The foundation is the cornerstone of your home. There are many different options and techniques that can be used to seal it and protect your home from water ingress. One of the more popular options is using a Liquid Rubber Foundation Sealant. What follows are some of the top reasons to consider doing so.
To Prevent a Leaking Foundation
One of the main reasons to consider using a liquid rubber foundation sealant is to prevent a potential foundation leak. If you have a leaking foundation, it means that you have a crack or a hole in your foundation that’s allowing water to get inside. Any water inside the foundation can rot wood, rust metal and cause other problems that can be very costly to repair. Sealing your foundation with Liquid Rubber Foundation Sealant in advance can help prevent water penetration through exposure via cracks.
If you already have a leaking foundation, it’s important that you take measures to repair it as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the more damage will be done. We’ve created a helpful checklist to find and fix foundation cracks that you can reference for even more DIY tips on how to repair a leaking foundation.
You Want to Seal an Unsealed Foundation
If you haven't sealed your foundation yet, Liquid Rubber Foundation Sealant is an excellent choice to prevent water ingress. This is especially important if you have a high water table, or if you have sandy soil that’s more prone to soil movement. It's important to seal your foundation as soon as possible. If you have not sealed yours yet, make sure to have it inspected before you apply any type of sealant for the best results.Benefits of the Liquid Rubber Foundation Sealant:
- Superior strength and durability for a longer-lasting foundation sealant.
- 900% elongation to withstand expansion and contraction of your foundation over time.
- Fast and easy to apply (brush or roller with even strokes and heavy coats).
- Quick drying time (takes between 4-8 hours per coat).
- Eco-friendly and non-toxic: safe for plants, animals and children.
Prevent Discolored or Mouldy Walls
Another reason to consider using a liquid rubber foundation sealant is to prevent discolored or moldy walls. Mold and discoloration in a wall is the result of water penetration, which means it’s also possible that there’s a leaky pipe that’s causing the wall to be overly damp, or there could be a problem with the foundation.
If there’s a problem with the foundation, it’s possible that the foundation is leaking, which can result in the flooding of your basement and your walls. This can cause the walls, insulation and flooring to retain dampness, and is also the harbinger for mold and mildew. If you do find moldy and or discolored walls, it’s important that you inspect the situation and assess any damage immediately, so that the proper remediation efforts can be taken right away.
You’re Finishing a Drywall Job
If you’re finishing a drywall job, a Liquid Rubber Foundation Sealant can be used to seal off cracks in the foundation, which can provide added peace of mind that your hard work on that drywall job is better protected from moisture. If your home has walls that have been finished and you notice that there are some cracks in the foundation, it's advisable to have your foundation professionally inspected before sealing it to ensure that there are not any other underlying causes.
Using a liquid rubber foundation sealant can make it easier to finish a drywall job by helping to prevent moisture penetration and water ingress. You can also consider painting your basement's walls with Liquid Rubber to add even more protection from water ingress.
Need Even More Tips?
Liquid Rubber Foundation Sealant should be part of your basement and foundation waterproofing plan.
If you are looking for even more basement waterproofing tips, we recommend that you read our Expert’s Guide to Basement Waterproofing.
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