to components of structures getting wet and how building assemblies drain and dry.
Here are some of the most common reasons for water leaking into your home and crawlspaces and what you can do about it.
This is the most obvious culprit. Rain water leaks through cracks and flaws on the outside surfaces, making its way into your inner walls, siding, basement as well as your property’s foundation. It is a known fact that for every inch of rain, about 1,250 gallons of water accumulates on the roof of an average 2000 square foot home. Even if you have well functioning gutter, this water has its way of traveling through underground veins, arteries, & capillaries that are situated in the porous soil. When that water builds up down at the base, it creates Hydrostatic Pressure. This pressure causes water to push through the tiniest of cracks or crevices and even under footings.
High groundwater levels:
Groundwater is part of the Earth’s water cycle that flows underground. The rising global temperature and thereby melting snow, spring rain as well as lack of winter sun can bring about an undesirable effect to the geography of your home. This is causing ground water levels to rise to considerable heights, posing greater threats to your home’s envelope.
When warm air from the outside comes in contact with cool air in the interior of your homes, walls, and floors, condensation of water results, which again adds to the dampness and moisture content on the different surfaces of your home.
Moisture flow by diffusion.
Diffusion is the flow of moisture in the form of water vapor from a higher humidity region or environment to a lower humidity region. During this process, the moisture is absorbed by building materials and then this moisture is released to a dryer environment. An example of moisture flow by diffusion is the drying process that would take place if the wall sheathing was damp and the moisture would diffuse or evaporate through a permeable home envelope.
Often times, it is not a question of keeping water out, but that of managing it right with a good waterproofing system, like the one provided by MBH Roofing and Waterproofing, the best waterproofing facilitators in New York and New Jersey
Causes for Most Water Related Building Failures
Poor architectural design:
A faulty architectural design that traps or leads water back into building assemblies thereby preventing sufficient drainage can be an important cause for water-related damages. Joint seals and transitions are especially vulnerable to deferred maintenance and poorly executed repairs. Missing joints may cause water to flow in different directions, causing gutters that were not intended to handle too much water, to overflow for having to handle more than its capability.
A failure to detail a well thought out moisture management plan and specification of the wrong material for the given application can also be a major cause of water failure. It is very important that the material you use for repair are compatible with that of the existing building. For example, if your use galvanized steel over a copper structure, due to the reactivity of copper, it will eat at the steel causing extensive damage.
Often times, poor workmanship and substandard construction practices may cause irrevocable damages to the envelope of your building, making it vulnerable to water leakage, seepage and damage.
Following are some of the waterproofing services that MBH Roofing and Waterproofing provides to our valued clients:
Installation of high quality, weather-resistive drainage and barrier as well as flashing systems to promote proper drainage of water that is well away from your building.
Installation of rain screens to break capillary moisture flow, to ensure damage of water seeping in through capillaries.
Installation of air barrier systems and a breathable building wrap
Installation of air sealing around all penetrations , sealing your interiors from external moisture from condensation
If water infiltration has already caused considerable damage, we can take care of the following waterproofing problems for you:
- Concrete Spalling
- Mortar Deterioration
- Leaks in Parapet walls
- Bulged brickwork
- Leaks at window perimeters
- Freeze and thaw damage to joints
Once we have rectified all the water related faults in and around your property, MBH Roofing and Waterproofing applies the best quality and brand of sealant to ensure complete protection and safety of your building and everything in it.
Trust MBH Roofing and Waterproofing for the best waterproofing services in New York and New Jersey. We are committed to providing the most superior quality of service and craftmanship. Our only focus is on the satisfaction of our valued clients and we believe in developing, maintaining and strengthening relationships with our clients that are just as long-lasting as our weatherproofing jobs.
Weatherproof your house before it’s too late. After all, your home deserves the best. Call us today for a weather proofing consultation with some of the finest contractors in New York and New Jersey.