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How To Find the Best Waterproofing in Marin County CA


Water in the basement (especially a flooded basement), a flooded crawlspace, the need for sump pumps or sealing the basement against water, roof leaks and deck leaks are all issues of waterproofing in Marin County. Waterproofing contractors in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA provide water sealant services, leak detection and leak prevention through the use of water repellents, wall coatings, waterproof membranes, and more.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best waterproofing contractors in Marin County and issues related to hiring them.

 

Updated December 11, 2016

 The TOP 10 Waterproofing Contractors in Marin County CA

Boesel Design & Construction
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(415) 456-4605, (415) 608-1489
136 Allyn Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960
State Contractors License #499141 (B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10

Areas Served: Bay Area & Marin incl. Fairfax CA, San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Sausalito CA, ...
Services: waterproofing, roof waterproofing, basement waterproofing

Westward Builders, Inc.
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(415) 459-2130
PO Box 150208
San Rafael, CA 94915
State Contractor's License #327365 (A,B)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau Marin Builders Association

Areas Served: Marin County incl. Sausalito CA, San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Novato CA, Kentfield,...
Services: basement waterproofing, drainage

Mares & Dow Construction
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(415) 447-6136
1155 Ellis St.  Suite #4
San Francisco, CA 94109
State license #618118 (B,C-10)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 Build It Green USGBC Member (U.S. Green Building Council) NorCal Solar (Northern California Solar Energy Association) Velux 5 Star Certified Installer

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Ross CA, Tiburon CA, San Anselmo CA
Services: basement waterproofing, french drains, waterproofing draingage systems
Key Brands: Andersen Windows & Doors, Bristolite Daylighting Systems, Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors, ...

Urban Waterproofing Inc
(415) 302-6050
40 Lisbon Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, San Anselmo CA, Novato CA, Larkspur CA, Kentfield CA
Services: moisture preventure,water seepage,water leakproofing,waterproofing

How To Find the Best Waterproofing in Marin County CA 

California state licensing for waterproofing companies in Marin County includes the C-61 specialty license and its D51 subcategory for waterproofing and weatherproofing. If the waterproofing company has employees, they are legally required to have workers' compensation insurance to protect you the customer from being sued if an injury occurs during work performed at your property.  Waterproofing contractors are not required by law to have general liability insurance; however, all waterproofing companies bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage to reimburse you in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 such as our research phone calls to their previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.

Waterproofing is most effective when done at the time of construction because concrete itself is not watertight on its own.  One approach is the application of waterproof membranes of various materials like bitumen, silicate, or polymer sheets that act as a barrier between the building and the water.  A more recent approach uses additives to the concrete itself, known as integral waterproofing systems. There are two types of integral systems to give concrete a waterproof quality: hydrophilic which replaces the water in the concrete with crystals, and hydrophobic which uses fatty acids to block pores within the concrete, preventing water passage.

But the need for waterproofing contractors in Marin County often involves solving water leaks, water seepage, and flooding in existing structures, especially cellars, basements, and crawl spaces.  

Basement Waterproofing
There are two categories of basement flooding. One is surface water entering the basement from the walls, including windows, wall cracks, pipe penetrations leaks, or basement wall seepage.  The other category is groundwater in the basement through the floor slab, or the cove joint which is where the basement floor and walls meet. This kind of water seepage is referred to as hydrostatic pressure. Good waterproofing contractors will start by determining if the flooding is through the walls or through the floor (hydrostatic pressure) or both.

Basement Flooding from the Walls
Basement water problems are rarely solved by applying waterproof compounds to the interior walls since those interior coatings will degrade over time or can't handle the pressure of water already penetrating the wall.   Cellar dewatering or basement waterproofing is properly done on the exterior, so that water never accumulates around the foundation.   This may include grading the soil to keep water at least 15 feet away, installing a drywell if a downhill slope to the foundation is unavoidable, extending gutter downspouts further away from the walls, and correcting window wells that accumulate water.

Basement Flooding from the Floor Slab (Hydrostatic Pressure)
The amount of ground water can increase with rainfall, causing hydrostatic pressure that pushes water through the cellar floor. The most common solution is installing a drainage system which includes a drainage pipe, gravel or drainage stone, concrete to cover the gravel, and a discharge system consisting of a sump basin and sump pump.   Proper installation of a basement drainage system will prevent seepage by removing water before it rises to the level of the basement floor and divert it to a sump well recessed in the floor where a sump pump discharges it elsewhere.   Basement drainage systems are usually installed along the interior part of the foundation and can be retrofitted into homes when exterior drainage systems fail or don't exist.

Sump pumps ideally should include a battery back-up to prevent failure during power blackouts since storms can be the common source of both rainfall and power outages.

