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One of the most important considerations in building construction is choosing the right types of waterproofing materials for your building. New construction foundation waterproofing protects your building and its occupants from water intrusion — one of the most pervasive and difficult to control issues for any building owner or operator. 

Having a waterproof foundation is one of the most important things you can do to protect your building now and well into the future. A strong, durable foundation waterproofing membrane creates a solid barrier between the concrete and surrounding earth that prevents water and other contaminants from infiltrating your building.

Planning a commercial construction project can be a daunting task. There are so many different considerations to plan for, often to tight deadlines and high expectations — not to mention keeping everything within your budget. 

Whether you’re building a parking garage, service tunnels or any other structure that extends below the ground surface, the integrity of your below-grade waterproofing will impact the performance of the rest of the building. 

Elevators are a highly utilized feature in many commercial buildings. You want your elevator to work quickly, smoothly and safely. Whether your elevator is hauling occupants or freight, it is important to keep everyone and everything secure during transportation. If water mitigation occurs, it could become a costly fix and could harm the overall efficiency of the operation.

When it comes to ensuring the integrity of your building, protection from water intrusion and contaminant vapor rank high on the list of things to add to your structure. Using waterproofing membranes is a popular choice for buildings and offers many long-term benefits that can add to its overall longevity.

When selecting a barrier or membrane system to mitigate contaminant vapor intrusion, the barrier's construction is critical to system success. While composite barrier systems consisting of multiple layers increase redundancy and likelihood of success, single sheet membranes must rely on seaming procedures to be successful. If the integrity of the seam is compromised, then so is the product's ability to be an effective contaminant vapor intrusion barrier.

PreTak is a pre-applied HDPE sheet waterproofing membrane combined with a pressure-sensitive adhesive backing.  PreTak’s fully adhered mechanical bond to cast-in-place concrete and shotcrete offers superior protection from water intrusion, chemical ground contaminants and methane gas. Find out why PreTak is the preferred choice for owners and consultants.

The E.Protect+ composite waterproofing system is designed specifically for those who require the highest level of building protection. Here are some key features that set E.Protect+ apart from other comparable waterproofing and contaminant barrier alternatives.

Before deciding which type of spray-applied waterproofing membrane to use for restoration or rehab in a building, there are a few ways to determine what the building may require from a product standpoint.

As most environmental and waterproofing consultants know, methane gas, petroleum hydrocarbons and VOCs can migrate into a building if it is not protected by a vapor intrusion barrier system.

Choosing the right products to protect your building from water damage is an important part of building design. No matter the size of the project, a waterproofing membrane is the best way to prevent water infiltration.

Those in the environmental industry know that sub-slab vapor collection systems are important for mitigating volatile chemicals, methane gas, radon and other contaminants from entering building structures. But what do you know about the difference between passive and active vapor collection systems, their differences, and how to ensure your project is safe from vapor ingress? 

EPRO is celebrating close to 30 years of best-in-class waterproofing. Since 1993, EPRO has been driven by a passion for making a positive impact on the building envelope and the communities that surround it. 

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.

Hot fluid-applied rubberized asphalt waterproofing is a waterproofing membrane system that can be used for many different applications in construction. Learn more!

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. 

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. 

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.

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.