What is the Best Basement Wall Sealer?

The best basement wall sealer will effectively stop moisture infiltration through a concrete foundation to prevent the growth of structurally damaging and unhealthy mold, along with corrosion.

The American Society of Home Inspectors reports moisture in 60 percent of U.S. houses, with 38 percent running the risk of basement mold. Moreover, water intrusion causes 70 percent of construction litigation. However, contractors and homeowners can minimize these problems by sufficiently sealing their basement walls.

How Moisture Infiltrates Concrete

Concrete contains many tiny pores, capillary tracts, and hairline cracks that will absorb water if not treated with a quality waterproofing concrete sealer. Unfortunately, the moisture can soak into carpets and finished walls, and damage all the contents of a home. In addition, concrete basement foundations run a high risk of flooding, mildew and mold growth, corrosion, and dangerous radon gas passage.

Fortunately, PolyWall®’s basement sealing solutions (a division of Polyguard) provides superior basement sealer products that protect against air and moisture infiltrations, to significantly contribute to a home’s long-term durability, health, and safety.

In addition to a basement wall sealer, you can safeguard your foundation against water infiltration by:

  • Pointing downspouts away from your home’s base
  • Removing debris from your gutters to allow for proper drainage
  • Digging a trench away from the foundation
  • Installing a French drain (a ditch in the ground, inset with a layer of gravel or perforated pipe)
  • Avoid compromising the waterproofing system by instructing workers not to walk across exposed membranes on footing, decks, or other horizontal surfaces

How to Seal a Basement Wall

You can limit, if not prevent, basement water intrusion by waterproofing basement walls.

Protecting your home from below-grade moisture intrusion involves identifying and addressing water transport mechanisms through the basement wall and correctly applying an adequate sealer. Before applying waterproofing to the wall, always clean the wall, then seal around joints and patch imperfections in the walls with a quality product like PolyWall Blue Barrier Joint Filler 2200.

Best Basement Wall Sealer

The best basement sealer protects the basement from soil and liquid moisture. To maximize protection:

  1. Apply water sealing systems to all basement walls with usable space on one side (including crawl spaces) and earth on the other.
  2. Extend waterproofing a minimum of 12 inches onto intersecting walls for more effectiveness.
  3. For highly wet sites, continue the waterproofing on other walls since water may move through the keyway, along the footing, and into occupied spaces.

Tips for Sealing Walls

  • Clean the surface of the basement wall and footing to create a reasonably smooth surface free of loose materials.
  • Fill holes and cracks with a non-shrink grout or patching cement since waterproofing materials do not cover large voids.
  • Before applying the concrete wall waterproofing sealant or membrane, check the manufacturer’s instructions for temperature limitations.
  • Only apply membranes on completely cured concrete since water vapor escaping from the concrete can stop the waterproofing material from bonding.
  • Once applied, the waterproofing system requires insulation or a drainage mat to protect it during backfill.

Tips for Sealing Old Basement Walls

The best basement waterproofing sealer will remediate and prevent water absorption through an old basement wall. Choosing a suitable basement wall sealer for old construction depends on the leak’s origin: is it a vertical or horizontal crack, or is the leak coming from an expansion joint or seam? Before applying waterproofing to the wall, clean the wall (including removing paint) and patch the cracks and voids with a quality product like PolyWall Blue Barrier Joint Filler 2200.

Tips for Sealing Old Basement Walls

After patching the cracks, determine the amount of moisture in the concrete wall by performing a Calcium Chloride Test to determine a concrete slab’s moisture vapor emission rate (MVER).

  • You can use a quality penetrating concrete sealer for foundations with a moisture content of less than 4 percent based on a concrete moisture meter.
  • You will need a moisture vapor barrier for a foundation with a moisture content greater than 3 pounds but less than 20 pounds per 1,000 ft2 per 24 hours per ASTM F1869.

