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At Abarent, we are dedicated to selecting the most effective methods and products for each unique situation. Our selection process is backed by extensive research and testing that spans many years. While our approach may not always be the cheapest, we believe it is crucial for you to feel completely confident in the solution we propose for your problem. Our goal is to ensure that the job is done correctly the first time, with the appropriate materials, so you don’t have to rely on a warranty. This is especially important when you have multiple quotes on the table, as it can be confusing to compare various methods for different situations. Rest assured that with Abarent, you will receive a customized solution that is tailored to your specific needs.

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Best Methods to Waterproof Your Basement

Method Information Recommendation
Single application of tar and geodrain styrofoam drainage board
  • Does not constitute waterproofing for build codes
  • Typically filled before the tar has dried, cracks not fixed
Not recommended
  • Does not constitute waterproofing for building codes
  • Poly sags during the backfill process and tears easily
Not recommended
  • Does not constitute waterproofing for building codes
  • Tar is not biodegradable or flexible
Not recommended
Plastic cement-tar
  • Does not constitute waterproofing for building codes
  • Tar is not biodegradable or flexible
Not recommended
Dimpleboard-drainage mat
  • Does not constitute waterproofing for building codes
  • Dimpleboard does not repair crack
Not recommended
  • Complies with waterproofing building codes
  • Biodegradable and has up to 15 year lifespan
Bakor 770-06 membrane-styrofoam
  • Complies with waterproofing building codes
  • Ideal for cracks and has up to 25 year lifespan
Yes, recommended

Foundation excavation Weeping tile installation or replacement

Waterproofing Interior vs. Exterior Basement Walls

The primary difference between exterior and interior waterproofing lies in the installation methods. Exterior waterproofing is mainly fitted from the outside of the basement, requiring excavation around the perimeter. Interior waterproofing is primarily installed from the inside of the basement, with minimal work conducted outside.

To prevent water damage to foundation walls, it is essential to waterproof the exterior of the wall. By doing so, water infiltration can be stopped before it has a chance to migrate through the foundation wall and cause damage.

It’s important to understand the difference between waterproofing and dampproofing when it comes to protecting your property from water damage. Certain coatings can serve as both for interior and exterior basement walls. Dampproofing resists only moisture, while waterproofing protects from both water and moisture. Waterproofing is a more sustainable long-term solution.

At Abarent, we prefer to use products that degrade during contact with the exterior elements over time. This provides a much longer term of protection and allows for a longer warranty period.

Cost of Basement Waterproofing in Edmonton

Estimating a basement waterproofing project in Edmonton involves conducting an inspection of the space that needs to be waterproofed, such as a basement, to identify any potential problem areas and determine the best course of action. Abarent may also need to consult with the property owner to discuss any specific requirements or concerns. Once all of this information has been gathered, Abarent can use it to create a detailed estimate that includes the cost of all materials, labor, and any additional expenses.

Preventative Basement Maintenance Techniques for Homeowners

Lesser-Known Tips for Properly Maintaining Your Basement

  • Proper interior insulation and a sealed vapor barrier to prevent humidity and frost on the interior of the foundation wall
  • Vertical drains in window wells
  • Eve and downspouts installed and maintained to direct roof water away from the foundation
  • Top up of compacted soil adjacent to the foundation and maintaining a positive slope for surface water control

Tips for Homeowners to Create a Maintenance Schedule

  • Remove exterior sump hose prior to exterior temperatures going below zero
  • Cleanout debris from window wells every fall
  • Roof eave and drain cleaning to ensure proper function every fall
  • Test sump pump and clean out the sump pit twice per year

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