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Waterproofing Compounds

Using brush on waterproof compounds can be an easy and effective way to damproof or fully waterproof your foundation. These compounds can also be used to give your wall a unique texture! Many of these products claim to be waterproof when they actually are not. For this reason it is in your best interest to carefully read the literature that comes with your waterproof compound.

When using waterproofing compounds, the best results are achieved when the compound is applied to the positive side of the wall. The positive side of the wall is the side of the wall where the water is entering, not coming out. With basement foundations, you will most likely be required to do some digging in order to get to the positive side of the foundation walls.

The application process is another important consideration. First of all, the walls must be clean before you apply the compound. All paint must be removed as well. Consider sandblasting the surface or using a pressure washer to remove all dirt and paint. Once the walls are clear, they must be wet down before you apply the compounds. Keep in mind; two coats of thin paint work better than one thick coat. Popular manufacturers of brush on waterproofing compounds include ChemMasters, Chemrex, Master Builders, and Quikrete.

Once the waterproofing product has been applied, it is sure to do a fantastic job of stopping water from entering. You must be sure to follow the instructions for each product though. Improper application can lead to ineffective waterproofing. Keep in mind that these products can also be used to texture walls. They come in a grey and a pure white color and the texture is sandy. Decorative swirls can be made on your walls if you use a stiff brush with a handle.

The one drawback to using brush on waterproof compounds is the fact that they are not elastic. Basically, they do not stretch and this makes it impossible for them to waterproof a foundation that develops cracks or gaps. If you know that your foundation has been forming continuous cracks, you will need to stabilize your wall, use the epoxies, and then coat the wall.

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