You can hire a professional basement sealing company to assess your foundation’s damage, then repair and seal. However, you can also easily apply an industrial-grade waterproofing sealer, like those offered by Poly Wall® Building Solutions, which can save a tremendous amount of money.

Poly Wall® Basement Waterproofing Systems

Poly Wall® Building Solutions offer the best basement wall sealer solutions to protect against air and moisture infiltration, tremendously contributing to a home’s long-term integrity, health, and safety.

Poly Wall® offers two types of basement wall sealer solutions: liquid and membrane:

Home Stretch™ Liquid Waterproofing

The design and engineering of Poly Wall® Home Stretch™ Liquid Waterproofing allows its use only on vertical foundation surfaces exposed to hydrostatic pressure, like below-grade CMU, poured concrete, and precast concrete.

Poly Wall® Basement Waterproofing Systems

For complete basement wall waterproofing, Poly Wall® advises using Home Stretch™ Liquid Waterproofing with Arroyo™ End Outlet Channel System, Blue Barrier™ Joint Filler 2200, Arroyo™ Drain Board, Arroyo™ Outlet Channel, and Arroyo™ Tee Outlet.

Home Stretch™ ICF Waterproofing Membrane

Poly Wall® engineered and designed Home Stretch™ ICF Waterproofing Membraness specifically for ICF walls (insulated concrete form). However, you can apply it to poured concrete and CMUs (concrete masonry units) foundation walls.

Home Stretch™ ICF Waterproofing Membrane

Easy to handle and install, Home Stretch™ ICF Waterproofing contains a 40 mils thick, self-adhering sheet waterproofing membrane made of a flexible, high-density solid polyethylene (HDPE) facing that is bonded to a rubberized asphalt waterproofing compound.

Poly Wall® advises using Home Stretch™ in combination with their Blue Barrier™ Joint Filler 2200, Detail Tape, and Water Based Liquid Adhesive to maximize the waterproofing system’s effectiveness Arroyo™ Outlet Channel, Liquid Waterproofing, Arroyo™ Drain Board​​, and Quick Grip.

The Best Basement Wall Sealers – Poly Wall® Waterproofing Barrier Systems

Applying Poly Wall®’s below-grade waterproofing systems to basements with usable space on one side (including crawl spaces) and earth on the other side can significantly minimize structurally damaging and unhealthy moisture-related problems. Protecting your house from moisture intrusion down to its basement will help maintain the home’s integrity, reduce maintenance and repairs, and create a healthy environment.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Poly Wall® professionals today for more on how to seal basement walls.

Polyguard Records 25th Consecutive Year of Sales Growth

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products Inc. announced this week that 2017 marked its 25th consecutive year of top line sales growth for the company.

“This streak rivals any that I know in the business world,” President Shawn Eastham said. “This is a credit to our diversity, the quality of our manufacturing practices and, most importantly, the employee owners who take so much pride in the work they do every day.”

Polyguard’s streak began in 1992 and has withstood the financial ups and downs of the various markets Polyguard serves, including several nationwide recessions. The leadership in place at Polyguard credits this to several factors that make Polyguard a unique company, highlighted in the company tagline: Employee Owned. Innovation Based. Expect More.

“Employee owners, historically, take a greater sense of pride in what they do, more responsibility for the overall health of the company, and there’s a system of checks and balances that keeps everyone working for the good of the entire company,” CEO John Muncaster, who has been the head of the company since the mid-1980s.

As a result of these increased sales, Polyguard more than doubled its manufacturing capabilities by moving the majority of its manufacturing facility to Corsicana, Texas to keep up with demand.

Founded in 1953, Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. Polyguard is an industry leader in the production of self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tre Bischof at 214-515-5000 or email at Tbischof@polyguardproducts.com.

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Polyguard Records 24th Consecutive Year of Sales Growth

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products Inc. announced that 2016 will mark its 24th consecutive year of top line sales growth for the company.

“Polyguard’s 24-year string of top line sales growth increases was certainly not a goal,” CEO John Muncaster said. “It started in 1992, and at that point Polyguard was just trying to survive the early 1990s recession and the fire which has destroyed our plant, lab, and offices two years before.”

