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How Do I Choose Waterproofing Materials?


Terry Kobatskyi

Terry Kobatskyi

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What Are The Best Waterproofing Materials?

The best waterproofing materials depend on the method used. For interior waterproofing, epoxy and polyurethane sealants are effective for sealing against moisture. Exterior waterproofing often involves rubber membranes or liquid asphalt for durable protection. For drainage systems, materials like PVC pipes and gravel ensure efficient water management. Choosing high-quality materials is essential for a robust and lasting waterproofing solution.

How Do I Choose Waterproofing Materials?

Choosing waterproofing materials requires careful thought to ensure effective protection. Follow these steps:
  • Define Your Project: Identify the area you need to waterproof, like a basement or foundation.
  • Material Requirements: List the materials needed, such as membranes or coatings.
  • Evaluate Properties: Look for durability, moisture resistance, and suitability for conditions.
  • Research Options: Read product descriptions and reviews to understand benefits and limitations.
  • Ease of Use: Choose materials aligned with your DIY skills.
  • Budget: Prioritize quality within your budget.
  • Warranty: Opt for materials with warranties and support.
  • Project Specifics: Consider moisture levels, drainage, and structure.
  • Environment: Choose eco-friendly options if desired.

Thorough research ensures your project’s success and durability!

What Are The Types Of Basement Waterproofing Materials?

There are several types of basement waterproofing products designed to prevent water infiltration and moisture-related issues in basements. These products offer various methods of protection against water damage. Some common types of basement waterproofing products include:

Waterproofing Membranes:

  • Bituminous Membranes: These are asphalt-based sheets that are applied to the foundation walls and offer effective waterproofing and protection.
  • Polyurethane Membranes: These liquid-applied membranes create a seamless and flexible barrier against water penetration.

Interior Sealants:

  • Epoxy Sealants: These sealants are applied to cracks and gaps in the basement walls and floors to prevent water seepage.
  • Hydrophobic Sealants: These sealants repel water and are commonly used on concrete surfaces to inhibit moisture infiltration.

Exterior Waterproofing Coatings:

  • Cementitious Coatings: These coatings are applied to the exterior foundation walls to create a waterproof barrier and prevent water from reaching the foundation.
  • Liquid Rubber Coatings: These coatings form a flexible and durable barrier that can withstand soil movement and resist water penetration.

Exterior Drainage Systems:

  • French Drains: These systems collect and redirect water away from the foundation to prevent water buildup around the basement walls.
  • Sump Pump Systems: Sump pumps are used to remove water that collects in the basement, preventing flooding and excess moisture.

Foundation Insulation Panels:These panels not only provide insulation but also act as a barrier against water infiltration, helping to keep the basement dry.

Crack Injection Systems:Epoxy resins are injected into cracks in the foundation to seal them and prevent water from entering.

Cavity Drainage Systems: These mats are placed against the foundation walls to create a gap that allows water to be collected and channeled away.

Basement Dehumidifiers: These devices help control moisture levels by extracting excess humidity from the air, reducing the risk of mold and mildew growth.

The choice of basement waterproofing products depends on factors such as the type of water issue, the severity of the problem, and whether you’re dealing with interior or exterior waterproofing. Consulting with a professional can help determine the most appropriate solution for your specific situation.

How Can Our Materials Enhance Your DIY Projects?

Our Aquatech Basement Waterproofing materials are versatile for a range of DIY solutions:

  • Basement Waterproofing: Utilize products like our 4″ x 100′ Corrugated Drain Pipe with Filter, DMX – Air-Gap, and Aqua-Bloc® 770-06 to safeguard your basement from moisture.
  • Foundation Protection: Shield your foundation with DELTA®-MS – Below-Grade Dimpled Membrane and Platon Foundation Wrap.
  • Window Well Covers: Prevent water and debris from entering your basement by crafting window well covers.
  • Drainage Solutions: Manage water accumulation with the 4″ x 100′ Corrugated Drain Pipe with Filter and DMX Drain 5M.
  • Crack Repair: Use Bakor 990-06 Yellow Jacket 6 Inch and Yellow Jacket Fiber Mesh for crack reinforcement.
  • Landscaping: Improve yard drainage with our materials.
  • Small-scale Projects: Waterproof sheds, crawl spaces, and garages effectively.
For expert advice and proper installation, our dedicated team is ready to assist you every step of the way. Unleash your DIY potential with Aquatech Basement Waterproofing!

At Aquatech Basement Waterproofing, we use only high-quality waterproofing materials when we do work for you. 

Whether you need materials for a DIY project or professional waterproofing services, Aquatech Basement Waterproofing has you covered. We offer a wide range of basement waterproofing materials that you can purchase from us to meet your specific needs. 

When you buy from us, you can be confident that you are getting the best quality materials available on the market.

Basement Waterproofing Materials For Toronto Homeowners

When it comes to basement waterproofing materials in Toronto, we have you covered. In our work we use only high-quality materials, and they’re also available for purchase if you’re looking for DIY options. Some of our popular materials include 4″ X 100′ Corrugated Drain Pipe – With Filter, Bakor 990-06 Yellow Jacket 6 Inch, Termination Bar, DELTA®-MS – Below-Grade Dimpled Membrane, DMX – Air-Gap, Aquablock 770-06 and much more.

