If you’re looking for a quality basement waterproofer, you have quite the task ahead of you. Basement waterproofing should be a straight-forward process, but unfortunately, it’s not. There are a lot of waterproofers on the market, but not all are made equal. Liners and coatings litter your local home improvement store, but none are as durable and versatile as SANI-TRED®. In this post, let’s explore the SANI-TRED® process. We have given you a step by step, “how to waterproof a basement” guide that will insure your success.
You love your boat. And who could blame you? If you own a boat, you know there’s nothing quite like taking it out on a lazy Saturday and enjoying the scenery on a calm lake. There are few things in life as relaxing and enjoyable as a nice, serene boat ride.
But what if your boat has seen better days?
You know what I mean; a rough-looking deck or worse, a leak. When your boat looks bad or isn’t ready to go out on the water, your free time suffers. So you need to fix your boat.
When you look around, you’ll notice a lot of boat deck coatings to choose from. All of them say they can repair and coat your boat. The good news is many of them can.
You love your air conditioner. They keep the air cool and comfortable in times where the outside isn’t as forgiving. So obviously, you’ll want to keep your air conditioner in good working order. But unfortunately, air conditioners have problem like any other part of your home. So we’ve compiled a collection of 10 common air conditioner problems and how you can avoid them to keep your home cool.
Problem: Poor Maintenance
No one likes spending money on maintenance, but you need to occasionally hire a professional service to maintain and inspect your air conditioning unit. Making sure your AC is in proper working order will keep the unit running longer.
A leaking gutter is a common household problem that can cause a surprising amount of damage. Let alone the physical damage to the gutters themselves, but the potential water damage to your home is also a serious threat. Rain water that isn’t diverted away from the house with gutters and downspouts can cause serious damage to your house and even flood your basement or seep into your foundation. To avoid these problems for you and your home, it’s best to keep your gutters free of leaks and operational. For those reasons, here are some guidelines on how to fix a leaking gutter.
How to Repair Downspouts for Metal Gutters
What You’ll Need: Wire brush, SANI-TRED® PermaFlex™, LRB (Liquid Rubber Base), TAV™ (Thickening Activator)
Bathrooms are an important part of any home, but they come with their own challenges. Bathrooms deal with more water and moisture than any other part of your home. A bathroom that is properly protected and waterproofed can deal with any water related issues that may come up, but you need to make sure you know what could go wrong before it does go wrong. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of common maintenance tips for your bathroom.
First, it’s a good idea to monitor every issue in this list on a regular basis so you can fix any issues as soon as they show up. This will help you keep your bathroom clean, safe, and looking great. (more…)
To understand how to be successful at indoor basement waterproofing, we need to start with a little history on coating and engineering basics. A liquid applied indoor coating for wine cellars, rock tunnels or basement waterproofing that is both permanent and provides a reliable waterproof and vapor-proof seal has been a dream of designers, architects and builders for thousands of years and is commonly referred to in the trades as “tanking”.
Successful tanking is such a demanding job to do successfully and dependably that in professional circles most designers, engineers and architects assume and are trained to believe it to be an impossible task for any coating. The reason for this is that before the invention of SANI-TRED, there was no other materials in the world that have ever been produced that has even been close to having the minimum required qualities to handle the special obstacles that face a coating that is used for tanking.
Virtually all other coating or sealing products that are being marketed and sold deceptively to the unsuspecting public for indoor basement waterproofing are not capable of performing this difficult task on their best day.
Bare Minimum Qualities for Successful Indoor Tanking
- Must be completely waterproof not just water resistant.
- Must be capable of retaining great amounts of negative hydrostatic pressure and moisture vapor drive forces.
- Must be strong enough to be applied to concrete floors and withstand heavy traffic.
- Must remain permanently flexible without hardening.
- Must weld to itself new to old without rejection.
- Must be low-odor or odor-free, or solvent- free for indoor use.
- Must be non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-flammable.
- Must have excellent adhesive qualities.
- Must have viscosity control to seal large cracks and joints.
- Must be permanent not just a temporary maintenance product like paint or caulk.
Reasons for Tanking Failure
The most important reason for tanking failure that has barred all other coatings is the inability to retain normally insurmountable natural forces of underground water pressure that can penetrate basement walls/floors.
Moisture vapor creates a build-up of pressure under a coating, causing blisters or delamination when this high pressure humidity seeps through concrete floors (moisture vapor drive). Some moisture vapor drive in deep underground basement floor surfaces has been measured at 30psi or more! That’s almost the same amount of pressure in your car tires underneath the coating trying to push it off of the concrete.
Another important force that has prevented successful tanking is foundation settling and crack forming caused by settling. To survive this great force, any sealing product that is used for tanking must produce an extremely strong adhesive bond to the concrete.
Next it must provide the viscosity thickness to fill and seal wide cracks and seams in concrete surfaces and maintain permanent flexibility.
It takes a very special set of circumstances just to start to be successful at indoor basement waterproofing (and we’re not finished with what it REALLY takes to be successful at this most demanding and difficult task for any coating or sealing material).
Another fact that has prevented successful tanking is that no matter how perfect one tries to apply a uniform liquid applied coating, the person doing the application may miss a spot or two and leave minor imperfections in one or more applications.
This brings us to a rarely known fact
All other coatings, sealers etc. in the world, form distinct separations between applications or coating layers called “cold joints”. These cold joints vary in degree from a minor weakness between coats to complete rejection and immediate separation or “pealing” between multiple coat layers.
SANI-TRED is the only liquid applied coating of any kind that molecularly bonds to itself old to new at any age or stage of cure. This extremely important unique quality allows SANI-TRED to be applied in an extremely simple and efficient, system of liquid smooth wall coatings along with paste-like joint sealing materials that all cures as one solid unified and permanently bonded rubber liner to all concrete surfaces.
Amazing breakthrough in chemical science
The cured strength, penetration capabilities, permanent cured flexibility, adhesive strength as well as other unique qualities allows SANI-TRED products to easily do normally impossible tasks. SANI-TRED can do these things and have cured properties that are many times stronger or better than required minimums to perform the task
This is what makes SANI-TRED “fool-proof” and why it’s considered easy to use. Even if an amateur makes mistakes during a do-it-yourself application and does not install the products correctly, SANI-TRED is forgiving due to its overkill qualities.
Waterproofing elevator pits is just one of the many uses for our products. Take this recent project for example from Carlos Touzan of TG Oil Service done in Miami, Florida.
This pit had not just inches – but over a foot of water in there on a regular basis. Water was flowing up past the pit light fixtures causing problems and water was reaching close to the piston packing. Apparently water and electricity don’t mix well 😉
Carlos stressed the following points to the building supervisor:
- Once water reaches the packing it will cause damage and start corrosion on the piston. If the piston gets rust it will cause the packing to leak and the elevator will be unsafe for use.
- The elevator service provider may decline to perform any repairs because of the existing unsafe conditions which will result in elevator downtime.
- Water and oil accumulation will cause bad odor and over time, it could potentially become hazards.
- The amount of water currently in the pit could easily cause damage to the traveling cable causing expensive repairs and long periods of downtime as well.