What Are Waterproof Membranes In Commercial Facilities?

Waterproofing may not be the most glamorous of facility maintenance tasks, but at MaintenX we take it very seriously. This simple step in your preventative maintenance plan can save you many hundreds of dollars and headaches in the future. By investing in waterproofing services, you prevent mold, rust, and other water damages from eating up your emergency maintenance budget. One of our high-recommended waterproofing solutions is waterproof membranes. 

Waterproof membranes are typically laid in pre-formed sheets onto the foundation of the roof. This installation method ensures maximum protection of your facility from water damage. Some waterproof membranes are applied in a liquid form to the surface of the roof, which is ideal for older construction. Waterproof membranes can be used for roofing, interior and exterior structures, and foundations. 

There are several types of waterproof membranes designed for different functions, including:

Foundation waterproofing – Waterproofing your foundation is elemental to maintaining a structurally sound facility. Water can seep from under the foundation and cause damage, which is why waterproofing both the interior and exterior of the foundation is essential. Both liquid-applied and sheet membranes are used for foundational waterproofing. 

Roof waterproofing – Commercial roofing is put under exorbitant amounts of pressure. In addition to the large scale of commercial roofing, leaks are much more disastrous at commercial facilities. While some roofing materials such as concrete are water-resistant, the best prevention is to apply a liquid-based membrane. 

Retaining walls – Retaining walls should be given equal consideration when it comes to waterproofing services. They help you to maximize space, but are put under great pressure and therefore must be protected from leaks and cracks. Liquid-applied membranes are most common for retaining walls. 

Studies show that nearly 80% of facility defects are caused by water leaks and damage. Mold, mildew, and rust can ruin the foundation and interiors of your building in a matter of weeks. Don’t let your facility become one of the 80% — invest in waterproofing options that meet both your needs and budget. 

Waterproof membranes will save your facility from significant damage if applied early. If you wait until signs of water damage occur, it may be too late. Talk to your maintenance team at MaintenX to learn about your different waterproofing options and services. We are excited to serve you and help you prepare your facility for a better future.