Category: Below Grade

The Art of Proper Moisture Protection

The multi-award-winning Audain Art Museum is quintessentially Canadian – from the eclectic art housed inside to the unassuming yet masterfully planned and executed hockey-stick-shaped building itself. Yet, despite all the beauty on display for visitors, it’s the unseen elements that make this building truly amazing. The 56,000 sq. ft. private museum sits nestled amidst the […]

Foundation Protection: Is Your Dimple Sheet Up for the Job?

The Situation: Proper foundation protection is critical to keeping basements dry. Deciding on a dimpled membrane for a foundation’s protection system is the right choice. Dimpled membranes have many advantages over other systems. In the words of Waterproof Magazine, “They can easily be installed over virtually any foundation type: poured concrete, concrete block (CMU), insulated […]

Keeping Basements Dry: Why spray-on applications aren’t up for the job

Wet basements aren’t only bad for homeowners, they’re bad for business. From occupant discomfort and health risks due to mould and mildew to expensive material damage, foundation moisture has become one of the biggest headaches in homebuilding. When moisture makes an unwanted appearance in a foundation, people automatically look to their contractors to correct it […]

World’s Longest Tunnel Relies on DELTA®

The dream of constructing a tunnel 1.4 miles beneath Switzerland’s Gotthard mountain range arose shortly after World War II. Now, that dream has become a reality. On June 29, 2016 the inauguration of the Gotthard Base Tunnel invoked thoughts of Hannibal crossing the Swiss Alps 2,200 years ago. Of course, this route runs under, not over, the […]

How to Keep Basements Dry: Use Membrane Capillary Breaks Above Footings

It’s important to separate a foundation wall from damp soil so that migrating moisture does not reach the structure’s framing and/or interior. To preempt the costly problems from ground moisture reaching foundations, contractors routinely employ these solutions: Asphalt dampproofing on the exterior surface of foundation walls A layer of polyethylene and crushed stone under the basement […]

A Solution to the Problems with Spray-On Waterproofing for Foundations

When it comes to protecting foundations, some builders only concern themselves with code compliance. They simply spray a coating on the concrete foundation and proceed with backfilling. However, in many instances, this approach is short-sighted, leading to spray-on foundation waterproofing problems. Easily damaged spray-on coatings may create vulnerabilities on numerous levels, including moisture leading to mold […]

5 Reasons Why Basements Can Be Uncomfortable

Basements are known to have particular problems: they are often found to be damp, humid, and even occasionally flooded. Once moisture has intruded, it can be difficult to treat the problem. Moreover, these conditions make basements vulnerable to mold. Even common solutions, such as using a dehumidifier, can increase foundation issues and prolong the problem […]

How Blower Door Testing Can Help Homebuilders

As more and more homeowners and homebuilders seek energy efficient structures, residential codes are responding. As we’ve seen from the standards set in the 2012 and 2015 versions of the International Energy Conservation Code, air tightness standards are significantly higher in order to address energy efficiency. Though currently only nine states have adopted the 2012 IECC and […]

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