Maine Waterproofing Services

Concrete Foundation Waterproofing Installed Near Bangor Maine

Bangor Maine Foundation WaterproofingHere is a below grade waterproofing job that we did near Bangor, Maine.  We installed the spray on waterproofing barrier directly to the concrete.  Then over that we applied a drainage protection board.  This will help with water drainage around the foundation a long with providing R-value to the exterior wall.

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Portland, Maine Insulation Spray Foam

This is a picture of a spray foam insulation job we recently did in the Portland Maine Area.  We sprayed closed cell foam in the wall cavities and on the ceiling.  This room is being used for indoor agriculture which produces a fairly humid environment.  Therefore, applying a vapor barrier product like out closed cell spray foam its a great choice.  It helps to contain the moisture in a way that it can be transported out of the heated space via the duct work in the wall system.

Installing Insulation in Portland Maine
Installing Insulation in Portland Maine

 

Maine Waterproofing Services

Maine Waterproofing and Air Barrier Contractor

We Now offer a full line of above grade and below grade waterproofing products in our Maine building market.

  • Below Grade spray applied water proofing membranes
  • Above Grade spray applied Air Barriers
  • Above Grade Spray applied Vapor Barriers
  • Rigid Board installation for above grade and below grade applications

 

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Maine Spray Water Proofing

In construction, a building or structure is waterproofed with the use of membranes and coatings to protect contents as well as protecting structural integrity. The waterproofing of thebuilding envelope in construction specifications is listed under “07 – Thermal and Moisture Protection” within MasterFormat 2004, by the Construction Specifications Institute, and includes roofing material as well as waterproofing materials[citation needed].

In building construction, waterproofing is a fundamental aspect of creating a building envelope, which is a controlled environment. The roof covering materials, siding, foundations, and all of the various penetrations through these surfaces need to be water-resistant and sometimes waterproof. Roofing materials are generally designed to be water-resistant and shed water from a sloping roof, but in some conditions, such as ice damming and on flat roofs, the roofing must be waterproof. Many types of waterproof membrane systems are available, including felt paper or tar paper with asphalt or tar to make a built-up roof, other bituminous waterproofing, EPDM rubber, hypalon,polyvinyl chloride, liquid roofing, and more.

Walls are not subjected to standing water, and the water-resistant membranes used as housewraps are designed to be breathable to let moisture escape. Walls also have vapour barriers or air barriers. Damp proofing is another aspect of waterproofing. Masonry walls are built with a damp-proof course to prevent rising damp, and the concrete in foundations needs to be damp-proofed or waterproofed with a liquid coating, basement waterproofingmembrane (even under the concrete slab floor where polyethylene sheeting is commonly used), or an additive to the concrete. A potential problem in earth sheltered houses is too much humidity, so waterproofing is critical in these houses. Water seepage can lead to mould growth causing significant damage and air quality issues. Properly waterproofing foundation walls is required to prevent deterioration and seepage.

The penetrations through a building envelope need to be built in a way such that water does not enter the building, such as using flashing and special fittings for pipes, vents, wires, etc. Some caulkings are durable, but many are not a reliable method of waterproofing.

Also, many types of geomembranes are available to control water, gases, or pollution.

Over the past two decades, the construction industry has had technological advances in waterproofing materials, including integral waterproofing systems as well as more advanced membrane materials. Integral systems such as hycrete work within the matrix of a concrete structure, giving the concrete itself a waterproof quality. There are two main types of integral waterproofing systems: the hydrophilic and the hydrophobic systems. A hydrophilic system typically uses a crystallisation technology that replaces the water in the concrete with insoluble crystals. Various brands available in the market claim similar properties, but not all can react with a wide range of cement hydration by-products and thus require caution. Hydrophobic systems use fatty acids to block pores within the concrete, preventing water passage.

Sometimes the same materials to keep water out of buildings are used to keep water in, such as pond or pool liners.

New membrane materials seek to overcome shortcomings in older methods like PVC and HDPE. Generally, new technology in waterproof membranes relies on polymer-based materials that are extremely adhesive to create a seamless barrier around the outside of a structure.

Waterproofing should not be confused with roofing since roofing cannot necessarily withstand hydrostatic head while waterproofing can.

The standards for waterproofing bathrooms in domestic construction have improved over the years, due in large part to the general tightening of building codes.

