HD FinishShield™ – A 16mil, Class A (Fire Rated) wall vapor barrier recommended as a durable wall covering.
ThermalShield™ – A 90mil, Class A (Fire Rated) foil-faced and true white poly wall vapor barrier.
Both systems work in conjunction with the GrateDrain™ System, shielding the living space from water vapor transmission and channeling wall leaks down to the GrateDrain™ system, to be pumped out with any groundwater seepage
Toledo Basement Repair offers a wide range of basement waterproofing products and patented drainage systems that will protect your home and your family.
Our experienced project managers will custom design an interior perimeter drainage system, customized specifically for you.
There are only three real waterproofing options with variations of each, but first it is important to understand the difference between waterproofing and structural repairs. Many people think that the two are the same thing.
Think of your home’s foundation like the bones in your body and waterproofing system like your skin. Your bones are very important regardless if your skin is perfect. Bad bones may eventually affect your skin and a bad skin issue over time may affect your bones. So…. although the two are related they are still different systems.
Unlike our bones, the masonry that we build foundations with can take a lot of abuse. Therefore the industry created 3 forms of waterproofing. Some of the inside waterproofing systems take advantage of the strength of your foundation and some try to preserve your foundation for a long long long….maybe too long of time (outside waterproofing) 🙂
1- Outside the wall waterproofing BASICS – Usually completed when building a home. Coatings or coverings are put on the outside of the basement wall and a tile system is also on the outside of the home. The tile is all the way at the bottom of the wall at the footer. Do not confuse this with a SHALLOW (18-24 inches) tile with a DEEP (60-120 inches) tile that companies offer. The cost is a lot different, so if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2 – Inside Tile Waterproofing BASICS – Which is used to fix water issues without digging up the outside. As a structural engineer, I hated this system. Why would anyone let water into their home? The easy answer is – an inside system will still last a long time before causing issues to the structure (bones). It is called the life cycle and cost-benefit analysis. If it will outlive you (depending on your age), most people think it is a pretty darn good system.
3- Inside Barrier WaterProofing BASICS – This system is really wishful thinking at its best. You are covering or “sealing ” walls to keep water from coming in. The process is easy but lasts a very short time relative to the other options.
The DRAIN TILE WE CHOSE for your home – For our interior waterproofing system, we did not want to reinvent the wheel but knew there was a better system than standard drain tile. So, I looked all over the United States and found a company called Grate Products which is owned by Steve Andres. Steve is a man that shares my values of always strive to do what is right for the customer. He came up with a complete but reasonably priced sealed drainage system because he did not approve of what he was currently installing. This decision was not money-based, as he was already pretty well off. There were too many failures with the existing tiles. The standard systems increased radon and mold in a home. It was not rocket science, but it was a Grate idea. 🙂
OUR OUTSIDE WATERPROOFING HIGHLIGHTS – Most of the time we complete outside waterproofing if your walls are bowing or falling. If we need to excavate the wall to push it back, waterproofing from the outside of the home makes the most sense. We offer three levels of protection when completing outside waterproofing. That is right, 3 systems layered on top of each other. Like wearing 3 coats in the winter. Is it overkill you ask? Maybe, but there cannot be failures. A warranty call for an exterior waterproofing project cost a LOT of time, money and is disruptive to the homeowner. We never want you to need an exterior system replaced. It is a very bad deal for you and us.