Difference Between Waterproofing And Damp Proofing

Waterproofing in Victoria BC and damp proofing are two terms that are, now and then, used interchangeably in the basement waterproofing industry.

Whenever you hear the words “waterproofing” and “damp proofing” of the foundation and basement of your home, can you tell the difference?

In controlling the moisture inside your house, it is important to know the differences between waterproofing and damp proofing, so you can decide which is more appropriate and cost-effective for your house.

Damp Proofing

This is the method of installation of technology or surface to inhibit moisture due to differences in moisture content, temperature and vapor pressure through the basement envelope. This stops water from accumulating on the outer surfaces of the envelope, which are the floor slabs and walls.

Damp proofing prevents dampness on your basement; however, it doesn’t stop water from sipping in as compared to waterproofing that terminates water from going in the basement through the cracks.


This is the method of treating a structure or surface to stop the passage of water through the building envelope by hydrostatic pressure. Waterproofing offers a total and constant barrier against water penetration. In damp proofing, materials like liquid asphalt are used as proofing substance. Such materials have the capability to stop dampness from leaking into the surfaces of the wall and the floor as long as there are no cracks, while waterproofing is achieved when the cracks and holes are completely sealed with various kinds of waterproof materials, depending on the type of materials used in constructing your home.

Waterproofing stops groundwater from the rain and constant humidity from leaking in the house’s foundation. Damp proofing doesn’t repel water enough to stop oversaturation from the ground water or constant humidity. As a result, damp proofing permits hydroelectric pressure and waterproofing stops hydroelectric pressure.

The difference between damp proofing and waterproofing is very significant since these treatments offer a particular degree of barrier to basements water infiltration attained by definitely various methods.

Wet Coast Drainage Solutions offers all sorts of waterproofing and drainage solutions. Contact them for more information.