Waterproofing is essential for any structure in an area that experiences high levels of moisture. It can protect masonry, concrete, and block walls from damage and reduce energy costs. Masonry provides a full range of masonry waterproofing services.
Protection from the Elements
Over time, water and moisture create pores in masonry, increasing the chances of hairline cracks or mortar deterioration. Excessive moisture penetration also leads to mold and mildew growth. Masonry waterproofing can help to prevent these problems. Protecting your masonry from the elements can keep your brick and stone buildings looking their best year-round. Several types of products can protect your masonry from the elements. These include penetrants, surface treatments, and integral water repellents. Penetrating sealers like silanes, siloxanes, and silicones coat the masonry’s pores. They adhere by forming a chemical bond with the substrate. Precise treatments, such as acrylics, include a continuous surface over the masonry, bridging microscopic cracks and voids in the block and mortar. Integral water repellents are incorporated into the concrete mix and mortar at the block plant so that each masonry unit is treated throughout its life. They can also be applied at the job site.
Elimination of Moisture Penetration
When masonry walls are not properly waterproofed, water can penetrate them easily. This can result in moisture damage, such as hairline cracks and deterioration of mortar joints. Penetrating silane-siloxane sealers are ideal for this application because they don’t block pores and allow the masonry to breathe. These breathable sealers also prevent UV degradation and are resistant to VOCs. Moisture penetration is a common problem in many homes and buildings. Several factors, such as rain and groundwater, spalling bricks, and faulty pointing, can cause it.
Prevents Mold and Mildew Growth
Mold and mildew grow on organic materials that provide food (wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpets, fabric, and insulation). They reproduce through tiny spores that travel through the air; mold colonies can take root on a damp surface in 24 to 48 hours. Mold can cause severe problems in your home. It’s challenging to eradicate and can produce allergens and irritants that may compromise your health. The most effective way to prevent mold is to keep your home dry. Repair leaks promptly, dry wet areas, and ventilate rooms exposed to moisture. The most common risk factors for mold growth are moisture, dirt, and organic materials that provide food for the fungus. You can control the humidity in your home by keeping your basement dry, checking gutters and drains for leaks, and keeping bathrooms well-ventilated.
Water-based deterioration is one of the most common problems with masonry. When it isn’t addressed early, bricks can crack, chip, crumble, and even spell (chunks of brick fall out). However, water-based deterioration isn’t the only damage caused by water exposure. Other damage includes discoloration, mold and mildew growth, and rusting. This damage is mainly from absorbed moisture, which weakens the masonry and reduces its strength. This is especially true for concrete and masonry walls, which absorb much water during storms or in dry weather. Fortunately, there are products available that can prevent the masonry from deteriorating. These are commonly referred to as masonry waterproofing solutions.