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Exterior Waterproofing

External Basement Waterproofing in Sault Ste. Marie

If your residence smells stuffy or water damage is noticeable, then these are indications that you need appropriate repair and maintenance. This issue is typically triggered by an accumulation of pressure enabling water to seep into the cracks of your foundation. This can result in major problems if not taken care of. Our waterproofing company can quickly decipher these indicators and determine which waterproofing service is the most effective for you. Our solutions will stop water leaks  in your home and ensure it’s never a trouble again. 

Benefits to External Waterproofing:

  • Eliminates the stuffy, moldy smell in your cellar which helps with allergies
  • Increases architectural strength in your home by enhancing the foundation and protecting against rot
  • Stops damage from spreading and impacting various other locations in your home
  • Entirely waterproofs tour basement which makes certain you’ll never have water issues again
  • Increases your property value

Waterproofing structures externally is among the best solutions to dealing with a leaky downstairs you can find. Nearly all exterior waterproofing services consist of revealing the foundation from the outside and using the needed waterproofing products to reroute water away from your structural walls. This treatment is confirmed to work as it has been used numerous times with excellent outcomes.

waterproofing a basement foundation
waterproofing a basement foundation

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Professional Exterior Foundation Waterproofing

Exterior waterproofing (also known as external waterproofing) is the practice of repairing a leaking basement or foundation from the outside of your home. There are multiple ways to externally repair your basement. One way is excavating the ground around your foundation and then applying proper waterproofing materials to seal it. You can also build a water-diverting system that sends water away from your foundation. Whichever method you choose, exterior waterproofing is a proven solution for repairing basement leaks and foundations.

Waterproofing Basement Walls from the Outside

We specialize in all things waterproofing. For help with a leaky basement, contact Sault Waterproofing today.

Difference Between Dampproofing VS Waterproofing

Damp proofing and waterproofing your basement are two different things despite their similarities. When installing waterproofing on your home, you should be aware what waterproofing method the contractors are using. Many contractors and waterproofers are hired to do waterproofing, but will use damp-proofing products to reduce the cost of their materials.

During exterior damp-proofing, a liquid asphalt-based product is applied to your foundation walls. Because there is no rubber, this waterproofing technique does not provide complete stability against foundation cracks. Damp proofing is completed during the construction process of a home build. It can protect your home from small amounts of moisture, but it cannot withstand significant quantities of water. In heavy rains, water could still get into your basement because the cracks in your walls aren't fully bonded together. 

Exterior basement waterproofing will protect your foundation from moisture and large amounts of water for many years. It works by applying a moisture barrier around your foundation walls and then installing a specially designed dimple board that deflects water away. This process is more costly than damp proofing, but it highly more efficient. 

professional dampproofing a basement
professional dampproofing a basement

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Foundation Waterproofing

When houses or any buildings are built, the ground beneath them is dug up for the foundation to be installed. Foundations can be made up of many things including bricks, field stones and block or poured concrete. These materials are used to make footings for the rest of the building to rest on. There are different waterproofing solutions for the different foundation materials. For a building’s foundation to be up to code, all that is required is usually only a spray on damp proofing. The spray on damp proofing only protects basements against small amounts of water and moisture. If heavy rains were to occur, your basement may get water inside due to the lack of proper waterproofing used. 

The next step is installing weeping tiles around the outside bottom perimeter of the footings. These tiles connect drainage to either the front of the building or to the sump pump. Once all this is installed, the hole made for the foundation installation is filled up again with the same dirt. When the dirt is put back into the hole, it isn’t packed down near as much as when it was excavated up. This basically leaves the new foundation sitting in a bowl in the ground. 

When rain occurs, it seeps into the ground and follows the slope in the excavated ground which leads right to the foundation and the weeping tiles. Weeping tiles are installed to drain the water away from the foundation but sometimes these tiles can crack. When the tiles break, dirt clogs water from draining properly and begins to build up around the base of the foundation. This creates hydrostatic pressure on the foundation which will eventually lead to water leaks in your foundation. Over time these leaks can continue to get bigger and cause more damage to your basement. This is why proper waterproofing is highly recommended to keep your home safe.

