Builders, contractors, homeowners and home repair enthusiasts know they have a range of options available when it comes to waterproofing.
And while waterproofing in advance is always the best, by changing the landscape and providing physical paths for the water to take before it ever reaches your foundation, sometimes that option is not available.
When you need a specialty repair or an emergency fix to stop water from entering your space, sometimes what you need is a liquid waterproofing product.
When liquid waterproofing products work best
While a solid barrier between you and the water is almost always the best bet, sometimes it just isn’t an option. For these occasions, thankfully there are lots of good options for liquid waterproofing.
Use liquid waterproofing products to patch a crack
The first, most obvious use of liquid waterproofing products is to patch a crack in a below-grade wall in your home or business. The ease of application is the most appealing reason to use a liquid waterproofer here. You can trowel in the liquid or, in many cases, apply with a caulking gun to completely fill the crack.
Using a liquid waterproofer allows you to create a full seal and reach deep into the crack, providing a more secure barrier against water.
Use liquid waterproofing to seal a driveway
Your driveway needs to be waterproofed too. In this case it doesn’t mean keeping water off the driveway, but it does mean keeping water from getting inside your asphalt or concrete.
Once inside your drive, water can expand when it freezes and speed the deterioration of your huge investment. Using a liquid sealant allows the waterproofing to permeate the entire crack, protecting from the top and from the bottom, as far as the sealant reaches. This creates a more effective patch.
Use liquid waterproofing as a final coat
Some contracts, and some contractors, like to take a thorough approach to completing a waterproofing job. That means adding a final layer of waterproofing for security, even when there are already sufficient layers of waterproofing in place.
In this case, a thin coat of sealant applied to the outside of the below-grade wall helps protect the barriers behind it.
Use liquid waterproofing to spray where you can’t reach
In rare occasions, a breach is too complicated to reach, or too expensive. In this case, a spray-adhesive sealant can work more efficiently. With the right tools and application techniques, it can work as effectively as other barriers, while saving time and effort exposing the problem area to larger tools.