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Spray Foam Insulation In Brunswick Maine

Installing Closed Cell Spray Foam In Brunswick, Maine
Installing Closed Cell Spray Foam In Brunswick, Maine
Spraying the underside of a roof deck on a commercial building
Spraying the underside of a roof deck on a commercial building

 

This was an interesting application where we sprayed an existing boat house.  Originally there was only fiberglass insulation in this building.  For building of this size that needs to be heated, the fiberglass was just not cutting it.  The fiberglass was removed and replaced with our Icynene Proseal which has an R-value of 7.1 per inch.

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Insulating School on Vinalhaven, Maine

This school was having some major heat loss problems as well as ice damming.  The cause was coming from poorly installed fiber glass insulation in the attic.  The fiberglass was loosely placed on the attic floor.  Whoever installed it tried to isolate the mechanicals by building a shell with fiberglass insulation.  The problem is that fiberglass is not an air barrier.  The warm moist air was escaping through the insulation and warming the underside of the roof deck which was creating ice dams.  Also, the cold air from the attic was penetrating the fiberglass which cooled the heating ducts, thus making them less efficient.

Our solution was to spray the roof deck and bring the attic area into conditioned space.  This allows the mechanicals to run in a conditioned environment, which improves efficiency.  Also, the foam established an air barrier.  This helps keep the warm air from escaping out through the roof deck.  Thus, helping with the ice dam problems.

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Fiberglass Insulation Removal in Maine

Spray Foam Insulation Contractor Bangor, Maine

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Spray Foam Insulating Sail Boats In Midcoast Maine

This customer was building a boat that was going to be used in both cold weather and warm weather sailing.  They were concerned both with staying warm in the winter weather and cool in the summer months.  Also, they were concerned about condensation.  We applied water blown closed cell spray foam to the interior.  This helped with all three concerns.  We left the bilge areas out because of standing water but everything else was insulated.  This is a great option for someone who is retrofitting a boat or building a new boat.  We can travel to any boat yard in the state of Maine/NH area.  We can spray sailboats, fishing vessels, house boats, and recreational water craft.

Steel Hull Boat being built in Albion Maine. Will be doing both warm and cold weather sailing.
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Locking Aft underneath the cockpit
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Spraying Foam Insulation in a Boothbay, Maine

Before Spraying
Before Spraying
After Spraying
After Spraying
Spraying Around the Attic Hatchway
Spraying Around the Attic Hatchway

This a very common job for us.  People like to build garages with an apartment above.  Using our foam is a great way to provide a good thermal envelope around the whole building.  Most importantly, it creates a barrier between the apartment above and the garage below.  It keeps the cold out of the apartment when the garage door is opened.  It dampens the sound from door openers and cars starting.  It helps creates an air barrier that will not allow fumes to penetrate into the living space above.  Foam is a very good product this application when installed properly.  This job was done in the Boothbay region of Maine.

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Installing Spray Foam In Rockland Maine

Spraying Foam Near Rockland, Maine
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IMG_0327 Insulation Used Near Rockland Maine

Installing Spray Foam near Rockland, Maine.  This job was done in February when it was at least 10 below outside. You can see the sea smoke coming off the water.  This is us waiting in line to take the ferry to Islesboro.  It was an extremely cold weather application.  We used Open Cell on this job.  Our application temp for that product is very low so we were able to spray.  We would not have been able to do this job if  we had to use our closed cell product products.  By the time we finished, the carpenters were heating the house with a small wood stove burning scrap wood.

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Spray Foam Insulation In Ellsworth, Maine

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Here is a job we did down near the Ellsworth area.  This person had a very efficiently build house on a lake.  The lake was extremely windy.  Adding the air barrier material was essential in creating a comfortable living and heating environment.  We used Icynene Classic Plus.  We catherdralized the roof deck so they could use the whole interior as living space.  We also sprayed the daylight basement.

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Installing Spray Foam Insulation in Bangor Maine

Spray Foam Insulation Bangor Maine
Installing Spray Foam Insulation In Bangor Maine
Historical Building In Bangor Maine
Spray Foam Insulation to the roof deck

 

Here is a job we did near Bangor Maine. This was one of the oldest historical commercial buildings in the state.  Needless to say there was no insulation what so ever.  This was a huge improvement on their energy consumption.  We used the new Icynene Classic Plus.  This our favorite product so far.  It has a higher R-value but still has the aggressive expansion of the open cell.