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With our materials, you can rest assured that your basement will be protected against water damage and stay dry and healthy for years to come. Discover our materials and do not hesitate to reach out to us for recommendations.

4″ X 100′ Corrugated Drain Pipe – With Filter

Hydraulic Cement

Hydraulic cement is a versatile and reliable construction material widely used for various applications in the building and repair industry. Unlike regular cement, hydraulic cement sets and hardens through a chemical reaction with water, ensuring a durable and strong bond. This unique property allows it

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4″ X 100′ Corrugated Drain Pipe – With Filter

Sump Pit

A sump pit is an essential component in any efficient drainage system, designed for seamless water collection and management. Its user-friendly design ensures easy installation, making it a practical choice for both residential and commercial applications. Crafted from highly chemical and corrosion-resistant materials, the sump

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4″ X 100′ Corrugated Drain Pipe – With Filter

Liberty Sump Pumps

Liberty Sump Pumps stand as a testament to reliability and efficiency in water management solutions. Renowned for their robust performance, these pumps are engineered for both commercial and residential applications, ensuring swift and effective removal of wastewater. Featuring powerful motors with thermal overload protection, Liberty

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4″ X 100′ Corrugated Drain Pipe – With Filter

4″ x 100′ Corrugated Drain Pipe – with Filter

The 4″ x 100′ corrugated drain pipe with filter is a heavy-duty, high-density polyethylene drainage pipe that features a built-in filter fabric to prevent debris and sediment from clogging the pipe. This filter fabric ensures that the water flows freely while keeping the pipe clear

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Yellow Jacket Fibre Mesh

Yellow Jacket Fibre Mesh

Yellow Jacket Fiber Mesh is a reinforcing material used in waterproofing applications. It is made of fiberglass and is designed to provide additional strength and stability to waterproofing membranes and coatings. The mesh is embedded into the waterproofing material, creating a more durable and long-lasting

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Bakor 990-06 Yellow Jacket 6 Inch

Bakor 990-06 Yellow Jacket 6 Inch

Bakor 990-06 Yellow Jacket 6 Inch is a waterproofing material that is designed for use in below-grade foundation walls, tunnels, and earth-sheltered structures. It is a self-adhering, rubberized asphalt membrane that is designed to be used in conjunction with other waterproofing systems to provide maximum

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Termination Bar

Termination Bar

Termination Bar is a preformed, versatile waterproofing material designed for attaching and securing a variety of construction products, including drainage boards, waterproofing membranes, and flashing systems. The material is made of durable aluminum and can be used in both horizontal and vertical applications. Termination Bar

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DELTA®-MS – Below-grade Dimpled Membrane

DELTA®-MS is a high-performance waterproofing membrane designed to protect below-grade foundations and walls from moisture intrusion. This dimpled membrane features a unique design that creates an air gap between the wall and the membrane, allowing water to drain down and away from the foundation. This

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Platon Foundation Wrap

Platon Foundation Wrap is a high-quality waterproofing material that is designed to protect your home’s foundation from water damage. Made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), this wrap is incredibly durable and can withstand even the harshest weather conditions. The wrap comes in large rolls and is

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Window Well Covers

Window Well Covers

Window wells can be a potential source of debris, leaves, animals, rain, and snow into your basement. However, installing plastic and metal window well covers can effectively prevent these elements from entering your window wells. Moreover, these covers can also provide insulation and can save

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DMX – Air-Gap

DMX – Air-Gap

Experience ultimate protection against moisture, mold, and mildew with the Aqua Bloc 720-38 HYDRO GUARD drainage membrane. This top-tier barrier is crafted from recycled plastics to ensure durability and resilience. It is designed to securely wrap around cracked and weeping concrete walls, preventing water from

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DMX Drain 5m

DMX Drain 5m

The DMX Drain 5M is a waterproofing system composed of a geotextile fabric laminated to a high-density polyethylene membrane (DMX AG CCMC #13182-R). Its purpose is to act as a drainage membrane that allows water that seeps towards the foundation wall to flow through the

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Polyurethane is often recognized as one of the best due to its seamless application and ability to penetrate surfaces deeply. Determining the number one waterproofing material can vary based on specific situations and requirements. The ideal choice depends on the unique needs of each project. It is advisable to consult experts and conduct thorough research to identify the most suitable waterproofing material for a specific situation.

The most critical factor in selecting a waterproofing membrane is elongation, especially for areas like roofs. Membranes with good elongation properties can withstand temperature-induced expansions and contractions without cracking or tearing. However, choosing the right membrane involves various considerations. It is highly recommended to consult professionals who can assess the specific conditions and recommend an appropriate membrane tailored to the project’s requirements.

Silicone sealant stands out as a superior coating for waterproofing. Its unique chemical structure and liquid, gel-like form enable it to create a strong and lasting seal, making it adaptable for diverse applications. However, the effectiveness of silicone sealant, like any other waterproofing solution, can vary depending on the specific surface and environmental factors. Consulting professionals ensures the proper application and suitability of silicone sealant for a given waterproofing project.

Determining the number of waterproofing layers for a basement is a complex decision that requires professional assessment. Factors such as water pressure, existing cracks, and the basement’s exposure to moisture play crucial roles. Consulting waterproofing experts is essential to evaluate these factors comprehensively and recommend the optimal number of layers tailored to the basement’s specific needs. Their expertise ensures a customized and effective waterproofing solution for the basement.