Waterproofing Design Services

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Expanding L.A. Office

DTR Los Angeles Office


DTR Consulting Services, the "Building Science Guys" continue to grow their latest Los Angeles Area Office, just north of down town in the city of Glendale.  This location will help us to better serve our Clients in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. This office will help support our Orange County office in Irvine along with or two northern California offices. This unadulterated office location allows for the continued expansion of DTR Building Science Division.

Overseeing this office is the Firm Managing Principal | Senior Building Envelope Consultant, BEC, RCI, CDT, SCIP Thomas Berger brings with him a long history of experience and connection to the local community.  DTR Consulting Services continues to work with new and existing Architectural/ Engineering Clients, Building Owners, Contractors and Developers and in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego Area since early 2003. This move allows DTR to build upon our current client base and to expand our Firm to better serve our current and future A/E Clients.

DTR continues to recruit the best new technical building science architects, engineers and consultants the Los Angeles area. Mr. Berger be in charge mentoring new staff members into the existing DTR Culture, providing guidance to both experienced and junior members, and increasing our market share based on our excellent reputation; DTR approach to serving our Clients.  DTR will be looking to hire both Building Envelope Consultants specialized in Building Science, Technical Architects, Construction Specifiers and Construction Inspection & Building Enclosure Testing Staff.

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Please help us Celebrate the Growth of this new DTR Office Location…


Updated: February 2019

Industry News:

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Dynaflair Corporation - name change to Security Closures
Irwin Telescopic Seating Company - merged into Irwin Seating Co.
Compudyne - changed company name to Norment Security Group, had previously combined Norshield Security Products
Dynamic Lighting - name change to Amerlux Exterior
Alcan Composites USA - name change to 3A Composites USA
Oldcastle Glass is now Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Updated: January 03, 2011

Professional Events:

Conferences & Seminars

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Green California Summit & Exposition- Sacramento, CA
April 19 - 20, 2011

AIA National Convention - New Orleans
May 12 - 14, 2011

CSI Construct 2011 - Chicago, IL
September 13 - 16, 2011

Cal Green Seminars - California
January thru April 2011

Updated: January 16, 2011

Moisture Protection


water repellancy


Water Repellents

Proper treatment with water repellents, referred to as "hydrophobation" will properly protect your structure. Many exterior surfaces are porous and absorb water to varying degrees. As water enters the surface it sets up conditions that can result in a variety of problems such as freeze-thaw deterioration, structural degradation, mold & mildew, and damage to interior drywall, carpeting and flooring.

Below Grade

Cold Fluid Applied Waterproofing

Leaking into sub-levels of a building is a common problem for building operators and managers. Air quality, such as radon, and conditioning in terms of humidity levels are often a concern.


Cold Applied Waterproofing


Joint Sealants

Sealant selection and application is paramount to proper performance. There are many considerations in selecting the proper sealant including sealant type and color. The desired result should be a sealant system that is watertight, insulating, resistant to the effects of air pressure, and cost-effective.


joint sealant application


Retaining Walls

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.


self adhered waterproofing membrane

Vapor Barriers

Underslab Vapor Barriers

Water vapor is another problem associated with water intrusion, as it may exacerbate the spread of toxic fungi or mold in addition to causing pre-mature flooring failures.   The presence of mold may pose a health risk to the occupants.


In order to manage humidity, it is extremely important that vapor barriers are properly placed during construction..


underslab vapor barrier

Waterproofing Design Services


What's at Stake

Water infiltration is one of the most terrible things that can happen to a building. When water infiltrates the structure of a building, it can be quite insidious. The structural integrity of a building can be severely compromised when water damage occurs in addition to environmental consequences. Therefore, building waterproofing is of the utmost importance, particularly in areas that are prone to heavy rains and flooding conditions.

Building waterproofing can and should be designed, specified and observed by a qualified waterproofing professional.



