Glossary of Waterproofing Terms

waterproofing glossaryIt can be hard to approach waterproofing when there is a whole vocabulary that you may not know or understand. We here at Reliable Masonry & Waterproofing want to make sure you fully understand the vocabulary that surrounds waterproofing. The more someone understands waterproofing terms, the easier it will be to make an educated decision about your home or business. The following is a glossary of words that pertain to waterproofing.

  1. Damp Proof: The use of a material–often tar–to prevent water from seeping into the foundation. It is usually applied to the exterior of the foundation.
  2. Dehumidifier: This device is used to control the humidity in the air. It also can help control dampness by removing moisture.
  3. Dry Well: And underground pit that holds water that has been diverted from roofs, French drains, etc, until it can seep into the soil safely.
  4. Erosion: The gradual degradation of soil and rock over time due to wind, water, and other natural forces. If your foundation erodes away, it can allow water to seep into the basement or crawl space.
  5. Exterior Daylight System: A trench and drainage system around the exterior of a foundation that collects and diverts water to prevent it from harming the foundation.
  6. Exterior Drainage: Any waterproofing measures outside of your home or business that helps prevent water damage to your driveway, yard, or foundation.
  7. French Drain: A trench around the exterior of a home that diverts storm water runoff. Helps prevent water damage or flooding in your foundation. It contains a perforated pipe that moves water away from the home.
  8. Interior Waterproofing: Any waterproofing measures inside your home. These can help evacuate water from your basement and move it outside your home.
  9. Regrade: A way of raising the soil level around your home so that water does not pool in your yard or around your foundation.
  10. Sub-Floor Drainage System: A system that moves water from below the floor and interior walls of a home to sump pumps or other drainage systems.
  11. Sump Pump: A pump and tank that is installed in the basement or crawl space of a home. It collects and diverts water away from a home that would otherwise cause harm to the foundation.
  12. Water Management System: A network of pipes and drainage around the perimeter of the basement that collects water below the floor and moves it to the sump pump to be diverted away from the home.

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