Waterproofing Your Home During Construction

waterproofing when building a new house

When you’re building a home, you’re building a place meant to keep you, your family, and future generations safe for years to come. That’s why it’s important to waterproof your home during its initial construction. Mid-construction waterproofing also helps you ensure that your foundation and basement, if applicable, are ready to face the elements before the worst St. Louis weather hits.

Your Mid-Construction Waterproofing Solutions

Where do you start looking if you want to invest in mid-construction waterproofing solutions? You’ve got a couple of options on your plate, including:

Foundation Membranes

Contractors have been using foundation membranes to protect St. Louis, MO, homes for a long time. You can have these membranes installed after your home’s been constructed or after you’ve moved somewhere new. That said, it’s often easiest to have them installed while you’re home’s being built. This way, your foundation membranes can create a hydrophobic barrier between the construction materials and the elements, ensuring that they don’t warp mid-construction. As a result, they’ll be a little sturdier when your construction is complete and better able to protect your home.

Of the foundation membranes for you to choose from, a couple of common options include:

When in doubt, talk to your local contractors about the foundation membranes they have available. With luck, you’ll be able to use these waterproofing solutions to keep your home watertight.

Damp Proofing

Several of the waterproofing solutions available to homeowners and contractors today are liquid-based. Such is the case with the materials used to damp proof your home. When you ask contractors or construction workers to damp proof your home in the midst of construction, you’re allowing them to create a tar-based barrier between their construction materials and the elements.

Sound like a foundation membrane? It’s similar, but not quite the same. The emulsion used in the damp-proofing process is more affordable than a foundation’s liquid membrane. If you’re looking to save money but still want to keep your home safe from the worst of Missouri’s weather, then damp proofing is the way to go.

Insulation Boards

If you’re looking for a waterproofing solution that doubles up on purpose, why not use insulation boards? Insulation boards and insulation, in general, will protect your home from minor rainfall and leakage. At the same time, it’ll help you control the temperature inside your house and prevent fluctuating temperatures from damaging your pipes.

There are several types of insulation for you to choose from. When it comes to mid-construction waterproofing, though, you’ll want to consider investing in insulation boards. These boards can be made from expanded polystyrene, which is denser than your average insulation. As a result, they’ll all better keep water out of your home while also helping you maintain a consistent internal temperature.

That said, insulation boards aren’t quite as permanent as some other forms of mid-construction waterproofing. If you live in an area that sees heavy rain over the course of a year, you may want to stack your insulation boards with another waterproofing solution or invest in a different, more comprehensive mid-construction solution.

French Drains and Sump Pumps

When in doubt, you can always fall back on the waterproofing basics. Your contractors can readily install French drains or sump pumps into your basement in the midst of construction. They’ll need the time to dig out your perimeter and to lay your piping, but the process shouldn’t interfere with the rest of your home’s construction.

Do note, though, that French drains and sump pumps aren’t the same. French drains provide superficial protection for the whole of your basement. Typical French drains are perforated pipes installed in the ground near the foundation footing to collect and direct water away from the foundation.

For a more comprehensive solution, your best bet is interior drainage and sump pumps. Specialized interior drain tiles will be placed in the basement’s sub-floor and atop the footing to catch any seeping water and direct it to a sump pump system. This reliable sump pump then pumps the water out of the basement and away from the home’s foundation.

Marrying Solutions With Construction

No matter what mid-construction waterproofing solution you opt to work with, you’re going to want to make sure it’s effectively and safely installed. This is why it’s best to call a professional basement and foundation repair contractor to help waterproof your home. When the construction team and repair experts work together, they can properly grade your home and install the materials you need to keep everything safe and dry.

Want to learn more about the mid-construction waterproofing options you have at your disposal? Reach out to a contractor working in the St. Louis area for a free inspection and estimate on potential services.


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