Masonry and the Importance of Waterproofing

At BM International, our team of masonry professionals specialize in waterproofing solutions for your home, business or property. We have been providing our customers with superior quality masonry, repair and restoration services for well over a decade. In this time, we have gained extensive knowledge in prevention of water damage, and the protection of masonry properties. Our comprehensive understanding of Chicago infrastructure, weather patterns, and the natures of stone or brickwork, gives us a significant edge over our competitors in the industry.

At BM International, we know masonry is never completely waterproof, because the raw materials are clay, shale, cement, gravel, chip and sand. Even walls made from fired bricks can admit moisture if laid incorrectly or with unsuitable mortar. We have a specialist masonry waterproofing unit on hand to support our construction teams. The wide range of our services, allows us to provide fast and effective protection for residential homes, commercial and institutional buildings.

Call us at (773) – 231 – 5371 or Book an Estimate Online. Visit our office at 3940 W Ferdinand St. Chicago, IL 60624.

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During the building process, our masonry specialists build external walls using best grade bricks and compatible mortar mixes in efforts of protecting your stone and brickwork from damages caused by wind and water. We then install superior quality damp courses, cap all of your exposed parapets, and channel water run-off to avoid pooling. We follow up this process, by double-caulking your doors and windows. When you build with us, under normal circumstances, your stone and brickwork should never need waterproofing. Any long-term resident of Chicago knows however, that our severe weather patterns create many situations that do not fall under ‘normal circumstances’.

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To account for harsh conditions, we apply masonry wall waterproofing compound to all interior courses. Before we apply a waterproof coat a comprehensive visual inspection is done to make sure the surface is clean and all potential problems (ie: damaged bricks, missing mortar or cracking) is eliminated. Waterproofing coatings come in various types of paint or clear sealant, which we use appropriately in relationship to the material we are working with. Waterproof coating can also be applied either by roller, or a spray. To prevent discoloration or unexpected, our masonry specialists always do a sample test to make sure the look of the room is preserved.
This waterproof coating ensures that any moisture which may inadvertently penetrate veneer masonry, is rendered harmless. When building is complete and we are done with waterproofing masonry walls, we hand the project over in utmost confidence that we have taken every step possible to protect your property from the elements.

Below Ground Waterproofing

waterproofing2We are specialists in basement construction and design. Our masonry waterproofing policy is, to prevent external water penetration as close to source as possible. We do this by:

  • Installing external French drains at basement floor level
  • Using gravity to lead moisture away
  • Sealing all penetration points with epoxy urethanes
  • Applying masonry waterproofer compounds to exterior wall surfaces
  • Backfilling the space between excavation and exterior walls with good fill
  • Ensuring that water cannot permeate down from ground level

Every masonry project completed by BM International has the mark of service, quality and integrity about it. Our goal with every waterproofing project, is that the quality of the masonry above and below grounds, lasts for decades. At BM International, we aim to keep your home and property safe, protected, and beautiful through quality service and integrity.

Call us at (773) – 231 – 5371 or Book an Estimate Online. Visit our office at 3940 W Ferdinand St. Chicago, IL 60624.