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The Differences Between Damp-Proofing Vs. Waterproofing Your Basement

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When you hear the terms “damp-proofing” and “waterproofing” regarding your home’s basement and foundation, is there a difference? What do these terms mean?

There are differences – and the differences are significant if you want to keep water out of your basement.

Foundation damp-proofing is generally done during the construction phase to meet minimal building code standards. Damp-proofing makes use of a moisture-resistant material consisting of hot liquid asphalt and rubber coating with an insulating panel. The problem is that although damp-proofing is moisture resistant, it is not complete protection from water. Damp-proofing is only applied internally and water can still pass through the foundation externally.

Foundation waterproofing, on the other hand, will stop water seepage caused by hydrostatic pressure – which is the rising and falling of ground water under the concrete, making water penetrate the basement slab. Foundation waterproofing systems are applied externally so that water is prevented from penetrating through the foundation.

If you’re not sure whether your home or business property has been damp-proofed or properly waterproofed, it’s something that should be addressed sooner than later. You also need to protect yourself against unskilled contractors that don’t have the expertise to do this kind of work.

RCC Waterproofing = is the most recommended waterproofing basement contractor in our territory for repairing wet basements, damp basements, foundation cracks, and basement leaks. Our services and expertise are second to none. We have repaired and waterproofed over 80,000 Toronto and surrounding area foundations. We will provide a written estimate prior to proceeding with any work. We give you the guaranteed lowest price in Toronto for waterproofing and foundation repair – and, we stand behind our work with a 20-year service guarantee! RCC Waterproofing has been in business since 1920 and is Toronto’s oldest and largest waterproofing company.

RCC Waterproofing specializes in stopping and preventing water damage. We provide services that include waterproofing outside, waterproofing inside, waterproofing cracks, and basement lowering.

Call RCC Waterproofing today for a free estimate at 1-888-766-2071 or send us your information through our contact page. RCC Waterproofing has locations in Toronto, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Oshawa, and everywhere in between! Read more at


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