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Whether you are working on a new build or a commercial renovation, the best way to protect your building project is to choose the right waterproofing solutions during your initial design phase. Water intrusion can be one of the biggest sources of damage your building can face. Choosing the right commercial waterproofing solution needs to happen at the design stage to protect your building from the foundation up.

Vapor intrusion is a threat to building and human health — but with high-quality vapor intrusion barrier systems, it is a completely avoidable and preventable problem. 

But how do you know which vapor intrusion barrier system is best for you? Geo-Seal® and EPRO waterproofing systems are two highly innovative systems that stop vapor in its tracks. It’s important to compare each system to know exactly which type of project each product line would be better fitted toward.

The primary purpose of a vapor intrusion barrier system is, ultimately, to prevent any subsurface contaminated vapors from entering your structure. The big question is: How thick does your vapor intrusion membrane need to be? By the end of this face-off between thin vs. thick vapor intrusion membranes, you’ll understand the pros and cons of each membrane and which type of project requires which membrane thickness.

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Whether your construction project has a below-ground level space utilized for parking, storage, tunnels for services, utility rooms or communication conduits, this area’s performance is vital for function of the building and the physical integrity of the entire structure. It is part of the building’s foundation and ensuring it is free from water damage using below-grade waterproofing membranes can save you thousands.

Your building envelope keeps interior building systems and occupants protected from the elements, including heat, cold, wind and, in particular, water. Water intrusion is one of the most pervasive and difficult to control issues for any building owner or operator. If you’ve dealt with water damage, we feel your pain. If you haven’t, then you’re unusually lucky, and we’d like to know your next Power Ball numbers. 

Environmental health and safety is an increasing concern for architects, developers, contractors and governments. Recently, attention has turned towards vapor intrusion as a critical issue that should be addressed in order to safeguard the health and well-being of our communities. 

Properly waterproofing your foundation will result in a dry and safe below-grade environment. Experts agree that there are certain foundation waterproofing best practices to ensure your below-grade waterproofing membrane is applied correctly, to ensure there is no water leakage and damage as a result of those leaks.

There are certain below-grade waterproofing products and techniques that will help you complete your project on time and within budget. 

On most projects, below-grade waterproofing is applied after your foundational walls have been poured (also known as post-applied waterproofing). For some projects, however, this is impossible — and that’s where blindside (or pre-applied) waterproofing comes in. Blindside waterproofing is considerably more complex than traditional post-applied below-grade waterproofing, but it doesn’t have to set back timelines.

Builders and architects know that keeping a building dry and safe is key to its performance and the length of its lifespan. 

But there are a few strategies needed to keep buildings protected from water and moisture conditions, and the right products are necessary to ensure a long-lasting solution. You’ll need to keep a few things in mind when it comes to waterproofing your building to help get you on the right track for proper protection.