Waterproofing is defined as the resistance of the passage of water under hydrostatic head pressure. Hydrostatic head pressure means water is present from underground water buildup. This pressure is greater in soils that don't allow much water to flow away from a building, like clay and solid rock. Waterproofing Materials are available to suit the varied building site conditions:

Below Grade Walls – Walls of a building's basement levels are sometimes protected against water seepage as the space may be used as storage, parking, or other occupancy use allowed by code.

Above Grade, Buried Plaza Areas – In many cases, plaza waterproofing located above occupied spaces is buried under pavers, grass and other plantings. These applications are referred to as waterproofing projects in most cases, and may have different assembly configuration and detailing methods than a conventional roofing assembly.

Above Grade, Surfaced Waterproofing Systems – Many types of coatings are applied to deck assemblies for auto and pedestrian traffic, sports surfaces and other applications. These coating systems are applied by CRCA Member Roofing and Waterproofing Contractors.

Underground Buildings – The roofs of underground buildings are considered waterproofing applications because they are usually buried under some amount of insulation, drainage systems and soil or other topping. As such, waterproofing materials, systems and details are used instead of typical roofing details. This is due to the unknown direction of water travel. Once a structure is underground, water may seep from above or be driven by water pressure upward towards the ground surface. Special Flashings and other procedures are necessary to produce a successful waterproofing project.


Dampproofing Dampproofing is defined as the resistance of water in the absence of hydrostatic head pressure. Dampproofing materials typically will not bridge cracks in concrete that may occur during the life of a building. Dampproofing Applications Dampproofing can be used on either Residential or Commercial / Industrial / Institutional Applications. Most Dampproofing products are spray applied very quickly and applied at around thinner in some cases than waterproofing. Therefore, Dampproofing may be significantly less costly than waterproofing.

In construction, a building or structure is dampproofed or waterproofed with the use of membranes and coatings to protect contents underneath or within as well as protecting structural integrity. The waterproofing of the building 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.

Envelope Waterproofing

In building construction, a structure needs waterproofing since masonry or concrete by itself will not be watertight on its own (but can be sometimes waterproofed with additives). The conventional system of waterproofing involves 'membranes'. This relies on the application of one or more layers of membrane (available in various materials: e.g., bitumen, silicate, PVC, EPDM etc.) that act as a barrier between the water and the building structure, preventing the passage of water. However, the membrane system relies on exacting application, presenting difficulties. Problems with application or adherence to the substrate can lead to leakage.

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 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 crystallization 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.

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.


Below Grade Waterproofing

Below grade waterproofing once completed becomes very difficult since the water pressure is from the negative side (from outside coming inside), the difficulty arises when a membrane cannot withstand hydrostatic pressure from within the substrate and therefore fails. Water may enter below grade through various means including through joints, walls, or floors.

Various below grade waterproofing systems address these problems. There are many systems available of varying cost, effectiveness, and installation invasiveness. Specially used membranes in this field are protection board sheets. Basement waterproofing may be done internally and externally. Because basement foundations can be brick, block, concrete, and even wood, it is important to pick the right waterproofing system for the right foundation. One effective way to waterproof cracks in poured concrete walls is by epoxy injection.


Design Assistance

Our technical involvement in the building specifications and product selection assistance services enables us to keep current with the many advancements and new products being introduced by product manufacturers. We maintain an ongoing review program of testing and analyzing new products and procedures in order to evaluate their usefulness to our clients needs.

This knowledge of the industry enables us to provide the most applicable specifications for our clients. In addition to providing the best specifications, our experienced technical staff can assist you in the design of the most appropriate and effective details for our A/E client's projects. These designs are communicated by means of plans and details. Specifications are prepared using Microsoft Word, plans and details are prepared using AutoCad software.

Our documentation (specifications, plans, and details) are suitable for the Architect/Engineer to incorporate into thier bid documents. No matter how extensive the details, or how applicable the specifications and drawings, the success of any project is largely dependent on the execution by the contractor.

Because of the importance of the execution, we encourage our A/E clients to utilize our on-site quality control inspection and other Contract Monitoring services.




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