“We don’t know of any firm who can match this 24-year string of consecutive sales growth. As to ‘why’, the answer is clear to us. Polyguard’s tagline is ‘innovation based…. employee owned…. expect more’. Our constant stream of innovative products, and our ‘above and beyond’ employee owners, are the reasons for the constant growth.”

Muncaster said Polyguard is looking forward to hitting a landmark by increasing sales yet again in 2017.

“A string of increases in sales growth may not have been a Polyguard goal in 1992, but it is a goal in 2017, because a 2017 increase will give us a full quarter century of consecutive sales growth.”

Founded in 1953, Polyguard Products specializes in products which protect surfaces and structures from moisture, water, or other undesired substances. Polyguard is an industry leader in the production of self-adhesive protective coatings for engineering and construction. [Read More…]

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Polyguard® Introduces Poly Wall® Brand to Market

PolyWall LogoMay 16, 2016 ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. has announced the introduction of Poly Wall® Building Solutions to the Lumber and Building Materials market and the launching of its new website www.poly-wall.com.

“We are excited to bring over 60 years of high-quality manufacturing of protective coatings to this channel,” Poly Wall Business Development Manager Dan Thomas said. “We stand behind our brand promise – Air and Moisture Stop Here – and look forward to bringing an expanded line of products to market this spring.”

Poly Wall’s brand launch includes a full line of four product families
• Traditional Window Flashing tapes – including options for cold-weather and UV exposed applications.
• Innovative fluid-applied technology for window and door flashings – Blue Barrier 2400.
• Innovative fluid-applied house wrapping technology – Blue Barrier 2300.
• And both a below grade sheet membrane and fluid-applied waterproofing system.
“Our Blue Barrier line of fluid-applied Blue Barrier products includes new technology that will change the way building protection is applied,” Thomas said. “These products are simple to install, to get contractors on and off the job site quickly with no call backs, and to provide years of building envelope performance.” [Read more...]

Polyguard Launches New Website

Polyguard OfficeJune 28, 2015 ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products, Inc. CEO John Muncaster announced this week the launch of a new, redesigned website for the company.

The address for the site remains www.polyguardproducts.com and the new site provides a modern look along with a mobile‐friendly version that’s also user‐friendly.

“Polyguard has grown significantly in recent years and we felt we needed to upgrade our website in a manner that would reflect that growth,” Muncaster said. “This new site has a traditional look to it that we feel represents our company very well. The website platform also allows for continuous
improvement of its features.”

Polyguard’s website upgrade follows an upgrade of its Architectural Division website made in late 2014.
The most recent upgrade also includes a redesign of Polyguard’s Pipeline Division.

Features of the new site include product pages, with easy‐to‐find documents about each product on
those pages, a more powerful search feature, as well as links to Polyguard’s social media sites. In the
near future, Polyguard will upgrade its Mechanical Division, International Division, TERM Barrier Division
and Residential Division pages. [Read More]

April 15, 2015 – New Hire: Dan Thomas – Business Development Mgr.

Dan ThomasApril 15, 2015
New Hire: Dan Thomas – Business Development Manager

Dan comes to Polyguard with over 30 years of experience in the building materials business including the insulation, gypsum, ceiling tile and roofing membrane industries. Most recently, he held a similar position with Genflex Roofing Systems, a division of Firestone Building Products. In addition, Dan created and operated his own Independent Sales Agency Firm as well as served as Vice President of National Accounts for Celotex Corporation. Read More…

Dec. 11, 2014 – Polyguard Window Seal Passes AAMA Standards

 Window SealDecember 11, 2014
Press Release: “Polyguard Window Sealant Passes AAMA Standards

ENNIS, TX – Polyguard Products’ Window Seal Flashing Tape recently passed the testing standards set by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and is now included on the AAMA Verified Components list, becoming one of three products in the market to attain this achievement. [