Exterior Waterproofing Solutions

We specialize in all things waterproofing. For help with a leaky basement, contact Sault Waterproofing today.

Common Exterior Leak Problems

Basement Window Wells

Without a drainage system, water can pool at the base of windows and cause leaks.

You can prevent water from pooling around your basement windows by making sure that your windows are in good condition and by adding vertical weeping tiles and gravel. The weeping tiles and gravel will become a drain to direct water away from your windows and basement.


Water leaks can come in through joints in your basement area.

Patching and filling joint leaks with hydraulic cement is a great way to stop water leakage. The modified cement will fill any cracks and is excellent at preventing further damage and water leaks.

Block or Brick Foundation Homes

Block or brick foundations can contain air voids and mortar joints which can allow water to enter the cervices of your walls.

Exterior, interior or a combination of both waterproofing methods can solve this problem. You can prevent water from seeping into your foundation by repairing any cracks and applying a waterproofing sealant. You can also divert water away from your foundation to prevent moisture from having the chance to enter.

Top of Foundation

Water leaks can happens through the sill of your home if it's not sealed properly or the original seal has deteriorated.

An effective waterproof sealer can be used to prevent water from having a chance to seep in through the sill. Despite the fact that there is no hydrostatic pressure, water can still enter through this area.


Does exterior waterproofing work?Although this method requires some digging, it can be well worth it. Exterior waterproofing is also more expensive than interior waterproofing since it involves more work and material, but it effectively keeps water away from your home's foundation.

Can I waterproof over existing waterproofing?You can do either, but I prefer screeding before waterproofing. Simply ensure that your puddle flange is in place. Waterproofing and screeding over previous waterproofing? Because the other way around can result in efflorescence on your tiles, I prefer screed with a waterproof membrane over top.

How long does exterior waterproofing last?The duration of waterproofing is determined by several factors, including the amount of waterproofing substance used, the climate, and the severity of the initial damage. There is no defined timeframe for all of the constituents, but most professionals will warranty it for roughly ten years.

What is exterior waterproofing?Exterior waterproofing (also known as external waterproofing) is the process of repairing a leaky basement from the outside of your home by revealing the foundation and implementing the appropriate waterproofing material to create a foundation waterproofing system that will redirect and disperse water away from your foundation walls.

How much does exterior waterproofing cost?The average cost per square foot ranges from $3 to $10. Minor repairs can cost as little as $600, however extensive and intricate waterproofing jobs might cost as much as $10,000 for some properties.

How to waterproof exterior windows?Staple 15-pound felt at the bottom of the window aperture.
Cover the felt with adhesive-backed waterproof membrane; trim the edges and fold the excess membrane over the rough sill.
Cover spaces in opening corners with little pieces of waterproof membrane.
Apply a wide strip of waterproof membrane to each side of the hole; the flashing should extend past the header and overlap the bottom flashing.
Place the window into the opening.
Slip shims beneath the glass from the inside.
Center window in the opening, then check the bottom of the window for level.
Drive a single nail through the nailing flange on the window's high side.
Raise the low side of the window to level, then nail through the flange.
Check the vertical edge of the window for plumb; shim if necessary.
Measure the opposing diagonals of the window to ensure that it's square.
Finish nailing the window to the wall.
Apply a wide strip of waterproof membrane across the top of the window.

How to do exterior waterproofing?All of these difficulties can be addressed by outside basement waterproofing. Excavating the dirt away from the external basement wall, constructing the proper moisture barrier, filling the surrounding space with gravel, and establishing a footer draining system are the basic steps.

Is weatherproof waterproof?The distinction between waterproof and weatherproof as adjectives is that waterproof is unaffected by water, whereas weatherproof can withstand weather harm.

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