Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Why should I insulate the exterior of my foundation walls?

Exterior foundation insulation will reduce your utility costs. See the Exterior Foundation Energy Savings page of our website for more information.

Polystyrene (Foam) is designed for below grade applications, it will not deteriorate, compress or absorb water and retains its R- Factor for the life of the home.

During the backfill process, Insulation boards protect the waterproofing from damage from rocks, frozen dirt, etc.

Exterior insulation helps reduce stress on the foundation caused by freeze thaw cycles.

Your basement is the least expensive square footage in your new home. A dry, insulated and warranted foundation adds considerable usable square footage and value to your new home

Q: What is the advantage of using a drainage board system?

Insulation – Drainage boards provide all the advantages of insulation boards along with the capability to drain ground water to your footer tile system reducing water pressure around the foundation.

These Insulated – Drainage boards are especially useful on extra deep foundations and foundations that are subject to high water tables.

We have designed systems for customers that have sports courts in the basement. Some of these foundations are 20 feet deep.

Q: What is the simple payback for R-5 and R-10 foundation insulation?

The simple payback can be as little as 5 years. See our Exterior Foundation Insulation page of our website.

Q: What is the difference between Damproofing and Waterproofing?

Most residential codes require foundations to be Damproofed. Waterproofing materials are designed to withstand water pressure and have more tensile strength helping them span cracks.

Q: Why is your “done in 24 hours” policy important?

For more than 40 years we have serviced foundation within 24 hours of when they are ready for waterproofing weather permitting. The reason is simple: Time and money! We understand the building process can’t continue until we are done and the inspections are made.

A lot can happen while you are waiting 2 – 3 days for the walls to be sealed. Rain, snow, cave in’s, etc.

Poured Walls: “Done in 24 Hours” means if your foundation contractor is finished stripping your poured wall at noon today and you call us before 8am. We will have that foundation done before noon tomorrow weather permitting.

Block Foundations: “Done in 24 Hours” means if your masons are done laying block today and you call us today we will service your foundation tomorrow.

Q: If my foundation is being built on shale why do I need it sealed?

Certain types of shale will continually expand when they are exposed to air.

If this shale is not properly sealed within 24 hours of exposure, the continued expansion will heave floors and crack foundation walls causing extensive damage.

We have seen on residential and commercial foundations extensive damage caused by expanding shale.

Q: Why are crack injection systems better than other types of repairs?

Some companies that dig up foundations for a living want to do exactly that. This process is expensive and quite messy.

The crack injection systems we use do not require us to dig up the exterior of your foundation. All the work is done from the inside.

Why dig up the exterior of an entire wall or foundation when the only issues you have is the location of the crack?Q: Why is your “done in 24 hours” policy important?

For more than 40 years we have serviced foundation within 24 hours of when they are ready for waterproofing weather permitting. The reason is simple: Time and money! We understand the building process can’t continue until we are done and the inspections are made.

A lot can happen while you are waiting 2 – 3 days for the walls to be sealed. Rain, snow, cave in’s, etc.

Poured Walls: “Done in 24 Hours” means if your foundation contractor is finished stripping your poured wall at noon today and you call us before 8am. We will have that foundation done before noon tomorrow weather permitting.

Block Foundations: “Done in 24 Hours” means if your masons are done laying block today and you call us today we will service your foundation tomorrow.

Q: Why is insulating the interior walls only a bad idea?

When you insulate only on the inside the cold ground temperature (56 Deg) transfers thru the wall causing condensation in your interior fiberglass insulation. This condensation is a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

When you insulate on the exterior the insulation thermal brake is on the exterior keeping the cold ground temperature out of you home.

You can insulate on the exterior only, the exterior and the interior. We do not recommend insulating on the interior only.

It has been our experience that fiberglass based insulation often collects moisture in basement applications. We recommend and install several types of rigid insulation for this application.

Q: Will insulating my insulation eliminate the need for a dehumidifier?

It is always good practice to use a dehumidifier during the high humidity months especially if you are not air conditioning your basement.

Q: What is an Air Barrier and why do I need one?

Air barriers control the amount of Air and Moisture that travel thru the walls of your house.

Typically, these have been “house wraps” The paper you see blowing in the wind during construction. We install a Liquid membrane on your building prior to the exterior facade being installed.

These high tech liquid membranes control the amount of Air and moisture traveling thru your walls saving you money on utility bills.

These systems are also self-sealing. That means when your siding contractor nails up the siding the Air Barrier seals the nails keeping out water and air.

These systems are also designed to let your building “breath”. They allow a controlled amount of moisture out while significantly reducing the amount of air in.

After the Air Barrier and windows are installed your building is water tight allowing contractors time to install the exterior facade without worry of water damage to the structure that typically occurs during construction.