 
Crawl Space Waterproofing
Originally it was believed that moisture control of crawl spaces was achieved by venting the crawl space to the outside.  More recent experience indicates that crawl space venting leads to moisture problems like mold, rot and insects because the moisture level of crawl spaces fluctuates with the outside humidity, while a closed crawl space remains dry.   For existing crawl spaces, waterproofing a crawl space includes fixing water entry problems, closing off the wall vents, installing a full ground moisture barrier (lining the ground with plastic) inside the crawl space.   The crawl space should not be closed off if there is unresolved water entry or if furnaces or water heaters are supplied with air from the crawl space.  If the hot water heater relief line and drain pan terminate in the crawl space, piping should be added to run these lines to outdoors to prevent overflow from flooding the crawl space.

Installing a crawl space drain will prevent plumbing leaks and water spills from creating standing water on top of the ground moisture barrier (such as ground lining polyethylene). Moldy crawl space air can be prevented from entering the house by sealing floor holes and duct leaks.   Closing the crawl space from outdoors includes sealing wall vent openings with rigid foam and sealing with caulk, expanding foam, or mastic, sealing all wall penetrations for electrical and plumbing, and adjusting the crawl space door or access panel for a tight fit. Sealing a crawl space can reduce moisture levels such that hardwood flooring above it may shrink and show gaps while some previously buckled by moisture have flattened out.   Some waterproofing companies may recommend permanently installing a dehumidifier inside the crawl space.


Full Service Waterproofing  vs One-Size-Fits-All
Many waterproofing contractors offer only one kind of solution, or their own patented system.  If your own research or an independent inspection has already determined that's exactly the kind of waterproofing you need, then it can make sense to hire that company.  But if you have not determined yet the exact cause of the problem and the right approach, then a company that sells only one kind of waterproofing might not be the best option.  Some waterproofing contractors are "full service" meaning they provide multiple options and approaches and can recommend one based on an inspection of your property and determination of the exact causes of water seepage or water leaks in your case.   And remember, cheap waterproofing has not saved you any money when it fails to work,  so think long term, and look for written guarantees which can be anywhere from several years, decades or a lifetime warranty. 

Some Waterproofing Contractors in Marin County Are A Better Value Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these contractors for waterproofing in Marin County CA: Boesel Design & Construction, Westward Builders, Inc., Mares & Dow Construction, Urban Waterproofing Inc, North Bay Waterproofing Inc, Aquatech Consultancy Inc, Kelly Waterproofing. Other waterproofing companies in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: Architectural Restoration & Waterproofing, Aqua Stop Waterproofing. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Waterproofing Contractors in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.


 

 

Questions to Ask Waterproofing Contractors in Marin County CA 


When it comes to waterproofing in Marin County CA, ask them these questions about their abilities, experience, and credentials:

• How long have they been waterproofing in Marin County specifically? (Different areas can have unique soil conditions, water table and rainfall issues that it helps to be experienced with.)

• Do they provide only one type of waterproofing? What types don't they provide?

• In the case of basement waterproofing, do they do exterior work or only interior? If they do basement drain systems, are they above the footing (might be less effective) or sub-floor (below the slab).

• How many other waterproofing jobs have they done of the exact type you're seeking (sub floor interior drains and sump pumps, soil grading, liquid sealants, etc).  Different types of waterproofing requires different skills, tools, and experience.

• Can the waterproofing company give you names and numbers you can call as references? (All waterproofing contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• How do they determine pricing?

• Will they be performing every stage of the work or do they use subcontractors?

• Is there a written guarantee, for how many years, and what are the terms?

•  Can the waterproofing contractor vouch that all their employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All waterproofing companies  bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• Do they have active workers' compensation and general liability insurance? (All waterproofing contractors bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• What inspection work will they do before preparing an estimate?


• How long will it take and does the waterproofing company give any kind of guarantee of completion by your deadline date?


• How well do they know their crews? Do they personally hire and train their crews, or do they bring them in from the outside on a project-by-project basis?


When you've chosen the best waterproofing contractor in Marin County for your needs, make sure they are still licensed. (All waterproofing companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

 

 

Resources About Waterproofing in Marin County CA 


The following is a list of trade associations and publications related to waterproofing contractors.


Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations for Waterproofing in Marin County CA


CSLB Contractors State License Board
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs

Basement Health Association

www.basementhealthpros.com

The Waterproofing Contractors Association
www.thewaterproofers.org

SWRI (Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute)
www.swrionline.org

LRWA (Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Association)
www.lrwa.org.uk

SWA (Sealant and Waterproofing Association)
www.swao.com

NAWSRC (National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors)
www.nawsrc.org









Publications for Waterproofing Companies in Marin County


Applicator Magazine
www.swrionline.org/resources/applicator.asp

Clear Water Repellent Manual
www.swrionline.org/store/index.asp?Category=P

Waterproof Magazine
www.waterproofmag.com

Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing Magazine
www.arwarchitect.com



 


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