A common issue in buildings is water infiltration and deterioration of structural components below ground. Problems below the ground aren’t easily spotted in the early stages. The building’s foundation plays a vital part in maintaining structural integrity and expanding longevity.
Damage to the foundation should be repaired quickly. Trying to control any moisture that Oklahoma weather throws at you is difficult, but luckily, there’s a lot you can do to prevent potential damage.
Water infiltration below the ground
A large amount of water under or around your building is typically caused by poor drainage, inadequate guttering, or an abnormally high water table. If these issues are unresolved, it can cause severe stress and destruction to your building.
As moisture migrates, it is under extreme hydrostatic pressure. When groundwater is under pressure, it is injected into small cracks and seams that have developed after years of stress. This causes more wear, which leads to more weakness and damage.
Below-grade waterproofing consists of applying membranes and coatings below ground level that comes into contact with the building. It helps keep the underground portion of the structure functioning properly.
Unseen components in structures often have the greatest impact on the building’s performance and lifespan. Failure to recognize that below-ground levels are vital can lead to significant issues. If below-grade waterproofing is not installed or installed correctly, it can negatively impact the building’s life and performance.
Repairs due to water infiltration can be expensive, primarily when found below ground. If you want to avoid any costly repairs in the future, consider focusing on up-front mitigation of moisture in the foundation of the building.
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