Best preventative maintenance tips for basement waterproofing

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Effective waterproofing for strata and commercial properties needs a holistic approach.

At Danrae Group, we first tailor a solution that suits your specific areas, including flat roofs, balconies and basements. And we partner quality waterproofing installation with ongoing preventative maintenance.

Basements, for instance, are prone to water ingress and we commonly see issues ranging from minor leaks to efflorescence and extensive concrete spalling. Given the tendency for these issues, the best approach when waterproofing basements is a proactive one.

For effective and permanent basement waterproofing, the Danrae Group team provides a solution design using premium waterproofing membranes – with an optional preventative maintenance plan to catch any potential issues before they escalate.

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Why basements leak

It’s common for water to enter basements after heavy rain. Groundwater can build up in the soil when there is inadequate drainage and as hydrostatic pressure (water pressure within the soil) increases, pushing water further towards the surface and into cracks and crevices around the concrete foundation.

Water can enter your structure in several ways – including those cracks or small spaces in the foundation slab, retaining walls and around basement windows. The wall to floor joint is particularly vulnerable, even when you have a quality waterproofing membrane in place.

External factors, including adjacent construction, may also affect your water penetration, so while your basement might be above the water table level now – and staying dry – there is potential for that to change.

In addition to environmental impacts, we also see damage due to an ineffective solution design, poor workmanship and inadequate basement waterproofing maintenance.

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How to improve basement waterproofing

There are steps you can take to try and minimise basement waterproofing problems. Ensure you direct water to a natural exit with well-designed drainage, and that you install gutters and downpipes away from the foundation.

Key to effective basement waterproofing is a suitable and high-quality basement waterproofing membrane, and our team can advise on the best option.

It’s important to keep a check for cracks and to seal them immediately. Concrete crack injections are a cost-effective way to repair cracks and ensure they don’t worsen. We use a polyurethane crack injection in general areas, or an epoxy resin where we need extra strength for structural integrity.

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Expertise for exceptional basement waterproofing

With decades of experience and a dedicated team of first-class waterproofers and other tradies in-house, Danrae Group will ensure your basement waterproofing lasts the distance.

Our work meets all industry guidelines, we triple test our quality and we guarantee our workmanship.

With vast experience across strata, construction, civil, commercial and government projects, we have the skills to provide a tailored and holistic waterproofing solution for every customer.

Please contact us for your end-to-end basement solution design, waterproofing, remediation and preventative maintenance.

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